Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition: Apply!

Deadline: January 31, 2013

SMU’s Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship together with SMU Students is organizing the seventh biennial Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition, for full-time students. This is an event named after Singapore’s first Prime Minister who’s widely recognized as a strategic thinker and a global visionary.

This competition is organised specially for undergraduate, college and polytechnic students around the world, the competition continues to be a platform for entrepreneurs of tomorrow. Participants will be able to showcase their business plans and entrepreneurial talents on a global stage, attract seed funding to further their business ambitions as well as extend their network of friends and business contacts through the Competition.


The Competition is open to all full-time university undergraduates, college and polytechnic students (participants who are university undergraduates, college or polytechnic students during the period 1 January 2012 – 25 August 2012 are eligible to participate).

Winners of similar competitions are invited to participate if they meet the requirements above.


Participants stand to win up to US$60,000 in cash, prizes and business development opportunities. Overseas finalists will receive 5-night hotel stay in Singapore for 2 core team members.

Entry Requirements

Submissions for all stages:

  • To ensure fair and unbiased judging, business plans must NOT contain, anywhere, the names of the students, contact details and the names of their institutions. Should any of these details are to be found in your business plans, your submission will be DISQUALIFIED. We assure all participants that we are able to track efficiently and effectively the progress of all business proposals without errors.
  • All business plans and presentations are to be in the English language.
  • All timings indicated are in the Singapore time zone (+0800 GMT) .

The competition is in three stages/rounds: the Preliminary Round, Semi-Final Round and Final Round.


The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any teams who violate the rules, regulations or spirit of the competition.

For more information, click here.