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.

Protégé Ventures

Protégé Ventures was launched in partnership with Kairos ASEAN, a Singapore-based social enterprise dedicated to finding and empowering young entrepreneurs. It is the first student venture fund in Southeast Asia, run by students, and for students. This joint venture leverages on Kairos’ network in the regional startup ecosystem as well as IIE’s expertise in nurturing student entrepreneurs.

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.

RAIN Programme

The Round A INvestor (RAIN) programme trains aspiring investors on the art of Pre-A to A Round funding of early stage ventures. The programme includes lectures, networking events and live cases analyses from China, Hong Kong, Israel, Singapore, Taiwan and other ASEAN countries. It is taught by award-winning business professors and top Asian venture investors.

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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