SMU Venture Building Programme


Venture Building Programme

Programme Description

The SMU Venture Building Programme is a three-month training programme to groom aspiring entrepreneurs with no/minimal business experience to build and scale innovative startups. The programme will cover frameworks of ideation, team formation, lean startup methodology, product/market fit and fund raising. It will help participants build a stronger foundation in their entrepreneurial pursuits, thus increasing their chances of success in the long run.

SMU-VB programme is part of the Enhanced Startup SG Founder Programme’s Train track, which aims to provide aspiring local entrepreneurs with a strong foundation in entrepreneurship to enable them to build successful startups. The 3-month program will help individuals to identify business ideas, develop ideas into products and perform market validation.
Full-time commitment to the programme is required. Singapore Citizen/Permanent Resident participants of the Venture Building programmes supported under the Enhanced Startup SG Founder Programme’s Train Track will be eligible for a monthly stipend for up to 3 months. However, if they subsequently enrol in another Venture Building programme under Startup SG Founder’s Train track, they will no longer be eligible for the monthly stipend. 

Startups founded through the SMU-VB programme will be fast-tracked for the Startup SG Founder Grant. To tap the grant, startups must be formed with minimally three Singaporeans and/or Permanent Residents, inclusive of founder(s), of which at least two must be first-time founders.

If interested, please apply here. Our programme managers will be in touch during the screening and selection process.


Aspiring entrepreneurs who:

  • May have an innovative idea but need help to develop, launch and scale their business plans.
  • Need training and coaching to get started.
  • Applicant must be a Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Applicant must be able to commit full time to the programme for 3 months.



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