Past Events

OIST Innovation is exhibiting at Startup Japan EXPO

2023-11-14 to 2023-11-15
Tokyo Big Sight

OIST Innovation will exhibit at "Climbers Startup JAPAN EXPO 2023 - Autumn -" which will be held on November 14 and 15, 2023.
OIST Innovationは、2023年11月14-15日に開催される「Climbers Startup JAPAN EXPO 2023 -秋-」に出展いたします。

CO2 Removal Challenge - Call for participants

Conference Center Meeting Room 1 (OIST)

Welcome to the CO2 Removal Challenge 2023 co-organised by OIST Innovation and Lifetime Ventures.

​This 2-day Direct Air Carbon Capture (DACC) design hackathon empowers next-generation climate enthusiasts to explore their innovative ideas with guidance from climate experts.

[Application by November 12th, details at the bottom]

OIST Innovation is hosting a talk session at Startup Festa 2023

Startup Lab Lagoon KOZA

OIST Innovationは沖縄最大級のスタートアップの祭典「Startup Festa 2023」に参加いたします。OIST Innovationが参加するトークセッション「大学発スタートアップの最前線!〜世界に注目される沖縄へ〜」は17:40開始です。

OIST Innovation will participate in Startup Festa 2023, Okinawa's largest startup festival. "The Forefront of University Startups", the talk session in which OIST Innovation will participate will start at 17:40.

How to create a successful university startup

Lab4 E48

Join us for an enlightening journey into the world of entrepreneurship with Mr. Kiichi Kubota, co-founder of PeptiDream and current CEO of KSP Get ready to uncover the secrets behind his remarkable success and invaluable insights from his experience. Don't miss this opportunity to fuel your own entrepreneurial aspirations. Save the date: Nov 8 (Wed) 13:00-15:00 at OIST Campus. Free Admission. Registration is required. See you there! #EntrepreneurTalk #SuccessUnveiled #Inspiration #EntrepreneurshipJourney

Basic Knowledge for Startups / Guidelines for Startup Grants

Lab4 E48

Essential information towards startup success! OIST Innovation hosts a seminar by the Okinawa Industrial Promotion Corporation on basic knowledge and grants for entrepreneurs.

Don't miss this opportunity to fuel your own entrepreneurial aspirations. Tue, 7 Nov 14:00-16:00. Free Admission. Registration required.

POC Program Open Hours

OIST Innovation space (Lab 3A)

We have biweekly open hours at OIST Innovation where you can come and talk with us about anything related to the Proof of Concept application process. 

Seminar: Venture Finance for Future Entrepreneurs

Center Building C209

Join us for an enlightening seminar led by the Frontier Research and Venture Support teams at Nomura Securities, one of Japan’s largest and most prominent financial services companies.


Fall 2023 Lean Startup Entrepreneurial Training Program

2023-09-08 to 2023-10-05

Learn how to identify commercial opportunities that can emerge from academic research by working on a real technology development case. In this program, participants will use, as case studies, technologies developed at OIST and will apply skills learned in the course to identify potential customers of the technology.

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Intro to Entrepreneurship Training Program


This 1-day introductory session in innovation and entrepreneurship will introduce participants to the concepts and principles of Lean Startup, Business Model components, Customer Development, and Evidence-based Entrepreneurship. The class will be suited for a wide range of students and researchers with an interest in learning more about technology commercialization and entrepreneurial opportunities at OIST and beyond.

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Seminar: Mindful Communication (No Registration Required)


Mindful Communication:

This public speaking seminar covers the crucial elements of any oral engagement. Topics include: finding common ground, sharing personal connection, focusing the central theme, painting vivid examples, and posing baby steps forward. For the OIST community, there will be examples from science, administration, and policy. Finally, the seminar poses ways to keep repetitive information fresh and interesting for everyone involved.