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EO Bridges

I joined the entrepreneur network EO (Entreprenuers’ Organization) in June, and just recently experienced the “forum”, which is said to be the killer content of EO. EO has very strict information confidentiality rules, so we were able to share deep stories that could not be shared outside the forum, and it was a very fresh and exciting experience. There are also monthly meetings and annual chapter retreats, which give us the opportunity to interact with many entrepreneurs, but this time I will write about the lesser-known global aspect of EO.

In fact, EO is a huge global network that connects 14,000 entrepreneurs in 60 countries around the world, and has a culture of working hard to learn and help each other rather than a network of entrepreneurs and CEOs for sales and solicitation purposes. Since SOPHOLA’s business also involves with global partners on a daily basis, I have been searching for ways to create contact points with global entrepreneurs from the beginning. In the meantime, I got advice from an EO member, contacted the admins of EO Global, and learned how to connect with nearly 8,000 domestic and foreign entrepreneurs with Slack (online communication tool) called “EO Bridges”. Almost every day, many entrepreneurs actively introduce themselves and share and discuss collaborative opportunities and various topics. Because of the iron rules (information confidentiality rules) and culture mentioned above, I feel that it is a very valuable tool because I can share information with peace of mind and talk deeply with confidence. We are currently talking about collaborating with an US company that I met there, and we hope to continue to make good use of it.

If you are an entrepreneur who is unable to travel abroad due to Covid’s situation or is looking for a way to network with overseas entrepreneurs, please contact your nearest E0 chapter. Premise It is important to be actively involved in the community, but it may be a useful opportunity not only for self-growth but also for literally expanding the world!

Masaki “Mark” Iino
Founder and CEO
PS: The photo was taken when his family first traveled to Miyakojima. We really enjoyed the time there:)