Lean LaunchPad Singapore


Programme Background & Aim

Modelled after the National Science Foundation (NSF) I-Corps programme in the United States, the National Lean LaunchPad Programme (“Programme”) aims to provide an evidence based and structured learning process to guide the teams to work on validating the critical factors for successful technology commercialization.

​This programme is funded by National Research Foundation (NRF).

Programme Description

Conducted over a 10-week period, the Programme uses the Lean start-up methodology and emphasizes rapid, iterative and low-cost experiential learning, with participants focusing on discovering customer problems that their technology can best solve, and exploring the right business model to deliver their solutions.

Week 1: Bootcamp
Week 2 - 9: Workshops (8 weekly workshops)
Week 10: Final Presentations Day

The objective of the Programme is to cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset among researchers and to equip them with knowledge of the “front-end” of the technology commercialisation process. By pushing researchers to get out of the lab and talk to potential users and customers, they will better understand users’ needs and think from customers’ perspective, so that they can discover the unique value proposition that their technology can bring to the market place. With the right product-market fit, they will have a better chance of commercialising their technological inventions.

Program tracks include:

  • Biomedical Sciences, Medical Technology, Life Sciences,
  • Engineering, Physical Sciences
  • ICT (software, web-based, app)


Programme Fee

Programme fee/team (after NRF & IIE Subsidies) (SGD) 
$570.00 + GST


SMU IIE has concluded the Lean LaunchPad Programme and no further runs are scheduled.


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