Global Innovation Program 2014 in Silicon Valley

Host: City Planning Bureau, City of Osaka

Global Innovation Program 2014 in Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley is called the sacred place of innovation.
What kind of place is this really and how did Apple and Google start in this particular place?
Experience, learn, and think about what entrepreneurship is, through one week stay in Silicon Valley.

This program is for entrepreneurial mindset through sessions at leading companies and university in Silicon Valley and to give opportunities for participants to brush up their business plans to make presentation in English. Participants may have chance to receive feedbacks from local venture capitalists, which makes this program practical, as we witnessed new entrepreneurs come out from the tour members of last year.

Tour dates

Monday, February 24, 2014 – Saturday, March 1, 2014
※Participants are to meet and dismiss at San Francisco International Airport.

Prior training

【Learning effective presentation skills in English】

Prior to the tour, this training course gives you the business planning basics and more effective presentation skills in English in light of business plan brush-up.

Date and time:The course includes two sessions.
The first session
6:30pm – 8:30 pm, Thursday, January 23, 2014 (tentative, reception opens at 6:00pm)
Learning business planning basics (tentative)
The second session
6:30pm – 8:00 pm, Monday, February 3, 2014 (tentative, reception opens at 6:00pm)
Learning effective presentation skills in English (tentative)
※Networking session will take place at 8:00pm in GVH seminar room (fee: JPY 1,000).
Osaka Innovation Hub (OIH)
Networking session: Global Venture Habitat Osaka (GVH Osaka)
GVH Osaka is located next to OIH.
The detailed access
Participation fee
Seminar: Free
Networking session: JPY 1,000(tax included) ※Please make a payment at reception desk.
Akihiro Ideguchi
After working for Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Akihiro Ideguchi joined GLOBIS in January 2005. He also worked for the Management Strategy Division of Sanwa Research Institute Corporation, where he was involved in various projects such as marketing, new business development and human resource management.
Mr. Ideguchi received a Masters degree in Policy and Management from Doshisha Graduate University and an MBA from London Business School.


Visiting plan at leading enterprises and incubator facilities in Silicon Valley is being prepared.
Information is to be updated.

Date and time Course for “Student and Younger Member of Society”Entrepreneurial Mindset Program Course for ”Entrepreneur”Brush up on business planning program through presentation to investors in Silicon Valley
Monday February 24 ・Meet at SFO in the morning
・Lecture by Prof. Richard B. Dasher at Stanford University
Tuesday February 25 ・Visit to Tesla Motors (tentative)
・Visit to businesses (under adjustment)
・Visit to 500 Startups, Networking session
・Visit to Tesla Motors (tentative)
・Visit to businesses (under adjustment)
・Visit to 500 Startups, Mentoring session, Networking session
Wednesday February 26 ・Workshop at TechShop
・Visit to businesses (under adjustment)
・Workshop at TechShop
・Visit to businesses (under adjustment)
Thursday February 27 ・Visit to Tie Global, Networking session (tentative)
・Visit to businesses (under adjustment)
・Visit to Tie Global, Mentoring session, Networking session(tentative)
・Visit to businesses(under adjustment)
・Presentations at leading companies and establishments in Silicon Valley
Friday February 28 ・Presentation at SunBridge USA
Saturday March 1 ・Dismiss at SFO in the morning
Monday March 17
Report Meeting on Global Innovation Program2014

▼Program for 2013 :
▼Movie of previous tour :
※Please have a look for your information.


Richard B. Dasher
PhD, Research center director, consulting professor at Stanford University; management consultant
In the Stanford University School of Engineering, Dr. Richard Dasher has directed the US-Asia Technology Management Center since 1994 and served concurrently as Executive Director of the Center for Integrated Systems since 1998. He holds Consulting Professor appointments at Stanford in the Departments of Electrical Engineering (technology management), Asian Languages (Japanese business), and with the Stanford Program on Regions of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
From 2004, Dr. Dasher became the first non-Japanese person ever asked to join the governance of a Japanese national university, serving as a Board Director and then on the Management Council of Tohoku University until 2010. Dr. Dasher is a board director of the Japan Society of Northern California and the Keizai Society U.S. – Japan Business Forum. He is on the advisory boards of start-up companies in the U.S., Japan, and China. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Linguistics from Stanford University and is co-author of the book ‘Regularity in Semantic Change’ (Cambridge University Press, 2002).

Visit destination

The places to visit will be leading companies and business incubation facilities in Silicon Valley. Visit information will be updated soon, as the plan is currently being adjusted.

Enterprises and business incubation facilities located in the southern part of Bay Area in San Francisco, Santa Clara Valley and its neighborhood in northern California, USA

Stanford UniversityPrestigious school located in the Silicon Valley that has been producing many people with highly entrepreneurial spirit such as founders of Yahoo! and Google.
Tesla MotorsLeading venture company in Silicon Valley led by Elon Musk, the co-founder of PayPal, that develops battery-powered electric vehicles.
500StartupsVenture capital in Silicon Valley that provides vigorous entrepreneurial community through one of a kind startup facilitation programs (seed accelerator).
Plug and Play Tech CenterIncubation facility that includes more than 300 start-up companies worldwide. Its scale and quality of service is highly acclaimed among among Silicon Valley.
Tie GlobalOrganization founded in Silicon Valley in 1992 mainly by successful entrepreneurs with roots in the Indian region. They support production of next generation entrepreneurs currently by entrepreneurship support member and entrepreneurs totaling 13,000 and more than 2,500 central members deployed in 61 bases in 17 countries.
TechShopA chain of member-based DIY workshops based in Menlo Park, California.
They have not only much-talked-about 3D printers but also current model machines, NC machine tools and making machines that can hardly be purchased by individuals.
Mobile MeetupPlug and Play Tech Center and Microsoft are co-sponsoring the Mobile Innovators group, one of the most influential groups in Silicon Valley. Please join us this Wednesday for startup pitches, networking, and refreshments.
Cisco Systems, Inc.An American multinational corporation founded in 1984 and headquartered in San Jose, California.
Cisco has shaped the future of the Internet by creating unprecedented value and opportunity for all peoples, and has become the worldwide leader in networking.
BoxBox was established by Aaron Levie on 2005 and is an online file sharing and cloud content management service for businesses. Box has raised the fund of approximately $400 million, and obtained more 20 million users.


For all participants

  • ・Application for this program is open to all people in Japan, not only in Osaka City.
    Attendance to the Report Meeting on Global Innovation Program2014 to be held in Osaka City on March 17, 2014 is obligation for all participants.
  • ・Applicants submit business plan document in maximum of 10 page PDF or Powerpoint format by Friday, December 27, 2013 (We do not accept neither Word nor Excel files).
    ※Procedure for file submission will be notified upon completion of your application.
  • ・Participants selected by secretariat based on the submitted business plan document will receive confirmation mail of participation.
    ※Language for your business plan document can be either Japanese or English. Presentation has to be made in English during the whole tour.
  • ・All participants are requested to apply for this program individually, with or without team.
    Business plan has to be submitted only by the representative of each team.

For each course

Course for “Student and Younger Member of Society”
・Students or young members of society with concrete business plan
・To participate in a team, up to three members can be included in principle.
Course for ”Entrepreneur”
・Required to have within five year business experience after starting business in principle
・To participate in a team, up to two members can be included in principle.

Number of participants

Course for “Student and Younger Member of Society”:About 30

Course for ”Entrepreneur”:About 10

Participation Fee

About JPY100,000(Accommodation, meals, networking session, insurance)

  • ※Airfare is not included. Please prepare your own air ticket.
  • ※Only twin room is available for participants, and room assignment cannot be changed.
  • ※To request a single room, about JPY40,000 will be charged additionally.
  • ※Change is possible depending on the program.


Pictures and movies filmed during this whole event will be used for sending information, and reports in the media are also anticipated. Please understand and realize that your image can be included in articles, footage and so forth. All the participants are considered to have agreed on this matter in advance.

Application deadline

Friday, December 27, 2013


Innovate!osaka office
TEL: 06-6359-3004 (Mon.-Fri. 10:00-20:30 *Except for public holidays and new-year-holidays)
Inquiry Form

  • ※Once you complete an application process, we will send a confirmation to the e-mail address you registered. In case you don’t receive it, please contact us.
  • ※This project is operated by innovate!osaka which is organized by Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International, SunBridge Global Ventures Inc., Urban Innovation Institute and Osaka Urban Industry Promotion Center, under entrustment by Osaka City.