Non-Academic Programmes

From empowering aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs, to the creation and development of early-stage ventures, IIE offers a myriad of programmes encompassing the full innovation and entrepreneurial journey. Our programmes combine the academic rigour of SMU, with invaluable guidance from our experienced industry titans, to provide the best learning outcome for our students.

SMU-Wavemaker Venture Building Programme

The SMU-Wavemaker Venture Building Programme is a three-month training programme to groom aspiring entrepreneurs with no/minimal business experience to build and scale innovative startups.

Protégé Ventures

As Southeast Asia’s first student-run venture fund programme, Protégé Ventures trains students to be tech-savvy entrepreneurial leaders by equipping them with the necessary skills and mindset to conquer the world of venture capital and navigate disruptive economies. This unique programme is tailored to prepare highly motivated students who aspire to establish a career in investment or get a head start as venture capitalists.

Lean Launchpad Singapore (LLP)

Modelled after the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps programme in the United States, the National Lean LaunchPad Programme (“Programme”) prepares scientists and engineers to extend their focus beyond the university laboratory, and accelerates the economic and societal benefits of research projects that are ready to move toward commercialization.

SMU Brand Hackathon

The 2 day Brand Hackathon brings together consumer companies and award winning marketing experts to co-create compelling brand stories.

Student Entrepreneur Internship

The Student Entrepreneur Internship programme allows students with a registered start-up or business to perform their mandatory 10-week (or more) internship in that start-up or business.


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