Impact Startup Challenge

Impact Startup Challenge

The perfect opportunity to test your ideas.

Join the SUSS Impact Startup Challenge (CDO303) this June and July 2020! 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 Singapore's startup community during study trips to JTC Launchpad @ One North, RaiSE and Innovfest Unbound. 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:

  • Singapore’s Startup Ecosystem
  • The Lean Startup Model
  • Business Pitching

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

SessionDateTimeDuration in hours, F2FLocationSession Title
129 May 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pm3SUSS CampusIdeation
203 Jun 2020 (Wed)7.00pm-10.00pm3SUSS CampusPitch Your Idea and Form a Team
305 Jun 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pm3SUSS CampusIdentify Your Customer Persona
412 Jun 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pm3SUSS CampusLean Canvas - A One Page Business Proposal
519 Jun 2020 (Fri)6.00pm-9.00pm3Innovfest UnboundMeet Potential Investors and Entrepreneurs, Immerse into the Startup Scene
626 Jun 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pm3SUSS CampusDesign Your Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
703 Jul 2020 (Fri)6.00pm-9.00pm3JTC Launchpad @ One NorthVisit Singapore's Startup Scene: Meeting with Incubators, Startups and raiSE (TBC)
810 Jul 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pm3SUSS CampusLearn How to Pitch to Investors
917 July 2020 (Fri)7.00pm-10.00pm3SUSS CampusDemo Day
Total Course Duration:27  

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 ZW50cmVwcmVuZXVyc2hpcEBzdXNzLmVkdS5zZw==.

Applications open on 11 March 2020. 

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