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“We cannot teach people anything;
we can only help them
discover it within themselves.”

Galilei Galileo, signifies what I took out most from the Tokyo Innovation Summer Program in Japan.
In my own words, it helped me realize the great potential for innovation lying both in my hands and
existing in my environment. It is truly unlocking hidden potentials.(by past participant)

Under the current situation with the COVID-19, has decided to postpone
the international summer program TISP 2020.

To international students who had been longing for TISP 2020

Thank you for visiting TISP website.I hope you are doing well, and your loved ones are sound and safe. Under the current situation with the COVID-19, has decided to postpone the international summer program TISP 2020.
I am sorry to those who were looking forward to apply for this summer program.I dearly hope we can hold one next summer.
Till then, I hope you will actively seek for innovative solutions in your areas and fields to live with the new challenging future.


Thank you!


Welcome to TISP2019!

“Interested in learning how to create innovative ideas? Have you always wanted to come to Japan? Then TISP is your program!”

During the past 6 years, TISP (Tokyo Innovation Summer Program) has served as an innovative experience for students around the world. The intensive 2-week program is attended by selected international students from around the world,* students from Japan, and high school students from the regional areas of Japan. Together in diverse teams, you will go to places and interview people to find innovation opportunities in real business.

* is an innovation education program which started in 2009 at The University of Tokyo. The program focuses on learning the process of ideating innovative solutions for social issues with a human-centered approach. Mainly designed for graduate students, bares no credits or degrees. Yet the program attracts competent young students each year, and the number of students who completed the program counts over 130. In 2017, spun out from The University of Tokyo aiming to provide a more open educational opportunity.
TISP 2019 is run as part of’s program.


Teaching Method:
Boosting your Vision!

The program encourages students to develop their skills for innovation, regardless of whether it is their first-time learning the innovation process. The teaching method is designed in a way that first-time learners and skilled learners can encourage each other throughout the program. Taking away the experiences learnt will surely boost your visions with a confidence in innovation.

Diverse Student Body:
Connect with Talented
Students Worldwide!

The program puts emphasis on diversity, thus participants come from universities all over the world. Furthermore, participants also have diverse academic backgrounds, such as Business, Engineering, Economics, Education, Architecture, Design, Art, etc. Experiencing the program together will surely strengthen connections and form a worldwide team.

Fieldwork Experience:
Dive Deep into Japan’s
Cutting Edge!

One of the highlights of the program allows participants to understand Japan’s culture, from the traditional local areas to the latest cool-urban lifestyle. The program offers not only classes and workshops, but also various opportunities for students to study Japan through a hands-on experience, including fieldwork in Tokyo and in a local region in Japan.



The goal for TISP 2019 is to come up with innovative business ideas for small/mid-size companies in Japan, utilizing their existing resources. Japan is better known worldwide for large companies like TOYOTA and SONY, but an amazing 99.7% are small to mid-size, according to Forbes Japan. Many of these companies are well established with long histories, unique technologies and passionate owners. We will visit some of them and identify their strengths. And by using analogical thinking, we will stand in the business owner’s shoes, and try to come up with innovative business ideas.

The first half of the 2-week program will be held in Tokyo. This part will be for International students and students. The program will be composed of a full-day fieldwork visiting various companies in the Tokyo area, followed by a 3-day workshop at the Komaba Campus, The University of Tokyo.

In the latter half of the workshop, participants will be asked to apply what they have learned in Tokyo to support high school students do the same in the regional areas of Japan. We will split into two groups, fly over to two different local destinations, and will be joined by local high school students. In Tokyo, you are the learners, but in the regional area, you will be the coaches and the discussion partners for the high school students.

For TISP 2019, the regional areas will be Miyazaki Prefecture and Kagawa Prefecture. We will divide the teams into two destinations for the latter half of the program. Please understand that we will not be able to ask for your preference.


The official language used in TISP 2019 will be English. Japanese students will support with interpretation during the fieldworks.



“Nothing more life changing”

There is nothing more life changing than experiencing Japan and creativity with more than 40 other strangers from around the world, who become your friends, teammates, and mentors.


“The possibilities are everywhere.”

You will make friends, you will be in a place where everyone wants to make a change, you will learn, and you will create. Do not hesitate on applying, you will broaden your visions!


“Now I look at things
in a better perspective.”

Before TISP, I didn’t really believe in myself or have any confidence in my ideas. This program taught me that I can make a change and help others. I gained more confidence and motivation.


“You’ll learn so much from others”

I have learned a method to think about innovation from my values and observations. I also really enjoyed interacting with everyone here and know I will be leaving with some wonderful friends.


“The courage to take a step forward”

The Regional Program was one of the best experiences of my life. Interacting with the local youth, gave me new insights and courage to take a step forward in my career. Thank you!


Application Period March 1st - April 15th(GMT), 2019
Duration July 29th- August 9th, 2019

Monday, July 29th - registration & welcome party
Tuesday, July 30st - fieldwork/Tokyo
Wednesday, July 31st - workshop1 day 1
Thursday, August 1st - workshop1 day 2
Friday, August 2nd - workshop1 day 3
Saturday, August 3rd- free day in Tokyo
Sunday, August 4th - fly to regional area
Monday, August 5th - fieldwork/regional area
Tuesday, August 6th - workshop2 day 1
Wednesday, August 7th - workshop2 day 2
Thursday, August 8th - presentation
Friday, August 9th - back to Tokyo & closing
* Schedule may change.


International students will be staying at The National Olympics Memorial Youth Center in Tokyo ( In the regional areas, we will all be staying at local public Youth Centers. You will be asked to comply with the ground rules of these facilities. The rooms from July 29th to August 3rd during your stay in Tokyo will be singles (shared shower), and the room for August 9th will be multi. The rooms in the regional areas will be multi (shared Japanese style bath & shower). 

Number of Participants International students from overseas: up to 15
Japanese students from up to 15
Qualifications for Application University Students

Students currently enrolled in a university (undergraduate, graduate or PhD programs), including those who will graduate in June 2019. Participants must be able to attend the program for the whole duration.

*There will be a selection process based on your submitted application. The results will be announced by the end of April.
Fees 120,000 JPY (about 1,200USD)

What is included in the fee?

-program participation
-transportation between Tokyo and regional area

What is not included in the fee?

-travel expenses to Japan (i.e. air fares, visa fees, insurance, local transportation in your country)
-travel expenses within Tokyo (i.e. transportation from and to the airport to the hotel, local trains, subways, busses during fieldwork in Tokyo)
-other personal allowances

*There are no scholarships available for this program.


Application was closed. See you in Tokyo next year!

Application was closed