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An Interview with Randy Tan (Reddot Pay)

  Randy Tan of Reddot Pay 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 grounds. By…

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…

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

Notes compiled by Tan Yi Long, Nathaniel Yim and Amelia Chen     Lim Siong Guan, Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore, Senior Fellow of the Singapore Civil Service College…

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…

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…

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…

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…

ASEAN-Korea Centre - Youth Contests

  The ASEAN-Korea Centre is an intergovernmental organization mandated to promote economic and socio-cultural cooperation between the ASEAN Member States and Korea. Currently, the Centre is hosting three youth contests both ASEAN and Korean…

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. Together, we are continuously seeking new ways that we can continue…

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

Professor Alberto Sangiovanni Vincentelli from the University of California, Berkeley, for a talk on “Reflections on Innovation Ecosystems: My Journey from Theory Research to USD26 Billion". I have had the fortune to experience several industrial…

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

Singapore, 3 July 2018 (Tuesday) – The Singapore Management University’s (SMU) Lee Kong Chian School of Business (LKCSB) has proven itself yet again to be home to one of the world’s best MBA programmes, according to the Financial…

Build A Global Startup Network With People Squared

  Speaker/Moderator Bob Zheng Founder & CEO of People Squared   People Squared (P2) is the leading coworking pioneer of China's coworking industry. Founded in 2010 as China's earliest coworking brand, P2 currently has over 40…

Recruitment for the Young Creative Academy is now open!

A combination of bespoke sessions led by industry experts with access to handpicked seminars from the main festival programme allow students to build essential creative skills during the intensive three-day programme. Taking place during Spikes…

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

When Alexander Lim, a freshman in SMU School of Information Systems (SIS), was in Junior College, he had trouble finding suitable tutors. Despite the $1.1 billion Tuition industry in Singapore, the industry is still primarily an offline…

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

Jiacai, one of the founders of Treedots, had always had the culture of not wasting food. THIS STEMS FROM HIS PARENT’S BELIEF THAT FOOD WAS SACRED AND SHOULD BE TREATED WITH RESPECT. But the experience that really opened his eyes was the movement…

blu: Here to Revolutionise Retail Logistics

blu has one of the largest parcel terminal networks in Singapore. These automated parcel terminals, called bluPorts, are strategically placed within consumers’ easy reach at prime locations like shopping malls, office buildings, convenience stores,…

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…

The Edge Singapore: Round A INvestor (RAIN) programme

The RAIN programme provides hands-on training for investors to learn the art of doing Pre-Series A to Series A Round funding of early-stage ventures.   This is a life-long programme, as alumni become part of the RAIN Club and will be able to…

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

Looking for the perfect watch? Look no further – SMU student entrepreneur brings watch customization to the next level. Built on reliable Swiss automatic movement, Schaffen Watches prides itself as a brand that customises unique and meaningful…

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. An SMU alumnus, Aaron was an Information Development Authority (IDA) scholar who joined Singtel Innov8…

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. We're proud of their efforts to help the…

SMU Real Business Weekend Hackathon

SMU Real Business Weekend is a 3-Day-2-Night 52-hour business pitching hackathon organized by SMU Real Business (SMURB), SIM Youth Entrepreneur Network (SIMYEN), and co-organised by SMU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE). SMU Real…

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

  Fireside Chat with David Su and Michael Seibel, moderated by Paul Santos, Manager Partner of Wavemaker Partners. Michael Seibel is a full-time partner and CEO of Y Combinator, which Fast Company has called “the world’s most powerful…

SMU-INTELLLEX Legal Tech Workshop 2017

  The ​legal ​industry ​is ​widely ​seen ​to ​be ​conservative ​and ​traditional. ​Practice ​methods ​and ​customer ​experience ​has ​barely ​changed…

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

Singapore, 14 September 2017 (Thursday) — 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…

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

  More about Schaffen Watches   The Han brothers, founders of Schaffen Watches, want to involve their customers in creating their own watches   Encountering some degree of scepticism is hardly unusual when one tries to…

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

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition Student Venture Capital Associate Programme 2017   After running this 3-month programme which started in late February, we have finally chosen the winners after the programme ended…

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…

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 Contest information: Preliminary | Online Review…

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

  Adding by Subtracting? Here’s What You Can Learn From Jason Portnoy, Former PayPal Executive On 15 Nov 2017, Jason Portnoy, currently managing partner of Oakhouse Partners and ex-VP of Finance at PayPal was invited by IIE for a fireside…

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…

Exclusive: Singapore’s Viatick closes round at post-money valuation of $2.23m

Viatick, a Singapore-based bluetooth specialist venture, focussed on deploying beacon-based solutions founded by Edmund Gair Jun Jie and Louis Kent Lee Ting Wei, has concluded an investment round at a post-money valuation of S$3 million ($2.23…

Stint at marine firm charts his course in life

Stint at marine firm charts his course in life "SMU student's 2-month stint in Dubai after NS turns into a year-long job, laying the ground for his business ventures" An initial two-month stint at a Saudi marine firm in Dubai after national…

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 by young malay muslims, Akandatang.sg and Halal Dining Club benefited from this surge in online demand during…

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. An incubated start-up at SMU Institute of…

Young Entrepreneur Empowers Children Regionally with Tech Literacy

SMU BIG Alumni & SIS undergraduate Jackson Kwa of TechSociety, is making an impact with the launch of his edutech start-up which empowers children with critical tech survival skills and transforming them from…

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. It aims to provide a source of income for stay…

Entrepreneurship Immersion Programme at iMinds, Belgium

23rd May to 12th Aug 2016 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" comprised of four students from Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD…

Business Study Mission - Silicon Valley

2nd – 9th May 2016 The recent Business Study Mission (BSM) to Silicon Valley led by Professor Virginia Cha, Entrepreneur In-Residence of Singapore Management University exposed the BSM students to a variety of uprising start-ups from different…

Visit by Far Eastern Federal University

Amongst the representatives present from Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) that visited SMU were Elena B. Gafforova (Director Dr.Ec.Sc - School of Economics and Management) & Tatyana K. Kalenik (Head of Department Biotechnology and…

Visit by International Universities Innovation Alliance (IUIA)

[from left to right] - Hailey Lau, Cassie Dong, Krishna Kumar, Wansong Sun - IUIA Secretary-general, IUIA (Beijing) Investment Management Co. Ltd. Chairman, Richard Lim - Executive Secretary General International Universities…

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. Read the full story here...

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

8th-14th December 2015 Led by SMU’s Entrepreneur-in Residence Dr. Virginia Cha, BSM Atlanta brought SMU students and Atlanta’s hottest startups together. Not only do students learn about Atlanta’s entrepreneurship environment, they also had hands…

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

(Left to Right): Karen Mok, Regional Manager of Seedstars World with Jimmy Lui, Founder of Couper 11 Dec 2015 - Couper a platform that helps mobile games monetize non-paying users with in-app marketplace purchases and mini reward games. A current…

Visit by Case Western University

Amongst the senior team that came were Jeffrey Duerk (Dean of Case School of Engineering), Daniel Ducoff (Associate Vice President of Global Initiatives) and Anne Cunningham (Sr. Director of Development)

VISIT BY KOREAN DELEGATION

A group of korean delegates visited SMU to gather insights on the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Singapore and across Asia. The session was conducted at the Lee Kong Chian School of Business which was facilitated by Prof Desai, Director of IIE.…

NTU Ideasinc Challenge 2015

(left to right): Hayden Leow, Wallace Ang & Jeff Chin 18 Oct 2015 DingGo a proud SMU Startup, incubated by IIE had recently won The Most Innovative Startup in the NTU Ideasinc Challenge 2015 held at the Red Dot Museum. With over…

GAMURAI-SITF 2015 AWARD WINNER FOR BEST INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

A proud SMU Alumni Startup incubated by IIE, Woo Sze Ming (CEO of Gamurai Pte Ltd) was amongst the SiTF Awards 2015 winners. His project VEON@Hair Experience was awarded Silver for the Best Innovative Research and Development. Click…

Visit by Delegates from Andhra Pradesh, India

Group photo from left to right: Anand Govindaluri (Managing Director & CEO, Govin Holdings Pte Ltd, Govin Capital Pte Ltd), Dr. M.H.M.Krishna Prasad (Nodal Officer, TEQUIP, JNTUK, Kakinada), Prof. P. Vijaya Prakash…

VISIT BY DELEGATES FROM THAILAND, NORTHERN SCIENCE PARK

Delegates from seven Universities consisting of University Presidents, Vice Presidents together with Directors, Deputy Directors and staffs from Northern Science Park visited Singapore Management University on an exchange and sharing session…

ARE YOU TRANSFORMING AND IMPACTING YOUR COMMUNITY?

  ARE YOU TRANSFORMING AND IMPACTING YOUR COMMUNITY? 24 Jul 2015 by Christopher Quek     In all the sexy glitz and glamour of the tech entrepreneur industry, we have seen many entrepreneurs building up their start-ups to be the…

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…

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14 May 2015 - Tomas Laboutka, Co-Founder & CEO of HotelQuickly started by engaging the audience by picking what was on their minds and addressed them as he gave his talk at the Singapore Management University recently. HotelQuickly is a mobile-…

Visit by Italian Delegation

[from left to right]: Professor Desai Arcot Narasimhalu, Domenico Laudonia, Marco Bicocchi Pichi, Marco Villa, Susanna Hasenoehrl, Alessio Romeo, Corrado Tirassa, Brunello Bineiti, Sandro Parisi, Mirko Puliafito, Michelangelo Chasseur, Federico…

Visit by Norwegian Delegation to SMU

[from left to right]: Ms Torunn A. Taralrud (Commercial Counsellor, Royal Norwegian Embassy), Professor Arnoud De Meyer (President, Singapore Management University), Ms Dilek Ayhan (State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Trade,…

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 A former Singapore Management University student and also among the past founders of SMU Ventures student club, Mr Kaushal Dugar founder…

Spurring Innovative Ideas - NUS High and Anglican High emerge winners at SMU's Youth Innovation Challenge

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IIE Visits by Colombian Guest

[from left to right]:  Diego Paternina - Cluster Initiatives Consultant, Ruta Competitiva Cartagena Conecta Antonella Farah Louis - Director of Regional Committee for Competitive of Bolivar, Comision Regional de Competitividad Cartagena…

Innovation Fair 2015 - News Flash!

Start-up's goal: Snack your way to good health Making snacks healthy may seem like a tall order in this fast-paced world, but two young women here have taken up the challenge with a new start-up. The budding business takes nutritious snacks to the…

Applied Innovation Program

  [Front row-far left]: Professor Desai Arcot Narasimhalu, Director of IIE [Front row-second from the right]: Peter Tan, Chairman of Morphosis Holdings [Front row-far right]: Henry Chua, Associate Director - Office of Advancement &…

SMU introduces Asian Youth Entrepreneurship Programme

SINGAPORE - A new entrepreneurship programme to foster cross-cultural learning and experiential learning has been introduced at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at Singapore Management University (SMU). The Asian Youth…

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. a total amount of $50,000 will be granted for them to support, grow, and build their dream company.  What…

Youth Innovation Challenge 2015 - Competition Briefing & Training Workshop

Organised by the Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE), a total of 270 students from various schools and institutions joined the Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) competition briefing and training workshop held at the SMU, School of…

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. The visit was an…

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. LoveByte, a startup incubated under IIE was recently acquired by Migme (an Australian listed company) and also…

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. This is Go!Places second winning in a…

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. Click Here for related news  

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. They were featured in establishmentpost.com. Read his story as he explains the difficulties experienced in starting up again after…

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

Panda-ring to changing tastes Hosted stays and couch-surfing have changed the travel game, with an Asian start-up redefining the boundaries. The charm of the panda, who can resist? So it was a smart move when long-time buddies, Singaporeans James…

Flemish Companies Hire Singapore Students for Strategic International Growth

In recent news, Singapore Management University (SMU) students is gaining exposure and recognition in the “technopreneurship” arena. iMinds is partnered with the Singapore Management University to bring business and IT students to Belgium to intern…

Up and coming

Rick Tan and Jonathan Lim, who founded Innova Technology, met and became friends while studying at SMU. The idea of opening a company came to Rick in early 2011, when he lost his passport while on a trip overseas. This sparked the idea of a device…

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. He said: "My…

Digital Life review Duet By Protag, a product by SMU IIE Start-Up

http://news.asiaone.com/news/digital1/review-duet-protag Losing your smartphone not only hits your wallet, it also puts your privacy and personal information at risk. To mitigate this, there are apps you can use to locate your lost or stolen phone…

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. This visit also open an opportunity for a future collaboration with Australia…

SMU Partnership with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology

Singapore Management University and Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) signed an MOU to partner & Collaborate in areas around Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The programs includes: Cross university business idea…

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 …

Go!Places launches a helpful app for modern traveller, Wotabout!

Wotabout, the new Android app from Go!Places presents an exciting new way to discover fun places around you. Designed with inputs from travel enthusiasts around the world, Wotabout has some unique features that make it the perfect discovery app for…

IDA Labs Officially Open in Celebration with the Industry

  The first-ever Accreditation@IDA targeting innovative tech product start-ups launched IDA Labs, located at IDA's headquarters at Mapletree Business City and the National Design Centre (NDC) were officially opened today. The labs will serve…

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. Congratulations!

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…

Babson College Visited IIE to learn about innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia

On 13th January 2013, representatives from Babson College, USA visited SMU Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship. The purpose of the visit was to learned about innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia, IIE hosted the visit with some…

Find out what’s so GAZAAB!! (“Awesome” in Nepalese)??

Nepal, birthplace of the Buddha, the home of Mount Everest and now, headquarters to one budding Singaporean businessmen.  Jamon Mok plans to alleviate poverty through social entrepreneurship. In a country where more than half the…

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. Clarence received his SGD $10,000 (US $7,900) from the guest of honour, Desmond Lee…

SMU IIE & Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation

SMU – IIE hosted a delegation comprising of a group of students interested in Entrepreneurship along with representatives from Korea Business Angels Association & Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation.

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. The recent highlighting of hate-reading and…

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. find out more about Go!Places here

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

At the inaugural National Youth Entrepreneurship Awards  in November 2017, one of our SMU students, Mandy Chan, won the GOLD award in the University category for BOW, a start-up she founded in 2016. This was no small feat.. Mandy had taken a…

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. The app, which has garnered already over 1,000 completed challenges two days before the…

The road less travelled

Assistant Professor of Strategic Management, Burkhard Schrage, comments on the advantages and risk of SMEs taking the road less travelled and entering a market early. The SME Magazine

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. That’s why a team of entrepreneurs from Singapore Management University…

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. That’s why a team of entrepreneurs from Singapore Management University

In 2008, while still a second-year student of Business and Information Technology at SMU, Elvin Ong started The Dott Solutions. As an undergraduate with no steady income, he decided that if he wanted to start a business, it would have to be low-risk…

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. Professor Desai is…

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. Business, after all, deals with money, which many a time strains even familial ties. But long-time friends Robin Pho [an SMU alumnus] and Darryl Lim…

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 not only enable non-profits to use technology to manage and communicate easily with volunteers…

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. Together with his business partner, they said that the mentorship of Mr George Han, of SMU's Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, has been…

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, co-founded by Kent Hoie, along with his collaborators John Kueh, Timothy Ee and…

"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. The volunteers are part of a movement…

Project Hello Stranger

Initiated by SMU student Valerie Ong Si Hui and recent SMU graduate Tham Yining, the voluntary movement named Project Hello Stranger is aimed at spreading the spirit of love and giving among people in Singapore. Their recent activities include a…

The Cage launches new iPhone app created by SMU students

A new iPhone app created by SMU students will allow football enthusiasts to book and pay for time slots at The Cage, one of Singapore's most well-known futsal facilities. The app was devised by a group of six students from the SMU School of…

Not all fun and games for app developers

Many Gen-Y video game aficionados have sweet memories of hand-held games like the Pokemon series, or even the black-and-white Tamagotchi. This reliving of childhood nostalgia is what pushed 27-year-old [SMU alumnus] Sam Yong Zhi to craft PetMonster…

Starting Young: The Joy of Speaking and Coaching

SMU final-year Accountancy student Benjamin Loh's passion for public speaking and coaching drove him to start up a training and consultancy outfit, Speaker's Flare Training and Consultancy. Having participated in Toastmasters competitions and public…

Why's everyone buzzing about startups in Singapore

At South By Southwest Interactive, we caught up with three entrepreneurs who have chosen Singapore as the geographical launch pad for their startups.

The right blend of service and business

SMU graduate Adeline Tan starts a business called LINS Smoodees. It is the first project of The Healing Concierge which promotes holistic and natural living. 'The Healing Concierge is driven by the five senses and total wellness living. It is…

How not to lose your things ever

A look at the profile of SMU undergraduate Rick Tan, who is co-founder of Innova Technology and his latest innovation, anti-Loss (aL), which alerts users when valuables are being left behind. aL was developed with a $50,000 grant from Spring…

Art of the Pitch: Six minutes to change your life

178 start-ups auditioned with 90-second to six-minute pitches with the hope of winning US$20,000 at DEMO Asia 2012. One such startup was Sage.by, a DAMO alumni startup formed last August by four students at SMU with the idea of Cab4free, which…

Great leap forward reaps dividends

Tocco Studios provides multi-touch screen technology to various clients, including banks in the Middle East and educational institutions in Singapore. The venture was founded by Vincent Lai and Andy Soh while studying at SMU's School of Information…

Blazing a trail in Asia for the tech community

Willis Wee considered working for tech firms like Facebook or LinkedIn after graduating from SMU but chose to start his own business instead. He sought advice from SMU's Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which has an incubator called…

Anti-loss device for the careless tech buzz back in fashion

Innova Technology has developed anti-Loss (aL), which is basically a Bluetooth smart card. Due to its thin and small form factor (similar to two credit cards stacked together), you can place aL in your wallet, bag, passport cover or anywhere you…

Recruitment portal for cost-conscious employers

Echoing the calls for "cheaper, better, faster" workers, HR solutions start-up Quantine is offering an online recruitment platform which it thinks will help employers hire "better, faster, stronger".

On the road less travelled

SMU Alumnus, John Tham and his business partner Nicole Lim are the owners of a relatively young business, Traveller International, offering tours to off-the-beaten track destinations. Though the duo may not be earning as much as their fellow…

PANDABED INCUBATED AT SMU IIE HAD RECENTLY BEEN FEATURED IN THE MALAYSIAN NEWS, THE STAR ONLINE

Panda-ring to changing tastes Hosted stays and couch-surfing have changed the travel game, with an Asian start-up redefining the boundaries. The charm of the panda, who can resist? So it was a smart move when long-time buddies, Singaporeans James…

Visit by Delegates from Andhra Pradesh, India

Group photo from left to right: Anand Govindaluri (Managing Director & CEO, Govin Holdings Pte Ltd, Govin Capital Pte Ltd), Dr. M.H.M.Krishna Prasad (Nodal Officer, TEQUIP, JNTUK, Kakinada), Prof. P. Vijaya Prakash…

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