Kwanpen Postgraduate Summer Venture Award

Scholarship to work on your own startup during the May-Aug vacation


The Kwanpen Postgraduate Summer Venture award aims to provide financial support for student entrepreneurs during the May vacation so that they can focus on their start-up ventures instead of seeking paying internships. Successful candidates will be awarded a cash grant of $3,500 and are required to work on their ventures full-time for a 10-week period during the months of May to August. All shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Donor and/or his representatives. 



  • Applicants should be a matriculated SMU postgraduate at the time of application AND participation in the programme. Inbound Exchange Students from foreign universities studying at SMU are not eligible for the award
  • Applicants should be students who have their own venture i.e. applicants shall be the owner, founder or co-founder of the business/start-up 
  • Applicants should be committed to work on their ventures full-time for a 10-week period during the months of May to August


Mechanics of Award

  • Awarded to the individual 
  • Individual will be matched with a mentor from IIE’s network of mentors comprising industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs
  • Milestones to be set with identified mentors 
  • First 50% tranche upon finalisation of milestones, and second 50% tranche upon completion of milestones



  • Application period closes on 28 February 
  • Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Donor / his representatives in mid April
  • Successful candidates will be informed by end April



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