The purpose of the Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Programs (STEP), which started in 2004, is to bridge Japanese students, engineers, R&D personnel, business managers and executives with leaders in innovative business research worldwide. The course is designed to combine workshops and lectures at leading business schools in Europe and the U.S. with direct contact and interaction with overseas representatives of start-up companies, incubator businesses and spin-offs, technology consultants, and university-industry collaborations. Together these components make the experience invaluable.

Workshops have been held on six occasions. The first workshop focused on nanotechnology. Institution-level cooperation made it possible for relevant classes to be offered at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Southern California (USC), the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Doshisha Business School in Kyoto, and the UCLA Anderson School in Los Angeles.

The second workshop was held in cooperation with the most prestigious business school in France, Ecole Des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord (the EDHEC Business School), while workshops were held in the French city of Nice and in the Japanese city of Kyoto. In 2006, the third workshop was held at the University of Cambridge Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) in Britain. These universities are at the center of high-tech clusters that were visited by the workshop participants and are where dialogues were held with chief executive officers (CEOs) and chief technical officers (CTOs) of venture businesses.

In 2007, the fourth workshop was held at both the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and in Silicon Valley. Then in 2008, the University of Cambridge in England served as the main venue, while in 2009, field studies were conducted in Silicon Valley in California.
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UC Berkeley & Silicon Valley, U.S.
University of Cambridge, U.K.
UC Berkeley & Silicon Valley, U.S.
University of Cambridge, U.K.
UC Berkeley Haas Business School & Silicon Valley, U.S.
University of Cambridge, U.K.
EDHEC (Ecole Superieure de Commerce et de Management), France
At Palo Alto Research Center (STEP 2009)
At Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory (STEP 2008)
  At Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (STEP 2007)

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