Cross-industry exchange is also one of the stages
where you can prove your ideas. Members with different backgrounds, technologies
and skills can work on starting concrete manufacturing and/or services through
As one of the panelists, I participated in the
panel discussion at Yamaguchi Convention of the Chugoku Block Technology and
Market Exchange Plaza held in Yamaguchi City, Yamaguchi Prefecture on October
27, 2000. The title of the panel discussion was "The Reality and
Challenges of Venture Creation (Fifth Subcommittee) -Can Cross-Industry
Exchange Foster Ventures?"
The members of the panel discussion were as
Coordinator: Professor Sadao Fujiwara, Yamaguchi
Panelists: Mr. Tadashi Shiba (Councilor,
Corporate Support Department, SME Center,
Mr. Toyoyuki Okamoto (President of Toyo System
Plant, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Mr. Karl T. Kamamoto (KEC / OFFICE KTK, Hiroshima
The panelists had 10 minutes of presentations for
each and 50 minutes of discussion time.
The following was my remark.
1. Purpose of
cross-industry exchange: In the case of our group, it is both the development
of new technologies, products and business models and the exchange of
2. Venture business
creation and development:
1) It is necessary to
work on what is creative and original and the things others can’t do even if
they are insane. Our group has developed spiral grip bars. (One company in the
group is responsible for all of this product and continuously produces and
sells it. The other members only cooperated to express their opinions during
the development stage.)
observation, new ideas and demonstrations are required. In my case, I did all
of these alone, but this series of work led to the development of
Setsuden-mushi (a profit-making device).
3) A strong leader is
needed. Individuals should be prioritized in cross-industry exchange
activities. Majority voting, aggregation of majority ideas, and their averaging
are not familiar to the creation of venture businesses.
4) In cross-industry
exchange, it is effective for the members to be enrolled in other groups and to
have many other contacts with other people from different fields. Creating a
venture business by all members with their strong individualities is not easy.
It is one of the methods of cross-industry exchange that the group itself
devotes itself to the side support of individual members. Those who join only
expecting to get something from the group, and/or those who are willing to do
their own business with group members cannot be enrolled in cross-industry
exchange groups for a long time.
5) Whether it is an
individual or a cross-industry exchange group, it takes a long preparation
period to start a business. There is a shortage of funds and PR, so it is
important to make good use of the media. Even if a venture business is created,
it often does not have a sales channel for products and services. From the
early days of venture business creation, we should actively disseminate
information to the media and focus on developing our own sales channels.
6) The order of
elements required to create a venture business is people> goods> money.
And you should create various human networks before starting a business. This
also takes time.
7) It takes time and
energy to create a venture business. However, there is no guarantee that the
business will be profitable. Moreover, since members have their own daily life,
it is also necessary to earn "tomorrow's bread fee" with their own systems
and qualifications that can earn daily money. Members should not sacrifice
their families. Moreover, it is out of the question to spend your retirement
allowance on the creation of a venture business.
8) Considering the
age of internationalization and the age of the Internet, English ability is
also required to create a venture business. No matter how small a venture
starts, it is necessary to exchange information with overseas and disseminate