The Academic Affiliate Program (AAP) has collaborations with local and global Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs). The AAP sources intellectual property (IP) from the collaborators with the intention to facilitate the commercialisation of the IP. For any IP, an IP audit and IP valuation is carried out to determine the most suitable means of commercialising the IP. The outcome of the IP Audit will determine whether an IP is best suited to be commercialized as a start-up company, or to be licensed to third parties or to simply abandon it. The IP suited for a start-up company will be presented to experienced professionals through networking sessions organized by IIE's Affiliates' Corner (AC).
The program also sources technology specialists to reinforce core teams to strenghten the IP. Through IIE, the SMU community can gain access to business mentors, investors, funding opportunities, networking opportunities and incubation support.