We offer innovation and entrepreneurship services to our industry and academic partners from around the world. Our programs can be tailored to meet your organization’s specific needs from educating entrepreneurial engineering leaders or launching innovative companies.

IGE is an international hub for innovative teams seeking to enter the US market.  We offer entrepreneurship and business development services to industry and academic partners on a global scale. Programs are tailored to meet specific needs, ranging from shorter-term workshops to educate entrepreneurial leaders to longer-term efforts that assist startups seeking to establish a physical presence in the US.

Workshops for early-stage startups introduce commercialization skills, including team formation, customer validation, business modeling, and go-to-market planning. Programs range from a few days up to 2 weeks and include in-person and virtual mentoring sessions, classroom instruction, and introductions to industry partners and potential customers in the San Diego and Southern California region. Long term Executive Level in-person and virtualized mentoring from experienced industry professionals is also available for later-stage companies

The key point I learned from the program at UC San Diego was that I should validate if my hypothesis is true by going out of the laboratory and meeting industry people to and their pain, the real problem that they have.

– Professor Shintaro Hisatake, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan.

Professor Hisatake received a $1 million grant after interviews with major automotive companies validated the practical applications for his research on the use of electromagnetic waves in automotive safety

U of Tsukuba BioMedical Program

The Research Studio program at the University of Tsukuba provides entrepreneurial training for healthcare startups sourced from their campus and from other leading universities throughout Japan. 

IGE partners with the Research Studio to provide additional training for their teams, plus introductions to potential US partners and customers. These efforts are customized to support product launches as well as streamline the creation of US subsidiaries.

University of Tokyo - EDGENEXT Program

The University of Tokyo EDGENEXT program provides students, faculty, and researchers in Japan with an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of commercialization. The University of Tokyo has been a trusted partner for over 5 years, sending teams and startups from Japan to our San Diego campus for training, mentorship, and introductions to industry collaborators.


University of Tokyo EDGENEXT Program

Beyond Japan Program

Institute for the Global Entrepreneur (IGE) provides extensive training to early-stage Japanese startups wishing to develop sound U.S. business development strategies and operations in the life science, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and related industries.  This immersive training aims to help qualified startups examine and refine their business plans using newly acquired knowledge and connections and increase the probability of success in the U.S. and global markets. Providing the foundational support will be seasoned mentors with relevant experience in technology and/or business development and entrepreneurism. Coupled with the hands-on learning experience, it will allow startups to engage with the San Diego Ecosystem and learn about legal concerns and business resources available in San Diego. Networking opportunities allow startups to polish their pitches and gather feedback from industry experts and investors. The follow-on mentoring assures that the startups stay on track to meet their goals and reach the next level.

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    Contact the Institute for the Global Entrepreneur

    Marie Christensen

    Phone: 858-246-1178