Alibaba - SUSS Entrepreneurship Minor/Certificate


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 Alibaba - SUSS Entrepreneurship Minor/Certificate

Ready to take your startup to the next level? Confident to attract funding for your business? It’s time to learn more about Alibaba - SUSS Minor/Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

Programme Highlights

  • To be launched in July 2017 semester: 40 cu Minor/Certificate in Entrepreneurship in partnership with Alibaba Inc.
  • Students need to secure funding for their business to attain the 40 cu E-Minor/Certificate
  • Programme includes:
    • ​Introduction to cloud computing by Alibaba Inc.
    • Option to read any SUSS CET courses that startups deem relevant 
    • Unlimited free Alibaba cloud credit for the duration of this programme
    • Mentorship by Alibaba Inc., C-level industry experts and advisors
    • No course fee​


Application period to enter the programme​​​ ​1 to 31 July 2017
​Announcement of shortlisted teams ​11 August 2017
​Pitch dates for shortlisted teams ​23 and 26 August 2017
Announcement of teams accepted into the programme ​8 September 2017
​Accepted teams launch celebration​​ ​19 September 2017
​Alibaba course on cloud computing, Big Data and AI ​26 and 27 September 2017
​Pitch to a panel of investors to pass the programme ​April 2018 and October 2018
​Announcement of teams awarded the 40 CU E-Minor/Certificate                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ​After signed copy of investment/funding/grant agreement  has been provided and teams have pitched successfully

Admission Eligibility Criteria

1. Who can apply:
    Students who have developed a working prototype or are running their own startups, including
  • Current SUSS students fulltime or part-time from any cohort and any programme
  • Current students of other IHLs
  • Current Singapore Polytechnic students above 18 years of age
  • Members of the public who fulfil CET admission eligibility criteria
  • A group of students who is working for the same startup or business proposal, may select maximum 3 students to apply for this programme​

2. How to apply:
    Application opens on 1 July 2017. More details will be provided soon.
  • To register your interest, you may leave your contact details here.

3. Assessment criteria for business proposal applications:
  • Uniqueness of business concept
  • Feasibility of business model
  • Strength of management team
  • Potential market value
  • Working prototype (preferred)
  • Social impact (preferred)

Assessment criteria to receive 40 cu E-Minor/Certificate

  1. Participation in cloud computing course by Alibaba Inc.
  2. Participation in pitch to investors organised by SUSS and Alibaba Inc.
  3. Startups secured funding from anyone of the following:
  • Venture Capitalist
  • Angel Investor
  • Incubator Program
  • Accelerator Program
  • Government grants or incentives​

Alibaba Cloud Course Content

Day 1
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing - Understand the core tenets to be considered when designing & deploying to a cloud 
  • Introduction to Alibaba Cloud Offerings

Day 2
  • Big Data - Detailed view of the data processing and machine learning capabilities. This course showcases the ease, flexibility, and power of big data solutions on Alibaba Cloud
  • Security  - Detailed view of the security offerings in Alibaba Cloud and how they could benefit the business worldwide
  • Connectivity - Connectivity offerings from Alibaba Cloud and how to leverage the benefits and Go China​


Alibaba-SUSS Entrepreneurship Minor/Certificate is supported by the following industry experts and startup advisors:

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​​Brian A. Wong

Vice President
Alibaba Group                                                     
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Nicholas Lee Tat Meng

Chief Executive Officer
EZ-Link Pte Ltd​
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Michael D’Oliveiro ​

Country Manager
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Shannon Kalayamitr 

Founder and Former CMO 
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​Ong Whee Teck

Chief Executive Officer
Trusted Source Pte Ltd​
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Virginia Yang
Head of Product​
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​​Maria Paula Oliveira​
Asia Pacific Innovation Strategy & Operations Director
Experian Asia Pacific
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Jack Sim

BoP Hub, World Toilet Organization​
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Sunil Rai

Partner, Corporate and Venture Technology and Emerging Entities Practice
Dentons Rodyk
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James Bitanga
CLO/Head of Joint Ventures
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Benjamin Lee​

Unicorn Factory
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Debbie Watkins
Managing Director, APMEA
Fern Software

Gerald Ang 

Founder and CEO 

Nellie Wartoft 

Former Associate Manager – Sales & Marketing 
Michael Page International          
Ash Crick 

Global Head of Labs, Data Intelligence and Content Technology​               

Virginia Tan 
Co-founder and President 
Lean In China

Credit recognition for students who pass the programme

1. Current SUSS students with Minor:
  • ​May take the En​trepreneurship Minor/Certificate as a 40 cu Minor.
  • The 40 cu will count towards the student’s graduating requirement.
  • There is no grade, thus CGPA is not affected.

2. Current SUSS students without Minor:
  • May take the Entrepreneurship Minor/Certificate as a 40 cu Certificate or in some cases use the 40 cu partially to replace their programme’s electives.
  • Interested students may register their interest here​ to find out which courses may be replaced.
  • There is no grade, thus CGPA is not affected.

3. Non-SUSS students:
  • May apply and receive a 40 cu Entrepreneurship Certificate.
  • Should they be admitted into an SUSS undergraduate degree programme, this may be counted as a Minor.


There is no course fee.
Registration fee to apply for this programme is $64.20 (inclusive of GST) for an e-application (payable online only) per person.


Click here​ to register your interest.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​