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A day in the life of Dennis Ye at Reality Detector

I still look back with great fondness of time I spent doing my MBA summer internship at the Gates Foundation. Working at the Health, Innovation and Partnerships team, I was immersed in research and development and deep technology. Internships to…

Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) - Clewyn P

Clewyn is the Co-founder of UglyGood, a social enterprise that specialises in B2B organic waste recycling by transforming food waste into valuable resources and products such as animal feed, natural cleaners and essential oils. UglyGood was…

Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) - Yong Sheng Le

A former startup founder-turned-VC-turned government officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Sheng Le has unique insights and knowledge in the entrepreneur & innovation space. His wealth of experience and career progress serves as an…

A day in the life of Desirene Neo at Workstream

​The decision that changed the course of my life I was a semester away from graduating and being thrown into the corporate world when I chanced upon the GII program. I jumped at the opportunity and landed myself in a marketing internship with a…

Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) - Leon Qiu

Leon Qiu is the founder of Daung Capital, a financial service provider empowering the working class of Myanmar. Daung Capital was one of SMU IIE's incubatees and was acquired by GET All Myanmar early this year and Leon currently acts as its CEO.…

Want a Resilient City? Start by Building a Resilient Business

"Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records" - William Arthur Ward. Human civilisation has gone through many disasters since the beginning of time - Black Death, Spanish Flu, Ebola and the list goes on. It is nature's way of…

Startup Feature - Jomingo

The idea started in Cuba. As an avid traveler, Jun took a trip to Cayo Coco in search of an amazing native colony of pink flamingos. roaming next to pristine beaches and turquoise water. While perspiring in the heat, a rash appeared on her…

What could we learn from China’s National AI Team (国家队) Strategy

The notion of a national team is usually associated with sports teams representing the nation on the global stage for a shot at glory. These days, with Artificial Intelligence (AI) developments all the rage, nations are creating national teams for…

An Interview with Randy Tan (CEO & Founder, Red Dot Paymemt)

  Randy Tan of Red Dot Payment is a self-made man. A graduate of Singapore Management University, he spent the majority of his corporate career in the financial sector, calling financial giants such as Citibank and Visa his previous learning…

Global Innovation Immersion (GII) - China

China. What comes to mind when one thinks of China are Great Walls, tradition, culture and history. While that is certainly in abundance in China, what many seem to not realise is the tech ecosystem in China is a thriving and booming economy.…

Global Innovation Immersion (GII) - USA

The Global Innovation Immersion (GII) programme was developed by Singapore Management University Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to give students at SMU a chance to have a different internship experience than the norm. Aiming to equip…

Global Innovation Immersion (GII) - Thailand

First things first, what is Global Innovation Immersion (GII)? The Global Innovation Immersion (GII) programme is a 3-month overseas internship programme developed by the Singapore Management University Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship…

SMU-PEELI Rural Entrepreneurship Programme 2019

China is thriving with a host of opportunities in a myriad of industries, and is now one of the largest and fastest growing economies in the world. Keen to develop your entrepreneurial thinking and broaden your horizons? Looking for an opportunity…

A Solution to Food Waste - An Interview with Treedots

“By 2050, there will be over 10 billion people living on the planet. We will need to increase production capacity by around 60% to feed everyone on the globe, and we believe innovation is very much a solution,” - Mark Van Binsbergen, CEO, Rabobank…

Pushing the Boundaries - An interview with Vera Sun of KpopKart

Let’s start this off with some data. According to Techcrunch, only 17% of startups in 2017 have a female founder. Similarly, a study conducted by the Boston Consulting Group and MassChallenge showed that venture capital investment to startups with…

Breaking the cycle of poverty with Daung Capital

What is the cycle of poverty? It is defined as a cycle where families living in poverty remain impoverished for more than 3 generations. This cycle begins when a child is born into a poor family whose parents do not have the ability or resources…

Startup Feature - Workstream

Compare successful founders; what do they have in common? It might be wishful thinking, wanting the secret to success, but unfortunately, it is an instinct that can’t be trained. You either have it or you don’t, it’s the spark and this spark is…

Our Startup Success Stories

Here are some of our entrepreneurs who've already set their gears in motion even before they're out of school! They have proven that they do not hesitate in the face of uncertainty even though entrepreneurship comes with many challenges. Find out…

Can Blockchain Impact the Environment? SMU Blockchain Club Sheds Some Light

Can blockchain technology truly impact climate action and socially responsible practices for the greater good, or is just marketing spiel by industry insiders hoping to put a positive spin on the tech? We speak to SMU Blockchain Club member and SMU…

Our startup, Cudy, raises seed round

  Congratulations to our start-up, Cudy! They have recently announced an undisclosed “six-figure” seed funding round, and plans to use the new funding to launch new services, develop their back-end technology, and support go-to-market initiatives…

Lean LaunchPad Final Presentation Day

Held at SMU on 21 May, the Lean LaunchPad (LLP) Final Presentation Day was filled with new and innovative ideas aimed at solving real world challenges. 12 teams had presented their research on a wide range of technologies under the ICT and…

UEH launches Innovation Hub in partnership with SMU IIE

Ho Chi Minh City, 17 April 2019 (Wednesday) – To support entrepreneurial students and start-ups based in Singapore and Vietnam and connect them to new networks, partners, and overseas markets, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH), in…

Our BIG Founders, an interview with Jeremy Low of OMNA

Entrepreneurs are a curious breed of people. Taking risks where others play it safe, seeing solutions to problems where others see the status quo. We sit down with Jeremy Low, the founder of OMNA, as he dissects the entrepreneurial spirit and what…

SMU to set up Global Centres in ASEAN cities, and expand Global Innovation Immersion Programme

Our flagship programme, Global Innovation Immersion, has been featured recently in Lian He Zao Bao. Since 2015, the Global Innovation Immersion programme has sent 136 students to 67 participating cities in 11 countries. Some of the cities which…

Nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit - a Straits Times interview with our Director, Mr Hau Koh Foo

We've been featured in the Straits Times recently on the article 'Nurturing the entrepeneurial spirit'.  Here're the key takeaways from our director, Mr Hau Koh Foo, on the factors driving would-be young entrepreneurs: 1. The wealth of…

Inaugural Case Competition hones the skills of budding Venture Capitalists

Southeast Asia’s first case competition focused on venture capital held its final at SMU Campus on 22 December 2018. Organised by the Asia Private Equity Club @ SMU (APECS), an interest club for students to learn about the private equity and…

Conversations with Lim Siong Guan

Co-organised with Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore (HUAAS) on 19 November 2018, SMU had the opportunity to host Mr Lim Siong Guan to speak and share about his latest book.

Entrepreneurship Lessons from James McBride

Notes from Find out how to take a hotel nobody ever heard of, in a place nobody ever heard of, and turn it into the #1 Hotel in The World   Recognised in 2017 as “One to Watch” by Bloomberg Businessweek’s Bloomberg 50 and awarded Independent…

MOU with Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park (SSCIP)

IIE signed an MOU with the Singapore-Sichuan Hi-Tech Innovation Park (SSCIP) at the 19th Singapore-Sichuan Trade and Investment Committee (SSTIC) meeting in Chengdu on 14 Sep 2018.  SSCIP and IIE intend to work together to…

IIE-QBO Signs Partnership at SWITCH 2018

  Singapore Management University, through its Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), and QBO, an innovation hub dedicated to developing a globally competitive startup ecosystem in the Philippines, have today signed a Memorandum…

Global Innovation Immersion: My experience in the Philippines

This article is contributed by Lee Kong Chian School of Business student Alicia Teo.   As part of SMU’s Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE)'s Global Innovation Immersion (GII) programme -  I was able to spend…

Founders Sharing by Red Dot Payment

Mr. Randy Tan, Founder of Red Dot Payment recently visited SMU in September to share about his startup journey, particularly the fundraising aspects with IIE's BIG founders.   Randy created Red Dot Payment and is one of IIE's incubated…

Startup Global Programme - Calls For Applications!

Garage+, Asia’s largest zero-equity incubator supported by the key players in the global supply chain, just kicked off the 7th batch of Startup Global Program (SGP). Application is open for growth-stage startups in AI & Big Data, IoT…

SMU Blockchain Club Event Launch #GenesisNight

Founded by a group of students in SMU, SMU Blockchain Club (SMUB) is the latest addition to the student clubs that Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) manages

RISE Conference 2018 through the Eyes of 6 SMU Students

This article is contributed by SMU students - Ron Mak, Timothy Lim, Yong Zhu Cheng, Han Yuding, Alicia Teo, Marcus Seah, who attended RISE Conference in Hong Kong.   While Hong Kong is widely-known for its unique cuisine and towering…

Carblicity puts a spin on transit advertising

While running his previous start-up, Endru looked into advertising on taxis—a sight often seen in Singapore. To his surprise, taxi firms were charging unaffordable amounts that he could not afford. While he was not able to advertise his services,…

PAK Challenge 2018

On 22 June 2018, SMU Eagles Inc organized the 3rd PAK Challenge 2018 that serves to help aspiring entrepreneurs make their start-up dreams a reality. The event was successfully concluded with 5 teams walking away with a total of $50,000 to further…

Reflections on Innovation Ecosystems: My Journey from Theory Research to USD26 Billion

Join us for a talk by Professor Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli from the University of California, Berkeley.

SMU Lee Kong Chian School Of Business Ranks Top 48 Worldwide In Its Inaugural Participation In The Financial Times Global MBA Rankings 2018

SMU LKCSB, the only business univiersity in singapore to be ranked top 48 in the FT Global MBA Rankings 2018.

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Recruitment for the Young Creative Academy is now open!

Students selected to attend the Academy will receive a 3-day pass (worth SGD$305) to Spikes Asia Festival of Creativity in Singapore with flight and accommodation fully paid-for.

Moovaz Raises US$1 Million Seed Round

The logistics industry is shaping up to be a key driver in the fourth industrial revolution with the industry reaching a cumulative value of US $14.4 billion. Even with the rise of logistics startups, the co-founder and CEO, Lee Junxian started…

EdTech startup Cudy takes a new spin on tuition classes

Cudy aims to provide a platform that not only provides quality educational content online, but also connecting passionate tutors to students from around the world, regardless of physical boundaries. By leveraging technology and the internet, they…

Treedots - The Fight for Less Wastage - From Waste to Treasure

Treedot's mission is to minimise the amount of food waste starting with Singapore, and eventually the World through a self-sustaining ecosystem via their aggregation of F&B businesses on different points of the value chain within TreeDots to…

blu: Here to Revolutionise Retail Logistics

blu is one of Singapore’s largest networks of automated parcel terminals. It is currently the second largest automated self-collection network in Singapore. Combining technology and automation, it is the saving grace for retailers—providing an…

Flying Chalks, the Startup that will change the experience of studying abroad

Image credits: Flying Chalks team in SMU Business Innovations Generator (BIG) With a mission to enhance the study abroad experience of international students worldwide, Flying Chalks was conceived by Melvin, who had difficulties with his…

Is there such a thing as delicious healthy snacks? Local startup, Amazin’ Graze, brings granolas to a whole new level.

Hayden Leow, an SMU alumni of 2015, is a familiar face in the entrepreneurial community.  After dabbling in various startups, he co-founded DingGo, a mobile application to notify users of nearby deals on food, beverage, and entertainment. Today…

Looking for the perfect watch? Look no further – SMU student entrepreneur brings watch customization to the next level.

Today, Schaffen Watches is a successful start-up which sells customised watches; have sold over 300 uniquely customised watches all over the world. To better understand his success, we interviewed Nicholas about the gripes and difficulties he faced…

Journey of Two SMU Student Entrepreneurs

In a recent interview with MoneyFM 89.3, SMU student entrepreneurs who are incubated by Business Innovations Generator (BIG) - Nicholas Han, Co-Founder of Schaffen Watches and Kevin Toh, Co-Founder and CEO of Hatchme shared their experience of how…

From Investor to Entrepreneur: Aaron Tan Shares His Six Tips for Success

On 23rd Jan 2018, IIE welcomed Aaron Tan, CEO of Carro for a fireside chat as part of our first summer programmes info session for the year.

Channel NewsAsia interview featuring our incubatee, UglyGood!

Here's an interview featuring our incubatee, UglyGood. UglyGood is a startup that recycles and upcycles organic waste into quality products, with the goal of building a more sustainable economy.

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Competition 2017 - Fireside Chat and Grand Finals

Let's look back on Fireside Chat with David Su and Michael Seibel, as well as all the 6 finalists teams who presented their great business ideas to our grand finals judges!

SMU-INTELLLEX Legal Tech Workshop 2017

INTELLLEX will also be conducting a briefing titled “Exploring Tech and Internships with Legal Tech Startups” for those who are interested to join them as an intern in December 2017.

Queen's University Of Canada Wins The Grand Prize Of $100,000 At The 9th Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

The 9th Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, organised by Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), drew to a close today with an Awards Presentation Ceremony held at the Fairmont Hotel.…

Schaffen Watches - 联合早报 Zaobao's interview with Nicholas Han & Jonathan Han!

联合早报 Zaobao's interview of brothers, Nicholas and Jonathan Han who run an online retail startup that customises timepieces has been published on 21 June 2017

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition Student Venture Capital Associate Programm

After running this 3-month programme which started in late February, we have finally chosen the winners after the programme ended yesterday, Monday, 12th June. 33- students from SMU, NTU, NUS and SUTD, 9 teams were competing…

OUTRAM SECONDARY SCHOOL AND ITE COLLEGE CENTRAL EMERGED AS WINNERS AT SMU’S YOUTH INNOVATION CHALLENGE

Singapore, 1 April 2017 (Saturday) – The fifth edition of the Youth Innovation Challenge, organised by the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at SMU (IIE), came to a successful conclusion today with Outram Secondary School and ITE…

The Second Beijing and Taiwan Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition

The Second Beijing and Taiwan Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition 2017 BTSC Second Beijing-Taiwan Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition - Strong Concentration of Projects We must discover young entrepreneurs who are…

Homage raises US$1.2M to provide on-demand caregiving to the elderly in Singapore.

Homage raises US$1.2M to provide on-demand caregiving to the elderly in Singapore. Homage, an online platform that provides on-demand caregiving solutions to the elderly in Singapore, has secured US$1.2 million in seed funding from US-…

Fireside Chat with Jason Portnoy: Adding by Subtracting

Let's look back on Fireside Chat with Jason Portnoy, currently managing partner of Oakhouse Partners and ex-VP of Finance at PayPal!

Singapore Airlines AppChallenge 2018

  Join Singapore Airlines on this journey to change the way we travel. You may be an early-stage startup founder or a developer rockstar, the AppChallenge is the right platform for you to showcase your most innovative solution to our…

Stint at marine firm charts his course in life

Stint at marine firm charts his course in life Mr Chean, an accountancy student and also a incubated startup with Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) at Singapore Management University (SMU) shares his personal experience and…

E-commerce businesses during Hari Raya celebrations hits big profits - Halal Dining Club featured on SURIA (BERITA, FOKUS)

Online sales during the Ramadan period was very rewarding for e-commerce business in the Southeast Asia Region. Singapore start-ups Akandatang.sg and Halal Dining Club benefited from this online demand during the Hari Raya festive season. …

Pop-up retail and shared office space in Singapore

With the rise of e-commerce, pop-up stores is becoming a popular option for blog shops, entrepreneurs & retailers to test their product by creating a new shopping experience for their customers.

Young Entrepreneur Empowers Children Regionally with Tech Literacy

SMU SIS undergraduate Jackson Kwa's start-up, TechSociety, is empowering children with critical tech survival skills.

Apps for food lovers

SMU School of Accountancy graduate Siddiq Poh’s start-up “Heartland Chefs” was featured in Channel 8 news. “Heartland Chefs” is a social enterprise platform for people to buy and sell home cooked food.

Entrepreneurship Immersion Programme at iMinds, Belgium

A group of 14 SMU students went to Belgium and completed a one-week entrepreneurial bootcamp course at iMinds. The students also went on a one-day tour of Ghent upon arrival.

Proposal for online platform that assigns caretakers to the elderly bags $50,000 prize

Current IIE startup, Mr Tong Nhat Duong from Team Homage won $50,000 in a recent research innovation, "Create4Good Challenge" comprising of four SMU students from Singapore University of Technology and Design…

Business Study Mission - Silicon Valley

Led by Singapore Management University’s entrepreneur in-residence – Professor Virginia Cha, MGMT 321 – Business Study Mission: Silicon Valley brought students and uprising start-ups from different industries in Silicon Valley together. 

Singapore apartment rental platform MetroResidences raises S$1 million seed funding

Another milestone for Lester Kang of MetroResidences, an online platform which lets individuals rent their apartments to corporate travellers has raised S$1 million in seed funding.

Get your artisanal caffeine fix home delivered

Hook Coffee, an online coffee startup had recently secured a $50,000 ACE Startups Grant from Spring Singapore.  SMU Alumni co-founders Mr Ernest Ting and Ms Faye Sit was recently interviewed by the Sunday Times on their…

Business Study Mission - Atlanta

Led by SMU’s Entrepreneur-in Residence Dr. Virginia Cha, BSM Atlanta brought SMU students and Atlanta’s hottest startups together. 

A star was born - Couper sets to make a mark on the world stage

Couper a platform that helps mobile games monetize non-paying users with in-app marketplace purchases and mini reward games. A current SMU Business Innovations Generator (BIG) incubating startup, co-founded by Jimmy Lui & Narmeet Singh.…

Unis to offer more stints with start-ups overseas

Two local universities - Singapore Management University (SMU) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) - have introduced programmes over the past year to allow students to intern at start-ups overseas while taking classes at partner educational…

Exploring Potential Collaboration, Gengdan Institute of Beijing University of Technology & IIE

Among present were Dean Gan (President Professor of Economics), Wenwei Lu (Dean, Department of Language/ Director, International Office/ Associate Professor, PhD, University of Oxford), Xiaoliang Ding (Professor, Dean Department of Thought and…

Visit by Norwegian Delegation to SMU

“ A Norwegian delegation headed up by Norway’s State Secretary for Trade, Industry and Fisheries Ms Dilek Ayhan visited the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship to understand its innovation and entrepreneurship eco system and to explore…

Brewing change in tea business

Teabox aims to be a changemaker in both its supply chain and the way it engages customers. BY PRISCA ANG

IIE Startup, Drivearn gets Grant from ACE Grant Scheme

One of SMU Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship start-up, Drivearn has been successfull in their application of the ACE grant.

Delegation Visit from Herzen University

Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) recently hosted a delegation from Herzen University represented by Vice-Rector, Professor Vladimir Laptev held at Singapore Management University on Thursday, 30 October 2014.

Migme buys LoveByte

Congratulations to co-founders of LoveByte, Steve Sng and Amelia Chen as they make headway in the mobile app scene for couples.

Go!Places, Wins Best Startup Silver Award at SiTF Awards 2014

Go!Places an IIE incubate, recently won the Silver Award for Best Startup in the prestigious SiTF Awards 2014. This recognition was awarded for their travel app Wotabout, funded by iJam grant hosted by MDA. 

SMU - St. Gallen Partnership Reaches New Milestone

A delegation visited SMU from St. Gallen. IIE made a presentation to the delegation on Innovation & Entrepreneurship activities at SMU.

Brave, Bootstrapped and Bold - The Singapore Entrepreneur

Calixto Tay Wei Kiat, our alumni entrepreneur has created a new startup Originally.US, after graduating from SMU IIE.

PandaBed incubated at SMU IIE had recently been featured in the Malaysian news, The Star online

Hosted stays and couch-surfing have changed the travel game, with an Asian start-up redefining the boundaries.

Aftershock PC

We were tired of working for others," said Mr Joe Wee, 30. So he quit his job in New Zealand two years ago to help his fraternal twin brother, Marcus, with Aftershock PC, a Singapore start-up selling customised gaming laptops.

Up and coming

Rick Tan and Jonathan Lim, who founded Innova Technology, met and became friends while studying at SMU.

Professor Michael Cardew-Hall from Australian National University Visited IIE

A professor from Austalian National University (ANU), Professor Michael Cardew-Hall visited Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship to better understand about IIE.

Creating a nation of innovators

A VETERAN innovator with more than 40 years of experience eteating and launching cutting-edge technologies, Professor Arcot Desai Narasimhalu teaches his students at Singapore Management University (SMU) innovation and …

IDA Labs Officially Open in Celebration with the Industry

IDA Labs, located at IDA's headquarters at Mapletree Business City and the National Design Centre (NDC) were officially opened today.

SMU IIE Startup, DoeMyanmar received funding from son of minister of Telco

SMU Institute of Innovation & entrepreneurship start-up, DoeMyanmar received funding US$100,000 from the son of Myanmar minister of Telco.

Startups and big firms lift innovation tie-ups

SMU Professor of Information Systems (Practice) and Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director Desai Arcot Narasimhalu said that the government “should reach out to the community at large to assure them there is value in entrepreneurial…

SMU IIE Startup, Bandwagon wins Shell LiveWIRE Singapore's Top Award

Music enthusiast Clarence Chen (27) has landed the coveted top award in the Shell LiveWIRE Singapore Awards 2013 with his live music gig finder, Bandwagon Pte Ltd.

SMU Russian Immersion Programme

A 24 member delegation comprising Venture Capitalists, University Presidents and Directors from Russia visited SMU and IIE on Nov 11th and 12th 2013. 

Smiles Betray Young Entrepreneurs' trials and tears

They had an idea, got funding from government...but then there were other obstacles. They want to do something on their own but at the time have this sense of duty to their parents.

SMU IIE StartUps, Go!Places won the Gold award for Interactive Ideas at the 2013 SiTF awards

Congratulations to Go!Places, for winning Gold Award for Interactive Ideas at the 2013 SiTF awards.

Do-good training Portal doing well

SMU startups, Kezaar, featured in The Straits Times.

Learn how this 19-year-old entrepreneur went straight from JC to selling 1,000 bags in a month!

Today, BOW is a successful online store which sells travel bags and accessories; with their recent $60 thousand dollar Kickstarter success on their flagship product “Quiver”. To better understand her success, we interviewed Mandy about the gripes…

GameMaki powers the fun for ACE Entrepreneurship Week, in collaboration with MoneyTree and Centsless

Gametize Pte Ltd has teamed up with MoneyTree Singapore and Centsless to launch a white label game app powered by GameMakiʼs gamification platform.

iPad 'tour guides' for visitors to S'pore

Tablet-rental company helps tourists make the most of their holidays here,

TickTok: Save time, queue smart

Imagine making a special trip all the way down to your favourite restaurant only to find yourself stuck in a horrendously long queue – or, even worse, to see a ‘closed’ sign.

Taking the innovation route to becoming an MNC

SMU Professor of Information Systems Desai Arcot Narasimhalu discussed the key reasons why some SMEs may find it challenging to grow and provided some insights on how SMEs can grow to become regional and global multinationals.

There's more than one layer to this cake venture

It is not uncommon for naysayers to be critical of best friends starting a business together.

Volunteering: It starts here and now

The founders of tech-social enterprise Start Now Volunteerism Advocacy, Ivan Chang and Keith Tan, built an integrated Internet portal that would enable non-profits to use technology to manage and communicate easily with volunteers through a…

Hello stranger, want to have a crazy picture taken?

SMU undergraduate Gay Zheng Cai is a co-owner of the photo booth service company Hello Stranger. 

Online platform to reach out to customers

Gspot, an online marketing platform which allows companies to propagate branding through the viral effect of social networks, is the brainchild of Team Galaktikos.

"Ambushing" commuters for a smile

Project Hello Stranger volunteers try to bring back the kampung spirit. Motorists and train commuters have recently been 'ambushed' by volunteers in a bid to make Singapore a friendlier and happier place.

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