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Kajima Book Prize

Embrace your inner Resilient Rockstar and clinch the Inaugural Kajima Book Prize in Innovation!

The Kajima Book Prize in Innovation seeks to recognize and celebrate graduating SMU undergraduate students who have displayed resilience, adaptability and creativity during their university journey. It is the only SMU Book Prize that shifts the focus to celebrating self-motivated students who have embodied a pioneering spirit, boldly confronted challenges, and most importantly, exhibited abilities to adapt and overcome setbacks in a culture of change. 

2 recipients of this prestigious award will receive a S$5,000 cash prize each and an exclusive opportunity to meet and greet with Executives from Kajima Development. 



  • The award is open to all graduating SMU undergraduate students (currently in their final year) who have demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial mindset and attributes such as resilience, self-motivation, creativity and courage.
  • Have participated in innovation & entrepreneurship (I&E) activities, including but not limited to:
    • SMU IIE programs (as exco, member, volunteer, attendee or in any capacities):
      • Protégé Ventures (PV)
      • Global Innovations Immersion (GII)
      • Business Innovations Generator (BIG)
      • The Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Competition (LKYGBPC)
      • The Greenhouse
    • Other I&E activities:
      • I&E clubs
      • Hackathons
      • Internships in I&E sectors
      • Took I&E courses
      • Attended I&E events


Mechanics of Award

  • Up to two awards of S$5,000 value each, will be awarded to deserving students each year.


Timeline (Details to be confirmed)

  • Application period opens from 1 April 2024 to 12 May 2024.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by a panel in June 2024.


How to Apply

Fill in the application form HERE! or visit

Or scan the QR Code below:

QR Code for Kajima Book Prize Application

All submissions must be received by 12 May 2024 (Sunday) to be considered for the award. Late submissions will not be accepted.


Any further questions? Write to us at iie [at]!


Know any eligible students to nominate for The Kajima Book Prize in Innovation?

All SMU faculty, staff and students are invited to submit nominations for this award. Nominators must fill up the online nomination form and provide strong supporting reasons. Nominees will be informed of their nominations and who nominated them. 

Please note that nominees MUST be graduating students (currently in their final year).  


Is there a limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit?

There is no limit to the number of nominations an individual can submit. Plus, it'll take no more than 5 minutes of your time! We encourage nominators to recognize as many deserving students as possible. 


How to Nominate

Submit your nominations HERE! or visit by 3 May 2024 (Friday).

Or scan the QR Code below:

Nomination Form for Kajima Book Prize


About Kajima Development Pte Ltd

Kajima logo

Kajima Development Pte Ltd is a Singapore-based real estate developer with business interest across the Southeast Asia region. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kajima Corporation – one of the oldest and largest construction companies in Japan. Kajima’s brand-new regional headquarters and open innovation hub, The GEAR, was inaugurated in August 2023 at Changi Business Park to adopt open innovation, conduct R&D on advanced built environment technologies, and testbed solutions for the sector.

For more info on Kajima, visit


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