Chicago Booth Alumni Club of Japan invites you to the CHIEF-J (Chicago Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum - Japan) with keynote speaker Sorato Ijichi, founder and CEO of Creww.


2F Shin Yurakucho Buildg.
Room Y204
1-12-1 Yuraku-cho Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo, Japan

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We are delighted to announce the fourth event of the "Chicago Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum Japan" (CHIEF-J). This time we are honored to have as the guest speaker, Mr. Sorato Ijichi, one of Japan's most admirable young serial entrepreneurs and founder and CEO of creww, which is Japan's largest platform to accelerate collaboration between large corporations and startups.

Following Mr. Ijichi's presentation, Tatsunori Onitake, '10 (AXP-9) will host an active discussion session with Mr.Ijichi concentrating on how to construct a startup eco-system in Japan.

In addition, a Business plan presentation by Booth alumni will be arranged. Our distinguished first speaker is Alan Acosta, '08 (AXP-7), who is the co-owner and executive director of Workshift Solutions. Mr. Acosta will present a narrative of his new challenging "Global Cloud Sourcing".

Program - "Social Network Innovation"
7:00 pm Opening
7:05 pm Keynote Speech: "Innovating Japan's startup eco-system with Creww's platform. Mr. Sorato Ijichi Founder and CEO, Creww Open Innovation Platform.
8:05 pm Discussion session: "Business models to be the key success factor of your startups". Interviewer: Tatsunori Onitake, '10 (AXP-9), Interviewee: Mr. Sorato Ijichi
8:35 pm - 8:40 pm Break
8:40 pm Alumnus Business Plan Pitch: "Global Crowdsourcing" with Alan Acosta, '08 (AXP-7)
8:35 pm Closing
9:05 pm –10:00 pm Networking

Two event sessions will be held in Japanese and one event session in English.

We look forward to welcoming you to the CHIEF-J! 


3,000 Yen per person


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Capacity limited to 50

Deadline: 1/22/2016

Speaker Profiles

Mr. Sorato Ijichi (Speaker)
CEO, Creww

Moved to U.S. when he was 16 year's old. Launched four startups, two in Japan, one in U.S., and one in the Philippines. Started a web marketing company when he was an undergrad at the University of California, supported web strategies for over 600 companies including Fox. Successfully sold a web shopping mall, which he launched in 2009, to a large video distribution company. Launched an off-shore development company in the Philippines and sequentially started creww as a project, which was incorporated in 2012. Now he holds the CEO position for creww.

Alan Acosta, '08 (AXP-7) (Speaker)
Executive Director and co-owner, Workshift Solutions

Recent winner of the Japan Entrepreneur Association Award for "most promising business idea". Received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 2008.

Tatsunori Onitake, ’10 (AXP-9) (Speaker)
Non-Executive Director, Creww

Marketing Team Manager, Retail Business Office, Orix Corporation. Non-executive Director at Creww. Earned his MBA in 2010 from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.


Shinichi Sato, '06 (AXP-5) 


Other Information

This event is supported by EY Japan and EY Advisory.

A special thank you to the CHIEF-J Planning Committee:

Shinichi Sato, '06 (AXP-5)
Tak Shiohama, '04 (AXP-3)
Takeyuki Kuroki, '94
Naonori Kurokawa, '09
Chizuru Hoshi, '12
Yusuke Karita, '11 (AXP-10)
Neil Faust, AM '86, MBA'91
Masaaki Ikeda, '14 (AXP-13)
Kyota Narimatsu, '11 (AXP-10)