Joichi Ito

Founder -- Neoteny -- Japan

Joichi Ito is an entrepreneur with a calling: to nurture risk-takers who will help build Japan's Internet economy. Last December, he launched Neoteny, Japan's first self-financed incubator for Web and e-commerce ventures. It seeds fledgling ideas and helps budding entrepreneurs develop business plans and get financing from the big guys. Neoteny hopes to create success stories that will, in turn, fund new ventures along the way. "We're going to need lots and lots of entrepreneurs to rebuild Japan," says Ito, 34. "With my experience and support, I can help."

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