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YOTSUYA HATCH, the first startup pitch event in Sophia University's history, will be held!

Sophia Start-up Club, a Sophia University-accredited student entrepreneurship club, will hold its first ever start-up pitch event, YOTSUYA HATCH, on Saturday, April 22 at the Kabuki-za Tower!

Sophia Start-up Awards "YOTSUYA HATCH," the first start-up pitch in Sophia University's history

This event is the university's first startup pitch event in the form of an awards ceremony where Sophia University leaders who are contributing to society from various perspectives can gather and introduce their activities to each other and celebrate each other. Contestants will have 5 minutes to pitch their businesses, business ideas, and activities, which will be evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of VCs, professors, and entrepreneurs, and the winners will be awarded prizes and cash prizes.

In addition to pitches by contestants, there will also be a long-term intern matching event and a social event, so anyone can easily participate!
If you are interested in entrepreneurship and would like to visit Sophia University to see its leaders, you are welcome to do so!

About the project name

Sophia Start-up Awards "YOTSUYA HATCH
The name "Hatch" implies that we will create a place in "Yotsuya" where people who are active in various fields can gather and "Sophia students with entrepreneurial potential = golden eggs" will be hatched by the power of this project, "Hatch". We are planning to hold the next and subsequent events at universities.

Background of the project

Although Sophia University has many entrepreneurs and other leaders who are taking the initiative and contributing to society, there are not enough opportunities for these people to be noticed on campus, and students do not have the opportunity to learn about their activities, which makes it difficult to create students who will follow in their footsteps. In light of these issues, the first event of this series will focus on "people" rather than "business" in spite of being a start-up pitch event.

Therefore, with regard to screening, the emphasis is not on evaluating the investment value of the companies they manage, but rather on whether they contribute to solving the problems of others with entrepreneurship and are a goal for other students.

Sophia Start-up Club hopes to create a trend of more leaders who can contribute to society from Sophia University, a private university in Japan, through the continuous hosting of this project.

In the future, we aim to create an environment that will serve as a foundation for more start-up companies to emerge from Sophia University that will change society.

Competitive divisions

Startup Division A: The content of the pitch is the business you are working on in your company. Only current students may participate.
Startup Division BPitches are for projects that the company is working on; only U-30 graduates are eligible to compete.
Business Idea CategoryPitches are about business ideas that you would like to realize. Only current students may participate.
Activities and Research DivisionsPitches: The content of the pitches are introductions of activities and graduate school research by extracurricular activity groups. Only current students may participate.
Exhibition Section: Pitch content includes business and company introductions. Only veteran alumni are invited to speak at the exhibition.
For the first event, contestants were limited to current Sophia University students and Sophia University alumni.
Each presenter will be announced at a later date.

Awards and Prizes

YOTSUYA HATCH Grand Prize (selected from Startup Category A and B): 150,000 yen
Entrepreneurship Award (selected from the Business Ideas category): 50,000 yen
Jury's Special Prize (selected from all categories): 50,000 yen
The details of each jury will be released at a later date.

time schedule

10:00-12:00 "Silsta" Intern Event
→This event is for students who wish to attend only, those who wish to watch only, please see the schedule from 13:00.

13:00-13:30 Opening (Registration starts at 12:30)
13:40~16:00 Pitch part
16:00-17:00 Talk session
17:00-18:00 Award presentation and ending
18:00-20:00 Dinner and social part

The above time schedule is a rough flow chart and is subject to change.
*Participation and leaving during the session is permitted.

On the day of the event, before the pitch event, we will hold an internship event called "Silsta," which is open to all university students.

At this event, you will be able to find out exclusive information about companies that you can only hear by actually attending the event, and talk directly with startup/venture companies to find out where they are looking for interns. At the event, you will be able to experience the latest VR technology and participate in exclusive office tours and lunch meetings that are only available to students who attend this event.

talk session

Talk sessions will be held with leading business people from Sophia University,
Student days and career to date
How to become a globally active human resource
About Sophia x Entrepreneurship
This project is a discussion on topics such as the following. Through this part, participants can deepen their understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship.

About various applications

Long-term intern matching event registration (April 9):https://sgfm.jp/f/internmatching
Ticket application for admission (April 15): "Book TicketsPlease start from "1.

Notes for each application
Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, so please register early.
Cancellations are accepted until April 15, but please do not cancel at the last minute as it will inconvenience other guests, except in unavoidable circumstances. Depending on the circumstances, we may refuse your participation in the next or subsequent events.

Event Summary

Implementation date: April 22 (Saturday)
Venue:Kabuki-za Tower
Address: 4-12-15 Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Access: 2 min. walk from Higashi-ginza Station, 5 min. walk from Ginza Station
Ticket fee: Free
Ticket application:https://yotsuya-hatch.peatix.com/
No special admission requirements (non-Jochi University related people are also welcome to attend).
Mobilization scale: 200 people max.

What is Sophia Start-up Club?

Founded in 2021, the Sophia University Entrepreneurship Circle is an officially recognized Sophia University student entrepreneurship club with approximately 80 members. With the aim of increasing the number of students with entrepreneurial spirit, the club organizes student-led projects from planning to execution, where students can learn about business and what it takes to go from 0 to 1 through practical experience.

Organized by Sophia Start-up Club
Contact: contact@yotsuya-hatch.com
Operation Representative Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/atsuya.murakami.33
Official site:https://sophia-startup-awards.com

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