The Entrepreneurship Course introduces participants to the challenges managers face when they want to convert opportunities into value-creating organizations.

The Entrepreneurship Course is lecture-, case-, presentation- and discussion-based and runs on Learning Teams. Using 9 case studies and 1 role play, Case Analysis Memos are written and presented by teams.

Each week one team presents their case analysis memo and manages a lively Q&A session which is gently guided and enhanced by the professor to ensure learning outcomes are maximized. (In the week that a role play is used, one team engages in a sales call role play).

In accordance with best practices, After Action Reports are written and submitted by teams following the conclusion of the Q&A to further enhance learning.


Entrepreneurship is a management style that involves pursuing an opportunity without regard to the resources currently controlled.

 – Prof. H. Stevenson, HBS


The Course is divided into three modules:

01. What is an Entrepreneurial Manager?

02. Opportunity Exploitation

03. Managing Growth, Uncertainty, & Transitions

Key topics encountered within these modules include entrepreneurial managers, lean experimentation, business model development, entrepreneurial sales, managing growth, financing growth, managing uncertainty, and managing transitions.



The learning goal of this Course is to acquire the knowledge, skills and mindset of an Entrepreneur.


The learning objectives for this Course include developing the following skills: Critical Thinking, Communication, Team Work, Leadership, and Ethical Reasoning.

Why study Entrepreneurship?

1. Most new jobs are created by new ventures. Rather than searching for your dream job, it is frequently faster and better to create your dream job.

2. Entrepreneurship integrates all of the functions of a firm. Accordingly, studying Entrepreneurship is a good way to acquire a General Management perspective.

3. Entrepreneurship is the fuel on which global economic growth depends.


In addition to learning about the fundamentals of entrepreneurship while expanding their professional network, participants who successfully complete the course can anticipate the following benefits:

  • a more global perspsective on Entrepreneurship;
  • improved leadership skills;
  • better problem solving and critical thinking skills;
  • improved writing and presenting skills;
  • enhanced ability to work collaboratively in teams; and
  • an ability to consider the ethical implications of your decisions and recommendations.

Additionally, participants who successfully complete the course will receive a digital Certificate of Completion issued by MDI.TOKYO through Accredible.


What is Entrepreneurial Management?

Entrepreneurial Management is fundamentally different from Traditional Management. It is characterized by

1. Experimentation & Search for a Business Model vs. Business Model Execution;

2. Conditions of High Uncertainty vs. Stability/Predictable Operating Environments; and

3. Learning by Doing vs. Planning.


With an emphasis on quality, we are making learning social, transformative, and fun.

The slides below describe the Course Goal, Objectives, and How the Objectives are Met in various levels of detail and from various perspectives. The key thing to remember is this Course employs a Participant-Centered, Active-Learning Design, and everyone has a role to play!

Time Commitments for Maximum Learning:
• Average Individual Reading & Preparation Time Before a Learning Session: 2 – 3 hours
• Average Team Preparation Time Before a Learning Session: 2 – 4 hours
• Average Learning Session Time: 90 – 120 minutes
• Average Post-Learning Session AAR Reflection Time: 30 – 60 minutes


This Course is suitable for anyone who is enthusiastic about learning and wants to develop a fundamental understanding of entrepreneurship in English. Versions of this Course have been offered to MBA students from around the world since 2011.

  • If Participants are taking the Program through a Group Track (see Admissions below), then the Community Organizer and MDI.TOKYO will collaborate to determine the target Participant Profile. (We encourage Community Organizers who are building diversity and inclusion into the future of their community to consider recruiting diverse Participants).


(Weekly Format)

Entrepreneurship is one of our Saturday Business School courses.

Ten Learning Sessions are offered on Saturdays in a weekly format beginning in September.


MDI.TOKYO offers this Course on Saturdays through a Powered by MDI.TOKYO – Group Track.

(This Course is also offered to participants in the Young Leaders Development Program on Monday nights).

Entrepreneurship Course | Group Track | 10:00-12:00

This track is organized by a Community Organizer, and meets on the Saturday Mornings (September-November). If you are a community organizer and you would like to reserve this track, please contact us.

  • Minimum number of Participants is 15.
  • Maximum number of Participants is 45.
  • Actual size of the group will be between the minimum and the maximum, and will be decided by the Community Organizer.



Reservation Period
Oct. 1 – June 30

Reservation Deadline
June 30th

Tuition Payment:
Due in July.

Course Start:

Course End:

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  • The fee for the course is 300,000 JPY (+8% tax) per Participant.
  • The fee includes tuition, access to a Learning Management System that supports the Course, and all required reading materials which are mostly supplied digitally, usually as PDFs.
  • Applicants who are accepted into a Course will receive an invoice issued via email when they are notified of their acceptance.
  • Payment can be made via bank transfer or via credit card online.


Is this Course taught in English or in Japanese?

  • Reading materials are provided in English.
  • Learning Sessions are conducted in English.
    • Learning Teams can work in English and/or Japanese before and after Learning Sessions, but the working language of the Learning Session is English.
  • Case Analysis Memos and Presentations should be submitted in English.
  • The Instructor uses English to conduct the Course, but she/he can read and speak Japanese proficiently.

How long is this Course?

  • This Course has 10 Learning Sessions. Typically the Course meets once per week. It begins in September and ends in November.

Is this an MBA-level Course?

  • This Course is adapted from a 15-session, MBA-level course. Each session was 90 minutes.
    • Six previous versions of this Course taught by this instructor have been successfully completed by professionals with various levels of academic preparation and English ability from Japan and around the world.

How much time do I need to dedicate to this Course each week?

  • Individual time requirements will vary, but here are some average times based on previous experience:
    • Average Individual Reading & Preparation Time Before a Learning Session: 2-3 hours
    • Average Team Preparation Time Before a Learning Session: 2-4 hours
    • Average Learning Session Time: 90 – 120 minutes

What is the required number of Participants?

  • Minimum required number of Participants: 15
  • Maximum number of Participants: 45
  • Actual number of Participants will be within the minimum and maximum and decided in concert with the Community Organizer.

Do Participants have to pay for the readings separately?

  • No, the readings are included as part of the tuition fee. The majority of the readings come from the digital repository at Harvard Business School Publishing so they will be made available to the Participants online.

Is there a dress code for Participants?

  • We think business or business casual works well. Learners learn more – and often earn more – when they are dressed for success!

Do Participants have access to a Learning Management System (LMS)?

  • Yes, this course makes use of CANVAS by Instructure. Participants have access to the LMS during the Course.

What are the technology requirements to participate in this Course?

  • PC, web browser, and internet connection.
  • Document software such as MS Word or Google Docs.
  • Presentation software such as MS Powerpoint or Google Slides.
  • Other?

When is the Reservation Deadline?

  • June 30th

How often is this Course offered?

  • In principle this Course is offered every year in the September – November period.

What do I receive if I successfully complete the Course?

  • If you successfully complete the Course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion issued by MDI.TOKYO through Accredible.

Will the Instructor write a letter of recommendation in support of my application to graduate school?

  • MDI.TOKYO is happy to provide a letter of recommendation for everyone who successfully completes the Course.
  • In principle, we will write up to 3 letters for an Alumnna/Alumnus of MDI.TOKYO Programs and Courses.
  • After the 3rd letter, we assess a nominal fee for each additional letter.

Are you ready to begin your learning journey?