Youth Innovation Challenge


Organised By

SMU Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Training Partner

Reactor Training


F&B Sponsor


Reactor Training


Community Partners                                                                                                                                                        

SMUPreneurs The Mentoring Circle   Protege Ventures by SMUIIE and Kairos ASEAN            

Youth Innovation Challenge

Create The World You Want to Live In
Unleash the Entrepreneur In You!

Armed with an entrepreneurial spirit, an inquisitive mind and a heart for bettering the lives of others, we believe that youths (like you!) will be the creators of some of the most innovative solutions which will tackle the toughest challenges of the 21st century! If you believe in being a catalyst, innovator and seeker of change, then the Youth Innovation Challenge is the thing for you!

Started in 2013, the Youth Innovation Challenge 2018 is organised by Singapore Management University (SMU) Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship with an objective to promote entrepreneurship among youths. The competition is open to students from secondary schools, junior colleges and ITEs in Singapore.



What's in it for you?

  • LEARN valuable Innovation & Entrepreneurial skills
  • RECEIVE mentorship from successful entrepreneurs and industry leaders as you prepare for the Innovation Challenge
  • EXPRESS your creativity to the world through the Innovation Challenge platform
  • EXPERIENCE the excitement of pitching to big live audience 
  • MAKE new friends from other schools
  • CERTIFY as a Youth Innovator with a BLOCKCHAIN Certificate of Participation upon completion

Last but not least,

  • WIN more than S$20,000 in cash prizes!


What do you need to prepare?


It is optional to prepare for the competition in advance as all the necessary training will be provided at the workshop. 

You will work on the competition materials and submit them at the end of the workshop. However, you may choose to research on what makes a smart city and brainstorm ideas with your team and teachers before coming to the workshop.

Cost? FREE!


A fun and rewarding experience comprising of 4 segments

1.      Register: 

Sign up for the challenge and start to receive introductory tutorials on smart city innovations, design thinking and lean business model canvas.

2.      Workshop: 

Attend a one day intensive, step by step workshop to help you ideate through the Design Thinking framework and Lean Startup Methodology, and crystalize your awesome smart city idea into a Lean Business Model Canvas at the end of the workshop.

3.      Mentorship: 

Present your idea to some of the most successful entrepreneurs and business titans in Singapore and get their personalized feedback

4.      Competition: 

Showcase your innovation in front of fellow youth innovators in the country. We have partnered with key government agencies and leading venture capital funds to provide feedback on your game changing ideas.






Competition Theme

Smart Cities. The World Health Organization states that the world's urban population is expected to double by 2050. Such an increase in population can only be supported by innovation in order to be sustainable. Our country Singapore is seeking for good ideas to enhance sustainable growth and improve the quality of life of the citizens.

One example of a smart city product that our SMU alumni has created: Protag* is a smart device that prevents the loss of valuables by connecting it to mobile phone. In the event when your valuables are left behind accidentally, you will be alerted before any unwanted incidents arise.


Stand a chance to win up to $20,000 in cash prizes! 



Key Dates

Attendance for all 3 events in April is required to receive Certificate of Participation

Registration Deadline 28 February 2018
Full Day Design Thinking and Lean Startup Methodology Workshop 7 April 2018
Mentor Session 14 April 2018
Teams Pitch & Awards Ceremony 21 April 2018



Elim Chew

77th Street

FastFast & ElimChewTV       



David Yin

Business Development Manager




James Bitanga

Chief Legal Officer & Head of Joint Ventures                                                                



Teng Yun Wei

Student Venture Capitalist (SMU)
Protégé Ventures



Delbert Ty

Head of Marketing




What happened last year?

Learn more about the winning teams from the previous edition!

Junior Category: Team "The Zelter" from Outram Secondary School, designed a water and fire resistant portable tent - the size of a backpack - which features an inbuilt solar-power system that powers light, a heat generator and a charging port for electronic devices. There is also a water filtration system to ensure access to clean water. 

Senior Category: Team "Re-Life" from ITE College Central clinched the top position. The team has worked closely with physiotherapists to develop a multi-purpose equipment that reduces rehabilitation cost for stroke patients and inconvenience to caregivers, as well as promote continuous rehabilitation in the patient’s home.



“The demands of the competition really require students to think big and work together. The panel of judges is impressive and they give constructive feedback and ask relevant questions. The prizes are very attractive.”
– Ms Melissa Lim Singh, Teacher at Outram Secondary School


How to register?

Registration has been CLOSED on 28 Feb 2018 due to FULL CAPACITY.




Stay up to date with the latest happenings in the social stratosphere.