Works Applications Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo; Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer: Masayuki Makino; hereinafter "WAP") in collaboration with Enrission Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto; Executive Director: Yusuke Kakimoto; hereinafter "Enrission"), is to jointly open the first overseas branch of Shirucafe (Knowledge Café) at Indian Institute of Technology*1 Hyderabad (hereinafter “IIT Hyderabad”) this spring.
Providing A Global Environment for Entrepreneurial Employees
Working environment is becoming more and more competitive as digitization connects the world into one. According to a research about students’ readiness to join the workforce conducted by Harris Interactive, while close to 50% of students believe that they are prepared for the workplace, only 39% of managers would agree, indicating a significant gap between the two groups.
Enrission was founded in order to fill in such gap by providing face-to-face interaction opportunities for students and working professionals through Shirucafe. This concept mashes well with one of WAP’s corporate philosophies; “To provide the best workplace for entrepreneurial workers”. In fact, the founder of Enrission is former employee of Works Applications.
By opening the first Shirucafe at IIT Hyderabad this spring, one of the world’s top technology universities, both companies hope to help developing young personnel that can lead the next generation, while promoting exchange between India and Japan.
As online job hunting becomes more popular, less number of students has experiences directly interacting with someone in the company they plan to work for. This in turn has resulted in increasing mismatches between students and companies. After graduating from WAP, Yusuke Kakimoto founded Enrission in order to solve the problem to broaden future possibilities of students throughout the world.
Shirucafes is bringing job hunting from online to offline. At Shirucafes, students can interact with working professionals from their freshman year in college, therefore helping them to build useful career viewpoints and make suitable career choices.
With a unique business model of providing the service for free to students and charging companies looking for talents, Shirucafe has expanded into 10 locations in just two years. More than 2,500 students are visiting Shirucafe every day.
List of Shirucafe locations
IndianInstituteof Technology Hyderabad, Universityof Tokyo, Osaka University, Kyoto University, Kobe University, Waseda University, Keio University, Doshisha University, Ritsumeikan University, Kansai University, Nagoya University, Kinki University
*1. Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is a collective group of 15 national universities in India specializing in engineering and science technology. IIT’s academic level is considered one of the top in the world. Data shows that 60% of the IT companies in Silicon Valley are comprised of IIT graduates.