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Daimler/Nippon Foundation Innovative Leaders Fund
Finds First 8 Scholarship Students

July 30, 2012
•  First Ever MBA School in Japan’s Northeastern “Tohoku” Region: Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University in Sendai Opened on April 2012
•  Support for Fostering Leaders for Driving Reconstruction Efforts in Disaster-Hit Regions
Daimler AG (Stuttgart, Germany: Chairman Dr. Dieter Zetsche) and the Nippon Foundation (Tokyo, Japan: Chairman Mr. Yohei Sasagawa), today announced the first 8 “Innovative Scholarship” students under its overall “Daimler/Nippon Foundation Innovative Leaders Fund.” The 8 students were awarded at a key ceremony event held at Sendai campus of Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University on Sunday, July 29.
Established in April 2012, the “Daimler/Nippon Foundation Innovative Leaders Fund” seeks to foster leaders who will drive change and reformation of the region hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake. In particular, it consists of the following two funds: 1. “Innovative Scholarship”:  Scholarship program for students residing either in Iwate, Miyagi, or Fukushima prefectures and studying at Sendai campus of Graduate School of Management, GLOBIS University; 2. “Startup Fund”: Fund for the start-up of new business in the Tohoku region.
Overall, the “Daimler/Nippon Foundation Innovative Leaders Fund” aims to create more than 100 business leaders in the disaster-hit areas through its scholarship program and provide support subsidies for 15-20 new remarkable businesses entrepreneurs. The fund will be granted during the period of three years from April 2012 to March 2015, with an estimated amount of about 200 million yen in total.
Within the 8 scholarship students who have been awarded to represent as leaders in driving reconstruction of the Tohoku region include already well-known leaders, Mr. Tomohiro Takei, Representative Director of MAKOTO General Incorporated Association, who has organized a fund to help entrepreneurs with capital and knowhow in the disaster-hit areas, and Mr. Kenji Suzuki, President of Yoake Ichiba, who has opened a “restoration restaurant area” in front of Iwaki station in Fukushima.
“Congratulations to our scholarship winners of the ‘Daimler/Nippon Foundation Innovative Leaders Fund,’” said Mr. Karl Deppen, Daimler Vice President and Head of Executive Management Development, offering a congratulatory remark during the awarding ceremony. “No doubt, the Tohoku region has invested tremendous resource in its recovery and reconstruction efforts. Now, 2012 is about reimagining a new future and investing into growth and opportunity, taking steps to invest in young entrepreneurs to bring back the strong spirit of Tohoku.”
The selected eight scholarship students will be granted approximately 50-80% of the tuition through the fund. Daimler/Nippon Foundation Innovative Leaders Fund plans to select students for the MBA degree course, who plan to enter GLOBIS Graduate School of Management after April 2013, and also candidates for the “Startup Fund” for new business entrepreneurs granted with the “Innovative Scholarship.”
Back Row: Representative from Daimler AG and Nippon Foundation
Back Row: Representative from Daimler AG and Nippon Foundation
Front Row: Scholarship Students


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Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world’s biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services.
The company’s founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today: The Group’s focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles that appeal to and fascinate its customers.
About Nippon Foundation (
The Nippon Foundation was established in 1962 as a non-profit philanthropic organization, active in Japan and around the world. Initially its efforts focused largely on the maritime and shipping fields, but since then the range of  activities has expanded to education, social welfare, public health, and other fields—carried out in more than 100 countries to date. Together with more than 20 partner organizations in Japan and worldwide The Nippon Foundation is funding and assisting community-led efforts aimed at realizing a more peaceful and prosperous global society.
About GLOBIS (
In 1992, GLOBIS started with one marketing course in a small, rented classroom in Tokyo. Since then, the management environment surrounding Japanese companies has reached an unparalleled turning point requiring dynamic change and creativity. The history of GLOBIS is the continual pursuit of creative change and innovation drawing upon its experience in starting and growing business. In “People” infrastructures, it has turned out a large number of business leaders and supported corporate clients in enhancing their management capabilities. In “Capital”, it has supported the creative efforts of venture business, and in “Knowledge”, it has published numerous books on management. With each new day, GLOBIS takes another step forward becoming the No.1 business school in Asia as well as Asia’s No.1 venture capital firm.