Deadline: 2nd Sep (Thu) 
Note: You must complete the payment by Sep 2nd

"TOPPA !!" is a systematic leadership program that focuses on high-quality inputs and outputs for three months based on programs from top overseas universities such as Cambridge University. You will acquire mindset and practical skills necessary for global leaders making impact through high-quality inputs and outputs for three months.

First, through interactive lectures by leaders who are active globally, including a lecturer at the University of Cambridge, you will be challenged, encouraged and inspired to be a global leader.

Meanwhile, in order to practice leadership, you will be assigned to a project creating Social Innovation to the medical field. You will be challenged by the healthcare startup OUI Inc. to propose a "New Project Idea to Radically Reduce the Loss of Eyesight". 
By forming a group of about 5 junior and senior high school students, you will develop collaborative skills and leadership necessary to play a globally active role in the 21st century, in addition to individual problem-solving skills.


Project: New Project Proposal to Radically Reduce the Loss of Eyesight

You will be challenged by the healthcare startup OUI Inc. to propose a "New Project Idea to Radically Reduce the Loss of Eyesight".

We will also guide you through the frameworks and processes necessary to think about the business, and our mentor will accompany you for 3 months.

What is OUI Inc.?

OUI Inc. is a Japanese medical startup founded by 3 ophthalmologists from Keio University School of Medicine, developing smartphone attachment medical device "Smart Eye Camera (SEC)", which enables diagnosing the  anterior part of the eye with equal function to existing slit-lamp microscopes. 
OUI Inc.aims to overcome world blindness by delivering eye healthcare to patients all over the world suffering from eye diseases and difficulty in access to ophthalmology.
Dr. Eisuke Shimizu, co-founder and CEO of OUI Inc., was selected as the Eye Health Hero 2020 of IAPB (The International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness), the peak body of global eyecare. Eisuke also won Vision Hacker Award 2021 by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Program Overview

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Period &

4-6 PM JST/
2-4PM ICT/ 12:30-2:30PM IST/

Every Saturday from Sep 4th to Nov 27th

Note 1: Please be aware of the change in time difference with Japan for some countries due to the end of summer time
Note 2: Project must also be driven outside of class, and out-of-class activities will occur every week for several hours

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Completely online using Zoom / Slack, etc.

The following will be carried out alternately:
(1) Output
A learning experience that fosters leadership by working on practical projects with diverse members
(2) Input

Practical and advanced soft skill development learning experience that cannot be learned at school

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Target &

Up to 30 junior and senior high school students (7th to 12th Grade)

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English: Discussion level required (TOEFL iBT 60+)



Normal: $450 (USD)
Scholarship: $150 (USD)

Note 1: In this program, some students with financial difficulty will be selected as scholarship students, and the fee will be reduced to $150 
Note 2: The fee is prepaid
​Note 3: If you apply with your friends, $30 discount available

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Aug 14 (Sat) 5-6 PM JST
1:30-2:30PM IST
Noon-1PM GST
--> Info Session Application link



Sep 2nd (Thu)
--> Program Application Link
Note: You must complete the payment by Sep 2nd

Tentative Schedule

Sep 4
Kickoff!! & Introduction
Sep 11
Project 1: Ideation/Team Building
Sep 18
Lecture 1: Design Thinking
Sep 25
Project 2: Research and Survey/Interview
Oct 2
Lecture 2: Management of a Diverse Team
Oct 9
Project 3: Prototyping
Oct 16
Project 4: Customer Journey
Oct 23
Lecture 3: Self-Reflection/Feedback
Oct 30
Project 5: Business Model Canvas
Nov 6
Lecture 4: Pitch Perfect
Nov 13
Project 6: Presentation Prep
Nov 20
Lecture 5: How to Foster Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations
Nov 27
Project 7: Pitch & Feedback

Participant's Review

I think that the project has given me a very valuable experience in terms of creating a business from scratch and building teamwork. I am grateful that I got to receive a lot of great advice from the guest teachers, who all taught us in innovative and creative ways with all of their heart. They used games and role-plays to make the scene more realistic and learning more interesting. Their presentations were our role models when we presented our business models.

We also had to work entirely in English. It was tough, trying to communicate as it was a language many of us were not familiar with; we struggled to share ideas but the great mentors supported us. They gave us professional advice, was always there during coffee chats. I didn’t know how to lead the team, so our mentor gave me advice on motivating others. 

Finally, because we are all serious about solving society’s problems, we had to think deeply about what was expected of us and what was required to improve the situation. As we were constantly required to look to our values during the project,  I realised what was truly important to me. The experience will definitely help me in making choices in the future. 
Overall, I am extremely glad that I participated in this project, Thank you so much!

Midori, 15 years old, Malaysia

Recommended for Applicants like You!


Applicants who...

  • Want to learn mindset skills to become active as a leader / social innovator in the future.

  • Would like to work on the social innovation business and SDGs business.

  • Want to connect with the same generation outside of school who have strong aspirations to work hard

  • Are considering to study abroad or go on to higher education, and would like to have the opportunity to practice English.

  • Are considering to take an examination in school-recommended selection, comprehensive selection, etc., and want to gain experience in extracurricular activities

Various Mentors/Lecturers
*Lecturers are subject to change without notice due to sudden circumstances.

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Program Lead:
Kei Ikegami

Kei worked for international corporation projects in the Middle East at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and for the overseas expansion of AI robots at SoftBank. He also started to provide leader education and career education to more than 200 students whose learning opportunities were restricted due to the stay-at-home restrictions of the corona virus. In 2021, Kei established MIRAIing Inc. with the passion to nurture the next generation that will create the future. Kei holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Cambridge & Master of Public Policy from Kyoto University.


Management of a Diverse Team:
Sayuri Kajiyama

Sayuri is Head of Product Management and Marketing at GeoSpock, one of Cambridge's hottest tech startups looking to transform how IoT and mobility data is analysed. Previously, Sayuri has worked at Citigroup, Recruit, and Expedia in various roles, spanning many cities over the world including Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, London, and Cambridge. She has an MBA from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge and a BS in Computer Science from Harvey Mudd College in California.

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How to foster Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in organizations:
Lionel Paolella

Lecturer at the University of Cambridge and Affiliated Faculty at the Harvard University.

Lionel's main line of research explores how market categories – a set of firms that share cognitive and cultural similarities – affect the social evaluation and performance of organisations, e.g. in the international legal services market or the Islamic banking industry. He received the Cambridge Judge Teaching Award in 2017, the MBA Faculty of the Year Award in 2018, and he has been listed among the Best 40 under 40 Professors by Poets and Quants in 2019.

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Varun Boughram

A banker, turned healthcare entrepreneur, he is passioned to work with Startups and entrepreneurs to innovate. As an experienced professional with strategic, analytical and financial acumen, he has an MBA from University of Cambridge, Judge Business School. Currently, based in the UAE and heading strategy and business incubation at Fortes Education Group.


Prim Chuenchomlada

Prim is currently a manager in Thailand’s leading public policy consultant firm. She works closely with government agency clients with a shared goal to deliver real, tangible impact and make processes digitally seamless for the good of the public. In her academic pursuit, Prim graduated Bachelor of Business Administration from Chulalongkorn University with second-class honour and, after a stint of working in several industries, she joined the Master of Business Administration program at Cambridge Judge Business School.  Previously, Prim has worked at Accenture, her family business in gemstone trading, and creative industries.


Pitch Perfect:
Alex Tanahashi

Alex is supporting Nippon Investment Company's private equity investments by joining portfolio company, Yukari Resort Co., Ltd., a major resort hotel operator in Japan, as CSO/CMO and executing value creation plan.
Previously, Alex worked as a consultant at McKinsey and an intrapreneur / overseas business development at Waseda Academy Co., Ltd.
He has an MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business.


Design Thinking:
Tian Tan

Tian is a Senior Experience Designer at McKinsey. 7+ year experience in consulting and technology, Tian has a sharp focus on unlocking business and user value and creating ambitious and sustainable change through design thinking, digital product/ service design, and Leap (new business incubation and building). His work spans across technology, healthcare, mobility, and consumer industries. MBA from University of Cambridge.


Hiroki Maehara

After working at Bank of Japan for 7 years, recently joined a technology startup 10X,Inc. MBA from University of Pennsylvania Wharton school '21, BA of International Relation from University of Tokyo '14. Loves traveling and basketball.


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