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Part-time" option to challenge and awaken potential innovators

Creww, which has supported numerous open innovation projects under its vision of "Creating an era of great challenges," is launching a project that offers part-time participation in startups. Creww, which has supported numerous open innovation projects under its vision of "Creating an Era of Great Challenges," is launching a project that will enable part-time participation in startups.
We interviewed the person in charge of the SHIFT(x) project to learn more about this new initiative.

This article is reprinted from the "SHIFT (x)" page, a management human resources support program for startups operated by the Japan Institute for Social Infrastructure Development (JISSUI) with funding from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

Tomoyuki Mizuno Director/Managing Director, Creww K.K.

Born in 1977. Born in Kanagawa Prefecture. After graduating from high school in Japan, he went to college in the United States. With experience in sales and management at several IT venture companies, he joined Creww Inc. in 2013 and became a director of Creww in 2017. He has been involved in more than 220 accelerator programs at Creww and has been responsible for overseeing the open innovation business, which has generated more than 690 business applications. He also works with government agencies such as the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, and has given numerous lectures at local governments and universities across Japan.

Dongtor Lee Startup Team Director, Creww K.K.

Born in 1984. After graduating from high school in Japan, he went to college in the United States, where he majored in music business. In 2013, he worked as a sales manager at a web service company founded by Ijichi in the U.S. In the same year, he returned to Japan to help launch the Japanese subsidiary of the same company, where he served as the representative director. Since Creww's inception, he has been involved in the management of open innovation programs and startup support to help startups and major companies create new businesses, He is currently working on revitalizing the community to promote the startup ecosystem in Japan.

Part-time projects" are an option to create a more challenging environment.

Please tell us about the background of Creww's application for this project.

Mizuno:We believe that there are three management challenges for startups: people, money, and growth opportunities. Startups raise funds, hire people, and grow their businesses. In this process, we have recently seenIncreasingly, even when procurement is available, people cannot be hired, creating a bottleneck for growthI think that this is a good thing. Creww, which is also a startup, has also felt the challenge of hiring.

There are several reasons for this. Of course, the organizational structure on the startup side is weak and not enough resources are allocated to recruiting activities, but there are only 0 or 100 options for how human resources can get involved with the startup,The problem is that there is only full commitment.I thought it might be a good idea.

Participation in startups certainly gives the impression that it is a full-time commitment!

Mizuno:I think both startups and human resources have only had the idea of full time until now, and have not had the option of part time help only when and when needed.

Until now, for those who wanted to try their hand at startups, the only options were to quit and start their own business or change jobs, which inevitably involves the risk of "quitting". ThereforeA platform that allows you to take on the challenge of zero initiative while continuing your core businessThe start-up project was launched in 2019 and began in earnest in March 2020 as a

What have you been doing at STARTUP STUDIO?

Mizuno:Our company operates a "STARTUP STUDIO by CrewwThe ",Platform for individuals to get together and start zeroing in on a project basis and gather members.It is. The process of bringing together people from large companies, freelancers, and others with very different skills and upbringing, and launching a zero startup is exactly the same environment as that of a startup. The number of registered members has grown to about 7,300. My impression is that the number of participants who work for companies has been increasing in recent years.

While running the Startup Studio, we have sensed a need on the human resource side for more involvement in startups, and we have actually seen cases of people changing jobs to startups, etc. We were thinking about sending people to startups... and this is when we decided to apply for this project. I was thinking about sending people to startups... and the timing coincided with the open recruitment for this project, so I decided to apply.

If it's something you really want to do, you can be seriously involved, even part-time.

How can we participate in this new project?

Lee:First, we interview the startups,Identification of management issues that can be turned into projectsThe startups may not have experience in this type of work. The startup does not have experience in this type of work, so it may be more appropriate to encourage and educate them to make it into a project. Since it is a project, defining the time frame and results will make it easier for outside personnel to participate.

Individuals apply for projects that fit their criteria and go through a selection process,Once matched, participate in the startup as a side/additional jobThe project will be When the objective is achieved, the project is terminated, and if both parties wish, the project can continue. As the startup evaluates the individual's achievements, evaluations are accumulated, which can be used to challenge the individual to participate in another startup.

What is required on the human resources side in matching?

Mizuno:We believe that the most important factor is whether the personnel can empathize with the startup and want to take on the challenge. The reason why this business exists and its raison d'etre is tied to the challenge,Whether the sense of task feels an affinity with yourselfI think that the I believe that skill comes next.

Even in our start-up studios, not all projects continue. In the end, it is not the idea or the content of the project that matters, but the person who is committed to finishing the project and running it through to the end that is important. In that sense, passive people who cite reasons why they can't do something may not be suited for the job.

I think it must be difficult to create value on a part-time basis.

Mizuno:With what I said earlier, in the end, it is whether or not you really want to go through with it.If it's something you really want to do, you can be seriously involved, even part-time.I am not sure how long it will take to get the job done. The details will need to be verified in the future, but I do not believe it is the length of time.

I think it would be a risk for both parties to suddenly hire a person full time for a fast-changing startup.The process of understanding each other and creating a way of working together on both sides.So I believe there are mutual benefits to part-time work.

Change the environment and mindset of potential innovators

What kind of changes and growth do you see in the people involved in Zero-ichi?

Mizuno:The biggest change is in the mindset. The most common comment from participants is, "I didn't know how to do that,Aptitude for zeroing in is more a matter of mindset, not skill.I feel that this is the case. I believe that even those who have a high capacity for output in large companies often do not have the mindset to take on challenges, and that if the environment and mindset are in place, their abilities and skills will flourish and grow.

Lee:Through this project,I would like to evaluate and visualize in some way the abilities/skills required for zeroing in.I think that this is a good idea. For example, in the past, we have defined the six "ability sets" as (1) business sense, (2) ability to take action, (3) ability to involve others, (4) presentation ability, (5) conceptualization ability, and (6) facilitation ability. I think it will be easier for startups to hire people with these skills.

What kind of people would you like to see participate in this project?

Lee:Not to mention the approximately 7,300 people registered in the Startup Studio,Interested in taking on start-up challenges.If so, I would like you to join us. Through the Startup Studio, we have learned that there are many potential innovators in the world. In that potential layer,Encouraging potential employees to take on challenges by presenting options other than changing careers or starting a businessI would like to do so.

Mizuno:I think there are many people in the world today who feel some kind of discomfort or want to make a change. In order to push those people, I want them to think that the only way to challenge there is to change jobs or start a business, so I want to create other options.

Once we are clear on the "why" of the challenge, we can start to break down the "what" and "how" of the challenge. We will be able to bite off the "what" and "how" of the challenge.Our mission is to eliminate reasons not to try when you want to try.I believe that this is a good thing. If you want to challenge something, the environment is ready for you, so I want you to take on challenges without fear of failure.

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