Wanted: a Successor! Apply now for the SoftBank Academia program starting April 2018

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for the SoftBank Academia program for 2018.
Thank you for your interest and applications.

SoftBank Academia was founded on July 28, 2010 to identify and foster potential successors of the SoftBank Group. At SoftBank Academia, we look for applicants both inside and outside the SoftBank Group who have the aspiration and qualities to be a future successor.

We are looking for people who: Aspire to be successor of SoftBank Group / Aim high to realize the Information Revolution's potential / Possess the charisma to attract various people / Have experience and accomplishments to be proud of


Admission Process

Admission Process



Objective Identify and foster a successor to SoftBank Group Representative Masayoshi Son
Venue SoftBank Group Corp.
(Tokyo Shiodome Bldg. 1-9-1 Higashi-shimbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Class day Wednesday (starting at 6:00pm), Number of classes:once or twice two-three monthes
Curriculum (as of 2017) Presentation program with subjects based on business challenge of SoftBank Group, management simulation games, self-motivating study sessions conducted by Addademia students.
Tuition free (students pay their own travel expenses)


Message from Director

With firm resolven and the aspiration to make people happy through the Information Revolution

We are seeking highly motivated and qualified leaders.

In a new era where all industries will be redefined, the SoftBank Group is forging a path forward on a global scale.
To expand our business operations with AI, IoT and smart robotics positioned as key technologies, we acquired Arm, a giant in the semiconductor industry, and also announced an agreement to acquire Boston Dynamics, a pioneer in robotics. In 2017 the SoftBank Vision Fund launched with an unprecedented committed capital of JPY 10 trillion. And SoftBank Group's net profit exceeded JPY 1 trillion.

Fumihiro Aono
Director, SoftBank Academia Secretariat

Singularity is already right before us.
In the era of major societal shifts, the SoftBank Group is seeking next-generation leaders who will usher in the next stage of the Information Revolution, just as Ryoma Sakamoto, a historical figure who lived in the twilight years of shogunate rule, attracted and led his band of comrades.
SoftBank Academia is nothing short of a forum and occasion to find and develop leaders for that purpose.

Those who have high aspirations and identify with our vision of “Information Revolution — Happiness for everyone” are welcome to apply.

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October 22, 2015 Special Lecture on Strategy (3rd session)  Secrets of Overcoming Crises
September 2, 2011 Special Lecture on Strategy Secrets of Overcoming Crises
September 28, 2010 Special Lecture on Strategy Secrets of Decision Making
July 28, 2010
Special Lecture on Strategy at Opening Ceremony Mr. Son's Art of War
SoftBank Next 30-Year Vision