Nexstar is a community-driven entrepreneurial program initiated and developed by ACASE and the City of Melbourne since 2018, supported by the Victorian Government and other partners such as PwC, DLA Piper and university incubators. The participating startups and international students as future entrepreneurs are working together to explore new business opportunities in key Asian markets including China, India, Indonesia, Singapore and Japan.
NexStar 2021 May Sprint will take a deep dive into the dynamic Japanese market. Students and startups alike will develop a comprehensive understanding of Japan, its culture, advancing sectors and business opportunities.
Get your Application In! Application closes at 25th April!
MONDAY 3rd May
10:15am – 10:30am Check-in + Mic / Speaker testing
10:30am – 10:35am Welcome Speech
10:35am – 10:40am Welcome to NexStar Online (Live or Video)
10:40am – 11:00am Program overview
11:00am – 11:30am Entrepreneurship
11:30am – 12:30pm Japanese Cultural insights/ difference and potential implication to Startups
12:30pm – 1:30pm Lunch & Group Networking (Virtually)
1:30pm – 2:30pm Assessing the Japan market: Size & Segments; Competitors & Channels
2:30pm – 3:30pm Startup ecosystem in Japan
3:30pm – 4:00pm Assignment instructions and Q&A session
WEDNESDAY 5th May
10:30am – 12:00pm Training on Resilience /Learning on Japanese Business culture and etiquette
12:00pm – 1:30pm Presentations and Pitching Skills
An overview of the elements of a successful startup pitch and presentation.
FRIDAY 7th May
12:00pm – 4:00pm Presentations to Startups
Judge panel: Chief Mentor, Representative from COM
Students’ teams will be assigned pre-allocated times to present their results to startup founders.
"My biggest take away is highly efficient teamwork. We complete the project in a really diverse team in just one week. We directly get feedback from clients in presentation and I keep in touch with them even after the project. Nexstar gives me valuable real case experience and would highly recommend to other students."
"This wonderful trip was entirely beyond my expectations, and I was surprised to gain a range of practical skills in the market analysis along with Safety Compass, such as how to apply different market analysis models, how to do user segmentation, market share analysis and competitor analysis. "
"It is a great opportunity for both startups and international students. Startups, like us, can leverage fresh ideas and independent external views on the company, market evaluation and products. Students can gain practical real life experience from this program, which is really valuable, I wish I could have joined something like this when I was an international student back then. "