Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration - A Case Study
Keio Fujisawa Innovation Village
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Keio Fujisawa Innovation Village
If you cross the street from the Keio University SFC's North Gate and walk towards the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care building, you will come across a building with a sign that reads 'SFC-IV.' This is the Keio Fujisawa Innovation Village which opened in March 2006. The staff and Incubation Manager of Keio University, Mr. Katsuya Hirokawa, will introduce the facility to you.
Keio University has worked in collaboration with the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation JAPAN, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Fujisawa City, and has created an incubation facility called the Keio Fujisawa Innovation Village (A.K.A. SFC-IV).
This facility supports people who wish to start their own collaborative business with the University, by sharing the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Environmental Information, the Faculty of Policy Management, and the Faculty of Nursing and Medical Care. The facility supports corporate structures such as high growth venture which aims to introduce stocks, NPOs and Socio-venture companies.
The Incubation Managers of the SFC-IV will provide people, goods, information and investment necessary in the development of business.
The Electric Vehicle Laboratory working on the ELIICA is scheduled to rent the workshop
The SFC-IV is located within the SFC premises, a walking-distance from the faculty offices. It is a convenient location for individual entrepreneurs, faculty members, and students to interact.
Links with the University
Three IM staff members (with incubation experience links to the industry, government, and academia field) work full-time to support the activities of the entrepreneurs. Support services include providing information (various grants-in-aid, events), assisting in management (such as accounts, finance, and finding potential customers), organizing seminars and events for entrepreneurs, providing direct and organic support upon occupancy, and helping in the enhancement of business. It further helps in coordinating joint-research with universities and companies. With the support by the Organization for Small & Medium Enterprises and Regional Innovation JAPAN, Kanagawa Prefecture, and Fujisawa City, entrepreneurs are provided with people, goods, information, and investment, such as rental fee aids.
The facilities include a partitioned office space shared by multiple groups, a 13 square-meter office with a nominal rental fee, a 20-45 square-meter regular-sized office, a workshop for test production, and a common space for meetings, shower, and more.
The offices are usually provided with a high-speed internet infrastructure as well as the SFC campus network system for those who participate in a join-research project and would like to use the network for academic purposes.
(Release Date: 2006/04/05)