Japanese Women's
Entrepreneurship Program


The U.S.-Japan Bilateral Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Initiative is presented by 3 Day Startup and Keio University, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. Program takes place December 3-5, 2021.

U.S.-Japan Bilateral Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Initiative

3 Day Startup and Keio University are pleased to present the U.S.-Japan Bilateral Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Development Initiative in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Tokyo. This initiative is designed to help young, aspiring women entrepreneurs in Tokyo, Japan build the skills, knowledge, and network to create value and start new ventures. 

*This program will be held virtually with the possibility of in-person elements depending on health guidelines

Program Details

With an engaging curriculum combined with experiential learning, 40 young Japanese women leaders and 10 young men will learn the essential building blocks of creating a successful business venture and how to prototype business models to solve real-world issues applying US methods and approaches.

  • Learn and apply methodologies utilized by successful startups
  • Effectively assess business opportunities
  • Deliver a compelling pitch in front of a live panel

Weekend Overview

Day 1: Participants arrive at 4:30PM on Friday, December 3rd. Teams form and facilitator leads the group through opportunity recognition, ideation methods, design thinking, and developing early concepts.

Day 2: Participants focus on business model formation. Teams conduct customer discovery, test hypotheses, apply lean methodology, and receive feedback from mentors and peers.

Day 3: An intensive pitch workshop prepares teams to delivery strong pitches/demos before a panel of entrepreneurship and business experts.

Application Details

Application open to Japanese women and men currently enrolled in university and living in or around the Tokyo area. Limited scholarships will be awarded to select students to subsidize costs associated with access to reliable internet.

Deadline to apply is November 15th, 2021

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Erika Haskins – CEO | 3 Day Startup

Tokyo Partners

Our Tokyo Partners help recruit participants for the Initiative and help develop the real-world problem sets that our innovators work on. 

Contact the Organizing Team

For questions about the program, please contact 3DS Associate Director of Program Operations, Sophia Javaheri, at sophia@3daystartup.org

About 3 Day Startup

3 Day Startup (“3DS”) is an international 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas that teaches emerging leaders to leverage entrepreneurial thinking and creates spaces for inclusive innovation. Based on each country and community’s needs and opportunities, 3DS tailors their recruitment and training curriculum to ensure equitable learning opportunities. Over the past 12 years, 3DS programs have developed entrepreneurial capabilities in more than 16,700 young leaders worldwide, resulting in hundreds of companies, $217 million raised by program alumni, and alumni accepted into top-tier global startup accelerator programs like Y-Combinator and Techstars. Our programs and partnerships support emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in creating value and driving impact in their local ecosystems through new business development, job creation, civic engagement, and social innovation.