inochi Gakusei
Innovators' Program

Solving Healthcare Challenges by Us

This program is the healthcare Problem-Solving program.

This program has been condycted for about six month with teams consisting of 2-4 Japanese Junior and Senior High School students creating the whole new solution.

Program Flow

  • Selection Interview and Forming a team

    2-4 Junior and Senior High School students per a team who passed the selection interview can join this program.

    Each team will have dedicated university students and tacle the problem with advices from specialists.

  • Learn

    Participants will take lectures of the issue we tackle and the way to create bliliant ideas called Design Thinking.

    During lectures, we will have workshops to conduct the program in more practical way.

  • Research

    Participants will have interviews against stakeholders to understand the issues of people involved in and set the issue to work on.

  • Prototype

    Participants will make a prototype after creating the solution can solve the issue.

    In this step, specialists and companies will join and make the authentic prototype and have experiments.

  • Presentation

    Every year, many participants take their first steps as entrepreneurs in the field of healthcare.

  • Toward social implementation

    We will be provided Individual support to participants who wish to continue working toward the realization of their ideas after participating this program.

    * Please note that the schedule may be flexible to change depending on the year and region.

Every year, many participants take their first steps as entrepreneurs in the field of healthcare.


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Previews of Previous Events



2019年 最先端施設見学 KANSAI(会場:大阪大学大学院医学系研究科 心臓血管外科学教室)

2019年 宇宙医療ハッカソン KANSAI/KANTO


2019年 inochi Gakusei Mirai Forum (会場:堂島リバーフォーラム)



Solutions Devised in the Projects Before

We'll show some solutions to healthcare issues students have devised in the projects so far.

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Countries participated


Students completed the program


Created ideas


Comments of Past Participants

  • Participant in 2019. Aiko Hashizume

    Participant in 2019.

    Aiko Hashizume

    I decided to participate in this project just because I was interested in the medical field. However, while I thought out solutions, I realized that even high school students with no medical knowledge could save someone's life, and I tackled the problems with all my might, which was unimaginable when I first joined the project. More than anything, in the inochi Mirai Forum, I was really impressed to meet students who desire to change the society. Even after the program, the presentation skills and problem-solving process that I learned during the project are still very useful in my high school life. With the support of mentors and many people from companies and the general public, you can make great friends and gain a lot of experiences that you couldn't have as an ordinary high school student. I believe this project will be a fulfilling experience for junior and senior high school students whether or not they are interested in medical field.

  • Participant in 2016 Yutaro Tanaka

    Participant in 2016

    Columbia Engineering

    Yutaro Tanaka

    I participated in i-GIP KANSAI 2016 when I was a freshman of high school. Last year, I was involved as a sub-mentor in the i-GIP held in KANTO for the first time, and in 2020, I worked a little as an Overseas Director.
    When I participated in 'inochi' as a first-year high school student, I had my heart set on entering a medical school in Japan and eventually becoming a clinical doctor. However, I changed my mind completely after I joined in this project.
    I admired professors who are involved in medicine in various ways and are active on the front lines, as well as university student mentors who have already taken on the challenge of solving medical issues. I came to strongly think that I would like to be able to bring about medical innovation not from a clinical perspective, but from an engineering and technology science perspective. Since then, I began to consider going to a university in the U.S., where a lot of research are actively done on medical applications of engineering such as bioengineering. Fortunately, I was able to enter one.
    All those things roots in the experiences of taking part in 'inochi', greeting and being inspired by many people.

  • Particitant in 2016 Toui Nishikawa

    Particitant in 2016

    Wakayama Medical University

    Toui Nishikawa

    The inochi Gakusei Innovators' Program is seriously aiming to change the world in the healthcare field. Therefore, with the great support of experts and university students, a full educational program was prepared about design thinking, how to implement ideas, and even how to make presentations. As a result, we high school students were able to engage in activities such as company negotiations and interviews, which helped us grow greatly.
    After entering the university, I was involved in the management of the organization. The management skills were as good as those of professionals, and I could not believe that it was a student organization. Experiences on the management side inspired and helped me in my later activities. It is not an exaggeration to say that I am now able to receive awards in other projects and conduct research on AI thanks to this organization.
    It's true this is a tough contest that requires a high level of execution, but at the same time, it's an attractive and interesting place to learn about stepping out into the world. Please don't miss out on this great opportunity.

  • Participant in 2018 Hina Kotoura

    Participant in 2018

    Faculty of medicine, Osaka city University

    Hina Kotoura

    It is not easy to realize a plan from scrach with no knowledge. You need to take the initiative and take action. However, the hard work will lead to your own growth and contribution to society. In addition, I made precious friends with the other participants in our friendly rivalry relationship. We not only had casual conversations but also passionately discussed about our respective dreams and the future we want to create .
    My worldview completely changed when I got serious about solving health care issues. The theme of the year I joined was suicide. Whenever we encountered difficulties, we returned to the issues we had found based on interviews and evidence, and continued to challenge the unanswerable questions of how to reduce suicide and how to make life easier for people.
    After participating in 'inochi', my desire to learn about life, death, and human life was strengthened, and I wanted to be like the university students at medical schools who always gave me advice and guidance. There is a world waiting for you, a world that can only be seen by those who have run through five months with the desire to save lives!

Past works