2019.03.25 Release

ExaWizards, an AI start-up, introduces a support program for PhD education.

ExaWizards, an AI start-up, introduces a support program for PhD education.

– Aiming to develop human resources with greater technology and domain expertise –


ExaWizards Inc. (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Representative Director & President: Ko Ishiyama, hereafter “ExaWizards”) has launched a support program for PhD education to encourage employees to conduct research actively in a doctoral course.


This program covers research areas related to our mission: “ExaWizards solves social issues using AI and creates a happy society,” and aims to implement solutions to social issues in society quickly using AI, by adding cutting-edge knowledge gained through research at university to the experience of facing opinions and issues in daily practice through our business.


Overview of the support program for PhD education

  • Research area: “ExaWizards solves social issues using AI and creates a happy society”
  • Target persons: ExaWizards’ full-time employees, contract employees, executive officers and part-timers who work at least 20 hours per week

(*For a target person who has not joined our company, this program will apply after joining the company.)

  • Details of support: Provision of tuition assistance until graduation (entrance fee, course fee, etc. up to a total of 2 million yen)
  • Working style: The program applies to research at university for one weekday per week in addition to research while working towards a doctoral degree.
  • Number of people to be admitted for FY 2019: Several


Advantages of the support program for PhD education

Mr. Furuya, the founder of “ExaIntelligence” which was the predecessor of ExaWizards, is currently on the doctoral program in the Graduate School of Informatics, Kyoto University, while working as a fellow in our company. As exemplified by his case, the combination of research at university and social implementation through business helps to accelerate solving social issues using AI. We wish to strengthen these efforts in the future.


We consider that this program offers advantages for the target people, the company and universities. The target people can secure a place to review their own research by conducting research while still belonging to the workplace. Universities can accelerate their research through collaboration with companies which have abundant data and research funding. And the company can immediately apply the latest research results to business in the field of AI research which is advancing very quickly, and thus accelerate both research and business through industry-academia collaboration and quickly implement research results in society.


By establishing this program which has few precedents as a start-up, we will realize the rapid growth of employees, services and products while ensuring high quality.


[Profile of ExaWizards Inc.]

Company name: ExaWizards Inc.

Address: 5F, Sumitomo Hamamatsucho Bldg., Hamamatsu-cho 1-18-16, Minato-ku, Tokyo

Founded: February 2016

Representative: Representative Director & President: Ko Ishiyama

Business: Development of AI-enabled services for industrial innovation and solving social problems

URL: https://exawizards.com/