About the project

Objective: To create an entrepreneurial ecosystem for the revitalization of Tohoku.

On March 11th 2011, one of the most disastrous earthquakes in the last 1,000 years hit Tohoku.

Just one day later, ETIC initiated a discussion on approaches for recovery. On March 14th, the “Disaster Recovery Leader Development Project” was launched to support the affected citizens and communities.The aim of the Disaster Recovery Leader Development Project is to create a Tohoku that attracts young entrepreneurs and leaders. The key for Tohoku recovery is action led by local citizens.

One of the largest obstacles to recovery is the lack of young, talented professionals to lead recovery projects because they have left relocated to larger cities. The leaders that remain have innovative ideas and programs to support the recovery efforts, but lack young professionals who can work closely with them in key positions. ETIC’s aim is to create a continuous flow of young professional to Tohoku and to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem that will allow them to remain.

Three years have passed since the disaster. Many entrepreneurs have started innovative disaster recovery programs that address the needs of communities. However, much remains to be done. ETIC is committed to contributing to the revitalization of the region through the leadership development and by supporting entrepreneurs.

Emergency Relief to Disaster Victims                                (March 14, 2011 – May 1, 2011) [Closed]

For almost three months, ETIC, as a founding partner, collaborated with local NPOs and intermediaries from Miyagi, Kansai, and Tokyo, for a project called Tsuna-pro. ETIC also served as the project’s Tokyo office.

With a mission to protect the vulnerable as they faced uncertainty in evacuation centers, Tsuna-pro identified the needs of vulnerable population and paired with the appropriate resources and services available from specialized NPOs.

Fellowship Program                                          (from May 1, 2011)

The Fellowship Program began in May 2011 as the key component of our recovery efforts. By the end of February 2012, we developed 74 Fellows.

To respond to the increasing needs for young entrepreneurs with practical skills, we raised our 3-year target from 100 to 200 in November 2011.

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