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UK-Japan Social Entrepreneurship Symposium – Memory of Tomoatsu Godai

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How to Improve Our Society through New Businesses Creation? – Memory of Tomoatsu Godai

Our society is facing many problems associated with poverty, cultural conflict, health, environment, technology management and so on. One of the approaches taken to tackle these major issues in modern days is social entrepreneurship, where entrepreneurs intelligently blend profit and social return to establish a sustainable platform in a form of start-up company or other type of enterprise.

The UK is the founder of the concept of Social Entrepreneurship, where Japanese social entrepreneur Godai Tomoatsu studied 150 years ago. On his return to Japan, through his own business with a social entrepreneurial vision, Godai led the city of Osaka to “Manchester of Orient”. The aim of the symposium is to discuss the past, present and future of social entrepreneurship, starting with revisiting Godai’s vision, with representatives of academia, local government, business accelerators and actual entrepreneurs.

The symposium will start with a keynote lecture by Prof. Nick Tyler (UCL Transport Institute), which will be followed by 8 talks about social entrepreneurship from academic, political, economical and entrepreneurs' point of view, as well as supporting structures.

Following the symposium, UCL-Osaka reception will be held in UCL North Cloisters (one-minute walk from the symposium venue).

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Friday, 28 July 2017
Symposium: 13:00 - 17:00
Reception: 18:00 - 20:00

Speakers
Prof. Nick Tyler (Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering, UCL Transport Institute)
Mr. Tadahiko Yanai (Manager for Innovation, Economic Strategy Bureau, Osaka City Government)
Prof. Toshiya Hoshino (Osaka University, Japan)
Prof. Muki Haklay (UCL Department of Georgraphy)
Dr Nina Seppala (UCL School of Management)
Mr Soto Yamauchi (Young Entrepreneur, Walt, Inc.)
Ms Tomoko Watanabe (Urban Innovation Institute, Japan)
Ms Yuliana Topalzy and Ms Anna Sexton (UCL Entrepreneurship)

Sponsored by
Osaka City
Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Japan Foundation
Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (CLAIR), Japan
Japan Society of the Promotion of Science
Embassy of Japan
UCL Grand Challenges

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