JAPAN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD 2023 Kenja no Sentaku Leaders Club

JAPAN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD 2022 Award Grand prize 1,000,000Yen Category Award 5 Category 300,000Yen The winners will be supported by our community member,sponcer, supporter

逢いたい 夢あるビジネスプラン JAPAN ENTREPRENEUR AWARD 2023

Grand prize 1,000,000Yen


Category Sponsor / Nihon M&A Center Inc. HORIBA, Ltd SBI Holdings, Inc. P ARK Holdings Co., Ltd. NPO SK Dream Japan
Supported by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry 
Organizer by Kenjya no Sentaku Leaders Club

Grand Prize

Ms.Yukiko Inohara

Social business -SK Dream Japan Award-

Ms.Yukiko Inohara

Category award

Mr.Nagasaki Yasuhisa

Science -HORIBA Award-

Mr.Nagasaki Yasuhisa
Mr.Nagasaki Yasuhisa
Mr.Haruhiko Yasuda

Entertainment -P ARK Award-

Mr.Haruhiko Yasuda
SilvaCompass Inc.
Mr.Haruhiko Yasuda
Ms.Yukiko Inohara

Social business -SK Dream Japan Award-

Ms.Yukiko Inohara
Ms.Yukiko Inohara

Management Solution - Nihon M&A Center Award -

not applicable

Healthcare (Medical) - SBI Holdings Award -

not applicable

This is the largest Entrepreneur Nurturing Platform in Japan, in which Japan’s leading corporate managers are gathering for the 8th time to find the next generation of entrepreneurs. As changes like digitalization and globalization accelerate, the way people do business will also follow suit in the transformation. New value propositions that start from zero may be inconspicuous due to its small size but they have the ability to get us excited and make us dream of the possibilities. We hope this will help us discover these small eggs, incubate them, and help them grow into a bird that will spread its wings from Japan into the world.


5 Category

  • Management Solution Nihon M&A Center Award
  • Science HORIBA Award
  • Healthcare (Medical) SBI Holdings Award
  • Entertainment P ARK Award
  • Social business SK Dream Japan Award

Please check each categories comment and select your categories to apply.

  • Please note that your submission may be deemed to fall outside the scope of available categories upon review.
  • We will be accepting applications from the same entity into multiple categories.
  • Depending on the application contents, We may change your submission to another category.
Submission Requirements
  • You must be a high school student or older.
  • Your business idea has not been commercialized, or has been commercialized less than 5 years ago. (Year of founding/establishment does not matter)
  • You must have the will to become an entrepreneur and run the business yourself
  • You must be able to participate in the “Final Presentation” and the “Award Ceremony” that will be held in Tokyo (All transportation expenses will be borne by you.)
  • Group submissions are also accepted (with a member nominated as the group representative).
Application Documents

In order to complete the submission you will need to send us the following:

  • PR material of contestant
  • Present your growth strategy or business plan for a new idea with an outlook for the future.
Judging Criteria
  • Novelty
    • How Novel and Innovative is the Business Plan
    • Will it have social impacts
  • Solutions
    • Does the business have a impacts and feasibility that contribute to the solutions
  • Market analysis
    • Has the market and competitors been examined and analyzed
    • Does the business have a competitive edge, a promising future, and a continuity factor
  • Growth Strategy (Profitability,Feasibility,Team strength)
    • Does the business growth strategy clear
    • Can the business be profitable and feasible enough to be practical

◆Limited to the Social Business Category, the following 3 points are key

  • Social Factor:Idea with a business mission to solve social issues
  • Business Factor:Idea with the ability to ensure business continuity using business management methods
  • Innovative Factor:Idea that is able to give birth to a new business model and produce social impacts
  • Please fill in the designated application form with the necessary information and submit them will all relevant documents in the required format.
  • You may send in any number of application material and write them in any way you want.

Material should not exceed 35MB.

Important Notes

Submissions by individuals who will not be establishing their own business will not be accepted.
Applicants who are deemed to be ineligible for this award for any reason may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the organizer.

Rights related to Proposals, etc.
  • Intellectual property rights of proposals submittedThe copyright and other intellectual property rights of the proposals submitted belong to the respective applicants. Only proposals that do not infringe the copyright and other intellectual property rights of third parties may be submitted. In the event that a submitted proposal has been determined by the organizer to have infringed the rights of a third party, or is at risk of doing so (including cases in which the infringement occurs after the proposal has been submitted), the award may be rescinded even after the results have been announced.
  • Handling of summaries, revisions, and translations of submitted proposalsPlease note that the information provided in the application form as well as content featuring the finalists at the final round may be released or used by the organizer for PR purposes in various media such as magazines, books, websites, and email magazines. In such cases, the information provided by applicants may be partially modified in the form of summaries, revisions, or translations.
  • Post-award activity reportsAward recipients will be given the opportunity to keep others up to date on their subsequent initiatives by reporting the activities they have undertaken after receiving the award to the organizer. We may also request award recipients to provide a report of how they have utilized the prize money after receiving the award.
  • Handling of personal informationThe personal information submitted by applicants will be used by the organizer, judges, other individuals essential to the judging process, and corporate sponsors for administrative purposes that are necessary for reviewing submissions, organizing the contest, and announcing the results.
    In the course of selecting the winner of each award, the personal information submitted may also be provided, either wholly or in part, to judges, other individuals essential to the judging process, or companies, organizations, and groups that are sponsoring the award, upon their request.
    The personal information submitted will not be used for any purposes other than those outlined in this section and will not be provided to any third parties, except in cases where we have obtained the prior consent of the individual in question or if required by law.
  • 1

    Open Application

  • 2

    First Round
    Contestants announcement

    2 contestants will be selected for the final round from each category
    Successful Contestants will be selected based on contents

  • 3

    Final Round
    pitch contest

    Twe contestant will be selected from each category
    Successful winner for each category will be selected based on pitch contest performance.

  • 4

    Award Ceremony

    Grand Prize winner will be selected by contents, performance of the pitch contest, and vote of our community members (One Grand prize winner will be selected from category winners)

  • October 1, 2022~January 17, 2023


  • End of February 2023

    First Round Winner Announcement

  • March 10, 2023

    Final Round Pitch Contest
    (The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry Hall & Conference Room)

  • April 20, 2023

    Winner announcement and Award ceremony (IMPERIAL HOTEL TOKYO)

The above schedule is subject to change depending on the submissions we receive.
The latest schedule will be announced on our homepage.


Please select and submit under the following five categories.

selection not limited to one category - multiple selection of the category is accepted if it applicable

Management Solution
Nihon M&A Center Award
Supported by
Nihon M&A Center Inc.
Yasuhiro Wakebayashi Through M&A support services, we, Nihon M&A center have been engaging in "continuation and development of SME", and "further growth of listed company and mid-sized company". Looking into two different realities -Depopulation and Globalization has become ever more apparent in Japan; we shall expect to see the business idea with growth strategy in line with business succession, talent hiring, development and management planning, as well as work efficiency acceleration plan to invite both company and people to manifest its aptitude.
Supported by
Atsushi Horiba Inspired by our unique motto, "JOY and FUN," we focus on social responsibilities by building state-of-the-art products for scientific advancement. Life, Nature, and Universe - Science has been always the object of search for man and continual source of inspiration. An insatiable inquiring spirit leads to discovery of unknown, finding of fundamental principles, then finally leads to establishment of technology, adding an innovative idea to this flow would become driving force behind the production of new innovation. Science is a fountain of innovation, and its power enables a creation of new business.
Science based flexible yet dream-inspiring business idea and proposal, is what we are looking forward to see.
SBI Holdings Award
Supported by
SBI Holdings, Inc.
Yoshitaka Kitao To live in good health is a mankind's common desire. Unlike financial industry, Healthcare industry entry barriers are relatively low for it less subjected to restrictions and different legislative system of each country.
We are looking forward to see the innovative idea and proposals that enables Japan to take a great lead in global market, contributing health enhancement and long life of mankind by drug development, health food, or development of medical equipment.
P ARK Award
Supported by
P ARK Holdings Co., Ltd.
Makoto Shoji We have been working under the corporate philosophy of "Creating the customer expectations and values, and becoming an organization that society can rely on",
In fact our credo is "Our business is to make everyday living more fun". We look forward to see the business idea that makes world more fun with an evolving entertainment.
Social business
SK Dream Japan Award
Supported by
NPO SK Dream Japan
Kazuko Sumino We have been tackling the social issues in Japan and other Asian countries for over 10 years since our establishment.
One key area of active involvement is our work alongside Dr. Muhammad Yunus, where we attempt to develop sustainable solutions to social problems in areas such as poverty, education, and healthcare through initiatives including nurturing automobile mechanics in Bangladesh and supporting social businesses such as microfinance services in the Philippines. We hope that the ideas in the submissions we receive can give rise to many new social businesses in the future.
  • The number of categories may increase.
  • Please note that your submission may be deemed to fall outside the scope of available categories upon review.
  • We will be accepting applications from the same entity into multiple categories.
  • Depending on the application contents, We may change your submission to another category.


Please fill out below and submit with materials

We have stopped
accepting business plan

Submission close : 17:00 January 17, 2023

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