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Freeman Foundation Asian Fellowship Program

FOUR MBAs. FOUR Weeks in Japan. ONE Life-Changing Experience.

For the fourth summer in a row, the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship (PACE) is pleased to offer the Freeman Foundation Asian Fellowship program. The goal of this program is to provide MBA students with an opportunity to conduct independent, entrepreneurial projects in an Asian country. It is designed with a win-win approach—foreign startups benefit from pro bono, business consultation services, while students gain hands-on, real-world, educational experiences.

  • Number of Students: A team of four Shidler College of Business MBA students are selected each summer.

  • Duration: The program is 6–8 weeks long and runs between May and August with four weeks immersed in-country.
  • Cost: Free for companies. However, the company must provide a dedicated point-of-contact person for the students to readily access. Thanks to the Freeman Foundation, PACE is able to offer a competitive fellowship to subsidize travel and living expenses abroad.

2018 Project Scope (revised Mar. 28, 2018)

Students shall be selected to assist companies associated with an entrepreneurial hub in Japan’s Fukuoka prefecture (a Hawai‘i sister state). Fukuoka is an exciting startup community that boasts a booming economy; access to numerous universities and R&D centers; and unique entrepreneurial incentives including the Startup Visa, which gives foreigners six-months before applying for a Business Managers Visa. 

While immersed in the center of Fukuoka’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, students shall serve as consultants and produce work including market analyses, financial projections, and business and expansion planning. The team would be supervised by the PACE Executive Director through in-person and video conference meetings. Upon completion of the project, the team shall present its findings and recommendations to the client(s).

Application Deadline is April 18, 2018.

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