Female entrepreneur school in Kagoshima accepting participants for its third phase

PUBLISHED Mar 7, 2023

The course of Female Entrepreneurship 360 Project

KCL, a human resource development and training company, will begin the third phase of its “Female Entrepreneurship 360 Project” in April, combining an entrepreneurship development school and a shared kitchen.

The company launched the two-year business coaching school last April at the co-working space HITTOBE and other venues. Participants take a 10-session course on business planning, including financial and taxation procedures, menu development, and other subjects, and then spend about a year and a half gaining experience at an actual restaurant while learning business management.

Last September, Kitchen 360, a shared kitchen outlet, opened in the second-floor food court of Yocado Kagoshima. Currently, seven women in their 20s to 60s who participated in the first phase of the program are operating the business. They are learning business management, marketing, and digital utilization through practice, aiming to open their own business in the spring of 2024, such as a home business, online retailing, or a food truck.

In the third phase, the course will run from April to October, followed by practical management experience at Kitchen 360 and engaging in restaurant operations. The program is targeted at women who want to start their own businesses in the food and beverage industry, including students who wish to gain experience in management and those who are thinking of doing it as a side business. Participants can also be from established restaurants considering opening a second outlet or requiring their female employees to gain management experience. Men may also participate in the course, provided they are enrolled as a partner.

Tuition for two years is 275,000 yen for a regular course, 165,000 yen for experienced business owners, and 330,000 yen for a couple.

Emiko Nakagawa, president of KCL, said: “Most of our participants want to launch a business, but they don’t know where to start. If you are at all interested, we hope to see you at the orientation session. We also welcome people who want to try starting their own business while continuing their day job.” The company plans to open courses in fields other than food and beverage in the fall.

Orientation sessions will run until March 31 at HITTOBE. The hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (consult availability). Saturday, Sunday, and holidays are negotiable.

  • The food business management course

  • Kitchen 360 opened last September