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The Innovation Study Mission is a credited course that aims to develop our students’ innovation and entrepreneurial capabilities, as well as expose them to different innovation ecosystems globally. Typically, students are grouped into teams to work with an overseas startup and/or high-growth client on a co-defined problem statement through the term.

The course culminates in a 1-week study trip to a global innovation hotspot, where the students get to present their proposals to their client. Some of the countries our students have visited include USA, Belgium, China, India, South Korea.

In the process, students:

  • Gain deep understanding and insight to the startup ecosystem in the destination country.
  • Network with various innovative entities in the destination country.
  • Learn to apply their research to their own ventures IIE provides funding support for SMU students enrolled in approved Innovation Study Missions.

The support varies according to the country of visit and can be used to defray up to 70% of the flight and accommodation expenses. All SMU students are only entitled to be supported once by IIE for any Innovation Study Mission.

Please contact for inquiries.


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