Impact Startup Challenge

Impact Startup Challenge

The perfect opportunity to test your ideas.

Join the SUSS Impact Startup Challenge (CDO303XXX) available in Singapore and overseas. This bootcamp is targeted at aspiring entrepreneurs (18 years and above) who want to test their ideas and develop a promising business proposal.

During this course, students will form teams, engage in brainstorming sessions, validate their business ideas, design prototypes, and present a pitch in front of a panel of judges. There will be highs and lows, frustrations and moments of triumphs. Some will meet their co-founders, and some teams will even move on to start a company. Win or lose, it is certain that teams will learn new lessons, have their ideas tested, pushed to their limits, and their lives changed.

Good ideas do not automatically translate into good companies. The process of testing, validating and pivoting is critical for aspiring entrepreneurs looking to develop ideas that translate into businesses that add value. Students will gain a deeper understanding of the problems they are trying to solve. Teams will get to put their ideas and assumptions to the test, and modify them along the way through the feedback they garner. Participants will be able to evaluate if their ideas are worth pursuing and proceed to design their first prototype.

Entrepreneurs have a higher chance of succeeding if they belong to an ecosystem. To build a successful brand, it is critical to learn from those who have successfully built and grown companies, while also gaining from the experience of less successful ventures. Students will benefit from opportunities to connect with experts from different domains by engaging with startup communities during allocated study trips. This course is a time to meet potential co-founders, learn how to work in a team and gain insights from the ecosystem.

Participants in this programme will be exposed to the following areas:

  • Startup Ecosystem
  • The Lean Startup Model
  • Business Pitching
  • Overseas Market Access and Opportunities*
*Market access available for Overseas Impact Startup Challenge

Course Fees

(For Singapore citizens after subsidy; Different rates may apply for PRs and foreigners)

  • CET students: S$1,300.05 (inclusive of GST) for Singapore citizens and permanent residents (PRs); S$1,560.06 (inclusive of GST) for other residents
  • SUSS full-time and part-time students, prevailing course fees apply

Attendance in the following face-to-face sessions are required

SessionDateTimeLocationSession Title
129 May 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoomIdeation
203 Jun 2020 (Wed)7.00pm-10.00pmZoom(Study Trip 1) TBC
305 Jun 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoomPitch Your Idea and Form a Team.

Javelin Board (GBA1) 
412 Jun 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoomIdentify your customer persona
519 Jun 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoomValue Proposition Canvas (GBA2)
626 Jun 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoomSolution MVP (Minimum Viable Product)
703 Jul 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoom(Studytrip 2) Panel Discussion with SUSS Country Managers: Opportunities and Startup Ecosystem in China, Vietnam and Indonesia
810 Jul 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoomLearn how to pitch to investors (GBA3)
917 July 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pmZoomDemo Day

Admission Eligibility Criteria

  • SUSS full-time/part-time students may register for this course as a 5 cu elective under SUSS Core, or as a General Elective under the School of Business, S R Nathan School of Human Development, School of Science and Technology, School of Humanities and Behavioural Sciences or School of Law. For FTMKT and BSBM, it can be taken as a major-related elective.


How to apply:

Select CDO303 during Electronic Course Registration (eCR) (for full-time and part-time students).

For more information about the Impact Startup Challenge, please contact our SUSS Entrepreneurship Team at

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Venture Abroad - Overseas Impact Startup Challenge

Find out more about the overseas opportunities that SUSS entrepreneurship has to offer!

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