Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Bootcamp

with Neil Nguyen and Kristen Hughes

Top tier universities are moving toward more project-based skills and impact assessments, so students who want to show their above-and-beyond experience need to learn how to organize all the resources to create impactful projects.

The bootcamp, taught by a seasoned entrepreneur, Neil Nguyen, and experienced venture capitalist, Kristen Hughes, is designed to guide expose students through the first steps of starting their own business. During the course, the students will learn about the following:

  • Assessing customers, markets, and competition
  • Total Addressable Market (TAM)
  • Go-To-Market strategies
  • Revenue projections, balance sheets, cash flow, and income statements along w/ seasonality
  • Financial valuation methods including Discounted Cash Flow (DCF), Price/Revenue multiples, and Price/Earning multiples

After attending the course, students will be able to create the following:

  • 30sec, 5min, and 30min pitches.
  • A one-pager executive summary
  • A 10-slides pitch deck
  • An in-depth thorough business plan including SWOT analysis and financial projections

Class Information

Class Time: 13:00 PM – 17:00 PM JST
Dates: Weekdays from July 12th to July 23rd
Grades: 9 – 12

Price: ¥13,000 per hour

Who is it for?

Students interested in the following:

  • starting their own business, club, or non-profit
  • learning how to pitch to venture capitalists
  • pitching their idea and plan to an entrepreneur or investor

Why now?

Top-tier universities are moving toward more project-based skills and impact assessments, so students who want to show their above-and-beyond experience need to learn how to organize all the resources to create impactful projects.

Meet Your Instructors

Neil Nguyen

Neil has a history of entrepreneurship since 2009. His experience includes founding and managing 2 education businesses (~130 staff in ~10 countries) and 2 NPOs (~20 staff in ~3 countries). He successfully raised $100k+ grant from Ford Foundation and Yahoo, led $1m+ debt financing rounds from Japanese banks, and received a Japanese government grant to build educational software. Neil is also active in the social projects where he has run 4 education-themed hackathons in Vietnam and Japan with sponsorships from Softbank, Coca-Cola, Rakuten, etc., attended 2 medical missions to treat 10,000+ people at the border of China & Vietnam, and established Tokyo Founders to work with the Tokyo Metro Government to help foreign entrepreneurs tackle company establishment, visa, accounting, and legal problems in Japan. Neil is also a passionate teacher who has taught and managed 3000+ students. 

Neil earned a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and a Master of Economics at Tokyo University.

Kristen Hughes

In the tech boom of the late 1990s, Kristen Hughes worked in the technology corporate finance department at Morgan Stanley, helping approximately one company a month go public. In addition to vetting financial models and helping to draft offering memoranda and marketing pitches for IPOs, she also worked on debt financings and merger and acquisitions. Kristen then transitioned to Morgan Stanley venture capital group where she invested $5m – $20m in expansion stage private technology companies for seven years. She is currently a science and math tutor at Tokyo Academics and a private investor.

Kristen Hughes earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Harvard University and a master of education degree from Stanford University.