The Women Entrepreneurs Center (DBJ-WEC)
DBJ-WEC What's New
- Resistration for the 2nd DBJ Women Entrepreneurs New Business Plan Competition has closed.
- The 2nd DBJ New Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs:Announcement of Application Guidelines and Judges for Final Review
- DBJ to Hold 2nd New Business Plan Competition for Women Entrepreneurs
- The project of Women's \10M Entrepreneurship Competition was on air and featured on Close-Up Gendai, a famous NHK program on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.
- DBJ announced the finalists and the winners at the award ceremony of Women's \10M Entrepreneurship Competition on June 19, 2012
- The entire selection process of the competition was completed. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 19, 2012.
- Call for the Executive Summary & the Business Plan was closed.
- The application was closed. Submission deadline of Executive Summary and Business Plan is 5:00 p.m., March 14 (Wednesday), 2012.
- Please note that application materials should be sent by email only. We cannot accept materials sent by post or other means
- Women's \10M Entrepreneurship Competition in Spring
- DBJ Launches Women Entrepreneurs Center
What is the DBJ-WEC?
Woman power will change the Japanese economy.
With a shrinking workforce caused by a stagnating economy and an ageing population, compounded by the many challenges of rebuilding from the 3.11 2011 disaster, Japan is increasingly looking to its most underused resource: women.
Women entrepreneurs with new perspectives can be the driving force behind Japan’s renewed growth, bringing needed change to the economy and society as a whole. In November 2011, DBJ launched the DBJ-WEC to support women in their efforts to establish new businesses. Motivated women entrepreneurs will be able to obtain comprehensive support in areas including funding, and start-up expertise.
The New Business Plan Competition for Women
DBJ is holding a Women’s Business Plan Competition for women launching innovative, viable new businesses with strong development potential. Winners will receive business incentive prizes of up to 10 million yen.
The DBJ mentoring program including outside entrepreneurs and experts will support the winners to maximize their chances of success instart-up skills including brushing up the plan, and other resources needed to get their businesses off the ground.
For information on the New Business Plan Competition for Women, please see the Application Guidelines (PDF,181KB). Note that it may take some time for the PDF file to load.
The competition invites business plans from women start-ups having technologies, services, or business models with original features or the promise of high added value, and which show potential for developing into viable commercial enterprises.
The competition welcomes not only first-time start-ups, but also those pursuing a “second start-up” by modifying an existing business or launching a new one.
December 25 (Tuesday), 2012 – February 28 (Thursday), 2013
(Resistration for the 2nd New Business Plan Competition has closed.)
How to apply
- Fill out the Application Form and press “Submit.”
- Submit an Executive Summary and a Business Plan.
For details, please see the Application Guidelines (PDF,181KB). Note that it may take some time for the PDF file to load.
Two types of prizes will be given: the DBJ Women Entrepreneurs Grand Prize, and DBJ Women Entrepreneurs Prize. Winners will receive business incentive funds – up to 10 million yen for the Grand Prize winner – and one year of mentoring to maximize their chances of success.
Please use this form to send in your inquiries.
DBJ Women Entrepreneurs New Business Plan Competition
DBJ Women Entrepreneurs Center (DBJ-WEC)