Panel Session

Unlocking CBS Entrepreneurship Programs


Takayuki Nakagawa on 12/21/2021

You can download the event report and presentation slides in Japanese at the below links.

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CVC Japan hosted a virtual talk with current and former Columbia Business School students who will share the latest trends on Entrepreneurship Programs and extracurricular activities at Columbia Business School (CBS) in New York City.

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Student Speaker


Takayuki Nakagawa, Columbia Business School (Class of 2022)

Takayuki Nakagawa is currently studying as an MBA student in Columbia Business School’s Class of 2022. Before starting his MBA, he worked as a management consultant in A.T. Kearney’s Japan Office, advised leading organizations in a variety of engagements all over the world, focusing mainly on the healthcare industry, such as big pharma, medical appliance companies, and public agencies involved in healthcare. Mr. Nakagawa graduated from University of Tokyo and got a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science before starting his career as a consultant.


Hiroto Nakamura, Columbia Business School (Class of 2021)

Hiroto is a recent graduate of Columbia Business School’s Class of 2021. Prior to CBS, he worked at a Japanese bank, primarily in the bank’s project finance teams based in Tokyo and NY. Hiroto earned his MBA from Columbia Business School and BA in Economics from Waseda University. At CBS, he focused on entrepreneurship and data analytics classes, and served as Co-President of the Japan Business Association.


Koichi Kurata, Columbia Business School (Class of 2022)

Prior to CBS, he was working at a Japanese financial institution over 10 years, engaged in commercial banking for regional SMEs in Japan, project financing in the renewables energy sector in Western Europe as well as business strategy planning for the company’s operation in the EMEA and Oceania regions. He was also an active member of Australia-Japan Business Cooperation Committee’s Future Leaders Program, and worked to solicit foreign investments for projects such as Western Sydney Aerotropolis development project. Koichi earned a BA from the Faculty of Liberal Arts at The University of Tokyo. At CBS, he focuses on finance and entrepreneurship, and acts as Co-President of Pangea Advisors, the school’s pro-bono consulting group for international social venture projects.

⁠Alumni Speaker


Joji Takamoto, Director,
Kyoto at Plug and Play Japan
Joji is the Director of Kyoto office at Plug and Play, the world's leading early stage investor, accelerator, and corporate innovation platform. He is leading Plug and Play Japan’s Health and New Materials accelerator program to foster the collaboration of startups to large corporations. Prior to Plug and Play, Joji has been in charge of new business development and startup investment for a Japanese corporation in the life science industry. Joji earned an Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Waseda University.