About GAP NEXT
This platform aims to establish a foundation for the creation of world-class deep tech startups by providing a one-stop service from discovering projects to supporting their commercialization, through the connected development of technology commercialization and human resource development. GAP NEXT has been selected as a Program of Start-up incubation from COre REsearch (SCORE: University Promotion Type)
Platform: GAP NEXT
President of Kyushu University, Director-General, Academic Research and Industrial Collaboration Management Office of Kyushu University (AiRIMaQ)
Vice President of Kyushu University, Professor and Vice-Director-General, AiRIMaQ
Cooperating Institution 1: Kyushu Sangyo University
Director, Open Innovation Center, Kyushu Sangyo University
Associate Professor, Department of Business and Marketing, Faculty of Commerce, Kyushu Sangyo University
Cooperating Institution 2: Kurume University
President, Kurume University
Vice President, Kurume University
Director, Innovation Strategy Center
Dean and Professor, Department of Pathology, Kurume University School of Medicine
Cooperating Institution 3: Japan University of Economics
President, Japan University of Economics
Deputy Director, International Incubation Center, Japan University of Economics
Associate Professor, Department of Management, Japan University of Economics
Cooperating Institution 4: Fukuoka Institute of Technology
President, Fukuoka Institute of Technology
Director, Comprehensive Research Organization, Fukuoka Institute of Technology
Cooperating Institution 5: Fukuoka University
President, Fukuoka University
Professor, Central Research Institute, Fukuoka University
①Strengthening and deepening the driving force for innovation by expanding support for pre-launch deep tech startups originated from the university
②Raising the level of regional business ecosystems by fostering and spreading the startup movement throughout the Fukuoka region
・Utilizing the Fukuoka Future Creation Platform, in which 15 universities located in the Fukuoka metropolitan area participate, we will implement an educational program recognizant of fostering entrepreneurship and social implementation that can be taken together by students in the region. We aim to create a program that can be implemented both offline and online at one location such as Fukuoka Growth Next (FGN). In addition, we will expand the circle of potential entrepreneurs in the region by inviting other universities, technical colleges and other educational institutions in the region.
・By providing a place where graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and young researchers can gather through strengthening ties with the startup ecosystem hub cities, and by connecting with the GAP Fund NEXT, the project will be elevated into a comprehensive initiative that encompasses up to the final exit of startup creation.
・The envisioned program will include collaboration with the 15 overseas centers that Fukuoka City has concluded agreements with, as well as with overseas universities and accelerator centers with which Kyushu University and other participating universities have collaboration agreements. In addition, as a foothold for creating a framework for the future, we will use the framework of the Western Five University Collaboration formed by Kyushu University, Seinan Gakuin University, Nakamura Gakuen University, Fukuoka University, and Fukuoka Dental College, all of which are located in the western region of Fukuoka, to develop a system that allows any university to recognize credits through a credit transfer system.
By fostering the startup movement in universities, expanding the number of student entrepreneurs, and encouraging student participation in the startup ecosystem, we aim to create deep tech and university-originated startups originated from the university, which will be widely fostered and spread throughout the Fukuoka region, thus raising the level of regional business ecosystems.
Main initiative 1: Fukuoka School of Entrepreneurship (FSE）
・Building a platform for developing entrepreneurial human resources
・Sharing and providing resources for diverse entrepreneurship education with reference to overseas university case studies
・A pre-CxO will be assigned to each commercialization project. In addition to post-doctoral fellows and graduate students in the university, we aim to secure pre-CxOs from the private sector through the network of hub cities (Kyushu Economic Federation, Fukuoka Regional Strategy Promotion Council, etc.) and also from “UIJ-turn” personnel in and around Fukuoka.
・Assigning entrepreneurial human resources to GAP projects to verify potential for technology commercialization
・Developing entrepreneurial human resources through the deep tech commercialization process
・By having pre-CxOs participate in entrepreneurial education conducted within the platform, we aim to develop human resources through systematic education in addition to practical training.
・Marketing of technology transfer to existing companies for projects that did not result in startups.
・A commercialization support personnel is assigned to each project (cross-appointment, secondary employment or internship) to support the project and the pre-CxO. Items to be covered in the commercialization support include pre-CxO training through on-the-job training, drawing up business plans and capital policies, marketing, and drawing up patent strategies.
・The progress of the program will be shared among the hub cities of the startup ecosystem, and an exit strategy for after the completion of the project will be formulated. If more POC is needed, we will offer support for JST START project adoption. In addition, projects that do not lead to a start-up will be transitioned without interruption to licensing activities for existing companies.
Implementation of GAP NEXT 2021
This program is designed to provide funding for the verification of concepts and proposals from research results with high potential for practical application. Prototypes will be produced during the grant period of around seven months and evaluated by potential customers. Then we will verify the possibility of commercialization (Invitation for applications has closed.). The grant period is from July 2021 to January 2022, with a Demo Day scheduled for March 2022.
Main initiative 2: ◆Development of educators and mentors who lead the entrepreneurship education program
①Creating an entrepreneurship educator network through university collaboration
With Fukuoka Growth Next (FGN) as the core headquarters, the Fukuoka School of Entrepreneurship (FSE) will be established with close reference to the initiatives made by the Swedish universities of Chalmers University of Technology and the University of Gothenburg, both situated in the Gothenburg area. The FSE will provide programs and opportunities to participate in academic conferences aimed at educators in the Fukuoka region and overseas entrepreneurship educators, and implement programs customized to the region, through all of which it will conduct Faculty Development (FD) initiatives to foster entrepreneurship educators in the region and assure the quality of education.
②Creating a mentor network in the region
The services provided by Fukuoka City, the mentor network of FGN and its support bases, and the human resources network of universities in the region will be fused, and Mentor Development (MD) initiatives to foster quality educators and mentors in the region will be implemented.