Bizjapan ties up with colleges and student societies all over the world and holds various events.
■Harvard Project for Asian International Relations (HPAIR)
As Harvard’s largest annual student connection in Asia, the Harvard Project for Asian and International Relations creates a forum of exchange and facilitates discussion of the most important economic, political, and social issues relevant to the Asia-Pacific region. Since 1991, the annual HPAIR conferences have brought together students from the world’s foremost universities and leaders in the fields of government, business, culture, and academia.
■Asian-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) / The United States of America, Stanford University
The Asia-Pacific Student Entrepreneurship Society (ASES) Taiwan is an international student society first established in Stanford University in 1998. Its goals are to educate and network innovative students from Asia and the United States in order to foster a global entrepreneurship community. ASES continues to strive to expand year by year. The ever expanding ASES Global network is a tremendous asset for aspiring student entrepreneurs on both sides of the Pacific, providing a forum to meet and interact with hundreds of students around the world.
■NUS Entrepreneurship Society (NES) / National University of Singapore
The NUS Entrepreneurship Society (NES) was founded in July 1992 and has since grown to become one of the largest societies in NUS today. In essence, the society is a hub for entrepreneurship with an abundance of learning and networking opportunities. We regularly feature prominent speakers at our events, bringing our members close to the business community. We aim to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship with our growing network of alumni through the sharing of expertise and knowledge. Recognizing the importance of developing internal talents, we also provide internal member training on the basics of business, leadership and other skills.The society has grown much over the years. Today, the society hosts the most extensive national business plan competitions as well as many other entrepreneurship-related events, overseas exchanges and expeditions.
■BizAsia PKU / China, Peking University
BizAsia PKU is a bilateral student exchange program originally initiated between Peking University Guanghua Schoolof management (GSM) and the NUS Entrepreneurship Society(NES). To date, BizAsia’s institutional network includes Peking University, National University of Singapore, Tokyo University, National Taiwan University, Fudan University and Zhejiang University. Altogether, their program intends to achieve three goals. It aims to: 1.Provide a dynamic delegation focusing on potential businesses in China to elites from different countries and regions, 2.Foster long-term relationships among young entrepreneurs in future Asian market, and 3.Connect talented delegates with today’s entrepreneurs in China
■KISA | KAIST International Student Association / Korea
KAIST International Students Association (KISA) was established in April 2004. Its purpose was originally to culturally enrich and nurture the foreign student community in KAIST whilst bridging them with the school administration. The association supports its members in administration, accommodation, and finance. It also organizes many activities such as orientation, sports, travel, and food festivals. Growing along with KAIST’s globalization, KISA now consists of more than 300 full-time international students, eagerly looking forward to reinforcing the mutual relationship with the Korean local community. KISA aims to provide useful information via this site to students.
■Child and Youth Finance International(CYFI) / Netherlands
Children around the world will be prepared for bright futures that support global economic growth and vibrancy. Engaging them in entrepreneurship education will inspire and set the stage for future leaders. CYFI provides engaging, hands-on programs promoting financial responsibility, leadership and teamwork skills for elementary and middle school students across the country and around the world. By teaching them leadership, entrepreneurship and business skills, students are better prepared to tackle the academic challenges of the 21st century. Children work together in a real-world environment to create a business. They discover their talents, develop critical skills for success, and increase their self-confidence.
■Vietnam Youth Entrepreneurs(VYE) / Vietnam
VYE is the first and only entrepreneurship movement in Vietnam that is by students and for students. Founded in February 2011, VYE’s mission is to inspire and empower passionate Vietnamese youths to create successful entrepreneurial endeavors. At the core of VYE is the belief that everybody, especially the young, should follow their hearts. If they are passionate about something, we encourage them to go for it. We do this in two ways: by connecting people of similar interests and mindsets together, and by inspiring them with many lessons learned from the best entrepreneurial initiatives from Vietnam and all over the world.
■Hong Kong Kairos Society / Hong Kong
Kairos Society is an international, student-run, not-for-profit foundation. Kairos fosters a culture of innovation-driven entrepreneurship by engaging our diverse fellows with a variety of industry and thought leaders surrounding a wide range of global challenges. September 2011 marked the launch of Hong Kong chapter.Kairos HK is dedicated to catalyzing an economy of innovation by bringing together top student entrepreneurs and change makers, driven to individual and collective action towards a better future.
■IDEA Network / Australia
The IDEA Network is an international initiative with a branch in the University of Queensland (UQ) that aims to assist aspiring entrepreneurs to develop their ideas into successful ventures. We partner up with business incubators, angel investors, venture capitalists and experts in the fields of business and technology to assist our members in nourishing their ideas and potential.
■STARTWAVE / Korea, Seoul National University
Every society needs entrepreneurial leaders who can influence the positive change in their communities, especially in this ever-changing world. We believe there is a huge need and opportunity in Asia where potential talents are not fully utilized due to lack of supporting community. STARTWAVE strives to trigger the movement and be the hub of entrepreneurial doers and thinkers in Asia. We offer an action-based internships through ‘The WAVE Fellowship’ program that empowers young and motivated talents that want to lead the influence. We also provide the educational curriculum, series of workshops, and entrepreneurial activities to help ‘The WAVE Fellows’ expand their entrepreneurial influence. Ultimately, we aim to build a strong community. Through a strong network of talents, STARTWAVE connects motivated entrepreneurs in Asia to those in other Asian countries and those in Silicon Valley ecosystem.
■The Innovation Forum (IF) / Britain
The Innovation Forum (IF) seeks to fostering synergy between academia, industry and government, and across traditional sector divisions. IF is a ‘grass-roots’ organisation that connects top researchers across the life science, engineering, energy and information technology sectors with industry players, disruptive entrepreneurs, business angels and venture capital to stimulate communication and catalyse partnering for the next generation of innovation technology. Founded at the University of Cambridge by a team of early-career researchers, IF has rapidly evolved into a leading international network of innovative talent with affiliated branches at leading UK institutions (Oxford, UCL, KCL, Imperial and Edinburgh), as well as international branches under development in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Leiden, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lausanne, Singapore, Hong Kong, Qatar, Dubai, Princeton, Harvard and MIT.
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