Wanted: a Successor! Apply now for the SoftBank Academia program starting April 2017

We are no longer accepting applications for the SoftBank Academia program for 2017. 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 monthes
Curriculum (as of 2016) 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 who take on new challenges and identify with our vision to make people happy through the Information Revolution.

With the coming paradigm shift to AI, Smart Robotics and IoT, the era of Singularity—in which super intelligence will surpass the human brain—is inevitable.

Fumihiro Aono
Director, SoftBank Academia Secretariat

The SoftBank Group, under the leadership of Masayoshi Son, has continued to evolve by seizing all available opportunities. At some point in the future, Masayoshi Son will pass on the torch. So SoftBank Academia will continue to look for potential successors and nurture them.

As demonstrated by the acquisition of ARM and the announcement of the SoftBank Vision Fund (tentative name), the SoftBank Group never ceases to challenge itself. To become a company that will keep growing for 300 years, we are seeking SoftBank Academia applicants from both inside and outside the Group. Those who have high aspirations and identify with our vision, “Information Revolution — Happiness for everyone”, are welcome to apply.

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Open Lecture Archive

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