NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business and Deloitte Japan Provide Support to Female IT-Related Entrepreneurs from Japan

Participants to Receive Coaching Leading Up to a Formal Pitch of their Ideas on January 26

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NEW YORK, January 22, 2018 – As a key contributor to job creation and expansion, entrepreneurship is a growing phenomenon in Japan, yet there remains a significant gap between men and women’s participation in this arena. Women comprise approximately 30 percent of Japanese entrepreneurs, which is reflective of cultural norms. In an effort to support and increase the role of women as entrepreneurs, Deloitte Japan has engaged the NYU School of Professional Studies Division of Programs in Business (NYUSPS DPB) to train Japanese women in developing their pitches for potential US investor funding.

Ten women executives of Japanese IT-related ventures, who are currently part of Deloitte Japan’s entrepreneurship acceleration program, will participate in a two-day training program, which is being offered through NYUSPS DPB, a thought leader in information technology and entrepreneurship. All of the women and their companies provide IT-based solutions that address a variety of industry needs, including a human resources-sharing platform (Zest Inc.), an app providing research on chemical-free vegetables (Priroda Inc.), and an online platform that is used to recycle children's clothing (Carry On Inc.). The goal of the entrepreneurs is to gain visibility with potential funders in New York City—a primary player in venture capital funding.

The program, which will consist of a day of coaching followed by a pitching event, will provide the women with the opportunity to hone their pitching skills, while affording real-time feedback from Deloitte Japan and from NYUSPS-affiliated industry experts. Pitch Day will take place on Friday, January 26, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 11 West 42nd St.

Pitch Day will include remarks by NYUSPS DPB faculty members Negar Farakish, clinical assistant professor, and Anna Tavis, clinical associate professor and academic director of the Human Capital Management programs, and a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Program participants will present their pitches to a panel of judges consisting of Murat Aktihanoglu, managing partner, ERA; Jonathan Kestenbaum, managing partner, Talent Tech Labs; and NYUSPS DPB adjunct instructors Yolanda Barreros and Joshua Jahani.

For more information, please contact Alka Gupta at aag13@nyu.edu.

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