The SMU-PEELI Entrepreneurship Programme is jointly organized by IIE and the Jiangsu Tao Shing Pee Education Foundation (Tao Foundation). The Tao Foundation was founded and funded by famous Singapore entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr Tao Shing Pee, and his wife, Mdm Liu Kwan Li, to connect Singapore and China students together in the entrepreneurship community. The Tao Foundation also provides bursaries to needy Chinese undergraduates, known as “Tao Students”.

Each year, the SMU-PEELI Entrepreneurship Programme equips 60 Tao Students with the financial support and skills to create start-ups that can transform their rural hometowns. 10-15 selected SMU students travel to China and share their entrepreneurial skills with other fellow Tao students, visit incubation and startup centres, as well as learn more about the China entrepreneurship ecosystem.

In exchange, the Tao students from China will also visit Singapore and experience learning in SMU from top academics and practitioners. On top of that, they will also participate in a business plan competition, and visit different incubation and startup centres.

Programme Overview



Part I: Cultural & Innovation Immersion 

SMU students will interact with 60 Tao students in China through team building activities organized by the Tao Foundation. During the 1 week trip, students will  visit unicorn start-ups such as Tencent and Alibaba. They will also be able to experience the widespread adoption of advanced technology such as cashless payments.


Part II: Entrepreneurship Acceleration

The 60 Tao Students will be hosted in Singapore for 4 weeks, where students will learn innovation & entrepreneurship through discussion with peers and instructors and case studies taught by our instructors. Interact with practitioners at fireside chats and visit local startup companies and present business ideas in the SMU-PEELI Business Plan Competition and stand to gain entry into IIE’s incubation program.

*Programme actitivities are indicative and will be finalised on a later date.


Why Apply?

By joining this programme, you will be able to:

  • Learn the process of starting a company
  • Appreciate the cultural diversity, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in China
  • Expand your personal and professional network in China.

Applications for the 2018 run of the programme have closed. Keep a look out for the next run of our SMU PEELI Rural Entrepreneurship Programme.


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