Entrepreneurship & New Ventures @ GIS


You have arrived at the application and onboarding page for the Entrepreneurship & New Ventures (ENV) course taught at Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan.

The Entrepreneurship & New Ventures (ENV) course is an active learning course centered on the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial management. It is positioned as an entry point for students who think that they might want to start a business “someday,” and want to learn about the startup process now. Specifically, the course is designed to help students develop a better understanding of how to
  • generate and identify business opportunities,
  • define potential business concepts,
  • refine the business concepts through creativity and business modeling,
  • translate the business concepts into minimum viable product definitions informed by design thinking and lean startup customer development approaches, and then
  • prepare to drive sales of the products through an online presence.

If you would like to take this course, you must be enrolled as a student at Hosei University, and you must complete and submit the Application Form (details below).

ENV is an active learning course designed for 21st-century learners.

01. First Day of Class

Tuesday, September 22nd. (Happy Autumnal Equinox!) 08:50-10:30.

Note: The first class will be taught live via Zoom.

02. Course Duration

September 2020 – January 2021; Fourteen x 100 minute Live Sessions on Zoom.

03. Course Format

This course is lecture- and discussion-based, uses assigned readings, requires students to keep an online journal, and frequently makes use of in-class breakout groups.

Learning Design

The figure below depicts the learning design for the 2020 version of Entrepreneurship & New Ventures.

  • The Learning Goal of the ENV course is to acquire a better understanding of the fundamentals of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Management.
  • The Learning Objective of the ENV course is to develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset.
  • Additional Learning Objectives for this course include developing Critical Thinking, Communication, Leadership, Team Work, & Ethical Reasoning Skills.
To ensure a great start to this Learning Experience, please complete the Application Form (details and link below) and accept the invitation to join the course on CANVAS a.s.a.p.

Admissions Gateway

Application Form

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in completing the application form. In principle, the deadline for completing this form is Monday, September 21st at 8:00 p.m. However, students joining the course from Week 02 or 03 can still access this form. Even if the number of students on the first day of class is less than 40, students who wish to enroll in this course must complete the 2020 Application Form or they will not receive an invitation to join the class.

Onboarding Process

The figure below depicts the Onboarding Process for the 2020 version of Entrepreneurship & New Ventures.

  1. The first step to being offered admission to this course is completing the Application Form.
  2. The second step – if selected for admission to the course – is completing the CANVAS registration process.
The figure above shows the process of gaining admission to the 2020 version of ENV.

Key Points

Learning Management System

This course does NOT use Hoppii. Instead, this course uses CANVAS. If there is room for you in the course, then I will use the email address that you submitted in the APPLICATION FORM to send you an invitation to join the course on CANVAS. In order to learn how to join the second Zoom Live Session (i.e. the 2nd class) on September 29th, you will need to accept the invitation to join the course on CANVAS.

Teaching Technology

I use high-quality teaching technology to try to help you forget that we are not meeting in-person on campus.

Specifically, I use Zoom for my live streaming lectures and breakout sessions, a Blue Yeti prosumer mic for high-quality audio, a 4K Logicool Brio web camera & three studio lights for high-quality video streaming, and Anker Liberty Pro 2 true wireless earbuds to avoid unintentional audio feedback.

Note: Lectures in this course are NOT recorded. So, please plan on attending the Zoom Live Sessions if you intend to enroll in this course.

Maximum Class Size

The maximum number of students that can enroll in this course is 40.

How to Join the Course If You Missed Zoom Live Session 01.

  • Complete the APPLICATION FORM.
  • Please send me an email [sean.hackett.88 @ hosei.ac.jp] from your student email address. In your email please let me know that you just completed the APPLICATION FORM. Please let me know the following information:
    • 1) Your full name,
    • 2) Your student id,
    • 3) Your major, and year (i.e. 1st Year, 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th Year, 5th Year, or Other), and
    • 4) Please ask me if there are any available seats and any other questions you may have.

Course Requirements

  • Students are required to complete an assigned reading and a brief journal entry before most class meetings.
    • Most of the assigned readings come from an online coursepack that the Professor creates via Harvard Business School Publishing. (A link to the coursepack is emailed to the students after Session 02). Each enrolled student is required to purchase the coursepack directly from Harvard Business School Publishing. Online journal assignments that require students to complete a reading in the coursepack will not be evaluated by the Professor if the student has not purchased the coursepack from Harvard Business School Publishing.
  • Students are also required to complete a journal entry after each class meeting.
  • The final deliverable in the course is a Business Model Canvas and a brief paper explaining the contents of your business model canvas. The paper should be at least 2 pages long. It should have at least 11 paragraphs. The first paragraph is the Introduction; the last paragraph is the Conclusion. Paragraphs 2-10 describe the nine building blocks of the student’s business model canvas.

Course Instructor

Sean M. HACKETT, Ph.D.

Sean M. HACKETT, Ph.D.

Professor, Graduate School of Business, Aoyama Gakuin University

Dr. Hackett is a Professor at the Graduate School of Business, Aoyama Gakuin University (AGU). Before coming to AGU, Dr. Hackett served on the faculties at Waseda University in Tokyo, Drexel University in Pennsylvania (USA), and Vanderbilt University in Tennessee (USA). His teaching and research interests are at the intersection of cross-cultural management, innovation, negotiation, and entrepreneurship with a focus on how digitalization transforms existing businesses and makes new businesses possible.

Dr. Hackett has a B.A. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN); an M.A. in International Relations from Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), and an M.S./Ph.D. in Management of Technology from Vanderbilt University (Nashville, TN). As a Rotary Foundation Fellow, Dr. Hackett also spent nine months studying the Japanese language intensively at International Christian University (Tokyo, Japan).

Having studied in programs housed in Colleges of Arts and Letters as well as in a School of Engineering – and having taught primarily in business schools – has enabled Dr. Hackett to see the world from a variety of perspectives.