ICU students win award at Startup Stage Business Contest, selected to represent Kanto region at Entrepreneurs' Koshien held by MIC
Update: February 3, 2021
Ms. Mifuyu Watanabe (3rd year student, College of Liberal Arts; major: Media, Communication and Culture) and Mr. David Au (AU, CHUN YAN, 4th year student, College of Liberal Arts; major: Philosophy and Religion) received the NICT Award at the Startup Stage Business Contest on Saturday, December 19, 2020, organized by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).
Simultaneously, it was decided that they will represent the Kanto region and participate in Entrepreneurs' Koshien and Entrepreneurs' Expo (together called Entrepreneurs' Challenge 2 Days) organized by NICT and Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), and that an ICU graduate would provide them with support as a mentor.
Entrepreneurs' Koshien and Entrepreneurs' Expo are scheduled to be held in March 2021.
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Comment upon winning the award:
To be honest, the fact that we won such a great award felt unreal, but recently I finally started feeling the joy. Through this opportunity, we were able to create a pitch and learn a lot by developing our own product and carrying out its marketing. I genuinely feel great that we gathered courage and took that step forward. We worked as one in taking on the challenge in this competition and were able to win the ticket for the national meet, the next stage, thanks to support from so many people including our mentors.
I would like to express my gratitude to my family, friends, and mentors who have always encouraged me, as well as other participants, who are our rivals, and everyone who supported the competition. With the hard work we put in with conviction delivering tangible results, I have gained confidence to take the next step. We will do our best so as to showcase our further growth at the national meet (Entrepreneurs' Koshien) on March 1, 2021.