Innovation Academy

Innovation Academy offers the SMU Entrepreneur Experience (SEE), which combines immersive educational programmes, mentorship, and incubation to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. The Innovation Academy also grooms up-and-coming Venture Capitalists (VCs) through Protégé Ventures, the first student venture fund in Southeast Asia – launched in August 2017.

Student Clubs

Student Clubs

IIE supports two interest clubs for the SMU student community: Eagles Inc. and the Asia Private Equity Club @ SMU (APECS).


Founders Workshop

Founders Workshop is a monthly, full-day hands-on workshop for current entrepreneurs to learn and apply practical know-how to their start-up. Learn from experts in the field on key aspects of managing a start-up and in-depth understanding of business building.

Open only to current and graduated SMU Business Innovations Generator (SMUBIG) companies.

Startup 101

Start Up 101 is a series of workshops that provides an introduction to entrepreneurship. Aspiring entrepreneurs can get a quick overview of what it takes to kick-start and build a business.

Global Innovation Immersion

The Global Innovation Immersion (GII) programme (formerly known as the Entrepreneurship Immersion Programme)  is one of IIE’s flagship programmes. It is designed to provide an experiential learning experience for students to expand their innovation network, as well as strengthen their entrepreneurial skill-sets in global innovation hotspots. Through an immersive experience in the various innovation ecosystems, GII hopes to develop students into future entrepreneurs,innovators and venture capitalists.

Asian Youth Entrepreneurship Programme

Organised by Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, the inaugural Asian Youth Entrepreneurship Programme (AYEP) brings together 8-10 students from around the region and 8 SMU students for a cross cultural learning & experiential programme developed around entrepreneurship.