Future Japanese CEOs Visit Menlo College

On February 19, 2018, Menlo College hosted a delegation of students from Japan. The students were selected by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology from several regional business plan contests in Japan. The program was organized by Silicon Valley Japan University and sponsored by the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology. The Menlo visit was part of a one-week program in Silicon Valley, a location selected due to its status as a major center of global innovation.

The students shared ambitions to launch a new business venture as CEO. The program led to refinements of the students’ business plans, and improvements in their presentations and concepts. They challenged themselves to do business pitches in English for Menlo Professor Arthur Chait. Professor Chait also delivered a special lecture: “Preparing and Presenting a Business Pitch,” focused on best practices of doing a business pitch, based on his 30 years of experience in launching successful startups and in teaching. Student comments included “Taking an actual lecture at Menlo College was such a precious experience,” and “Great opportunity to do a pitch in English for a professor who has real professional experience.”