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Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

The Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) is a biennial university startup challenge in Singapore which is organised by the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at Singapore Management University. ​


​The LKYGBPC derives its name from Singapore’s founding Prime Minister, who developed the country’s defining business plan bringing Singapore onto the global stage. It is this spirit of entrepreneurship, innovation and ambition that the competition enshrines.​



Themed “Innovations Beyond Boundaries”, the 11th edition of the LKYGBPC brings together the brightest minds from the world’s most entrepreneurial universities to address the challenges of the 21st century and reimagine a smart, sustainable and resilient future.


Area of Focus:


  • Urban Solutions and Sustainability

  • Manufacturing, Trade & Connectivity

  • Human Health & Potential

  • Smart Nation & Digital Economy


Are you a student founder or have a protégé with game-changing technology that could change the world?


Now is the time to let the world know it!


Jointly organised by the Singapore Management University (SMU) Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE), the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition brings together top student founders from around the world to Singapore to win:


  • S$2.5 million worth of prizes and counting! 💰

  • Direct access and connection to 100+ top VCs & Corporates in the region! 🔗

  • Complimentary flights and accommodation for the trail-blazing Top 50 Finalist Teams in September 2023 ✈️

  • Get the special privilege of having your pitch deck shared with relevant industry corporates - if you complete your application early by 10th March 2023!


Don't miss your chance, hurry and apply by 31st March 2023. Act now or miss out!


The top 50 finalist teams will be flown into Singapore for a week-long immersion festival, BLAZE. In addition to the Category Finals and Grand Finals happening during BLAZE, finalists will gain maximum exposure to top VCs, corporates, government agencies, successful innovators and youths in Singapore. The competition will also open doors to growth opportunities in Singapore, and from Singapore into the region.


To register all you need to submit is only:


  • Filling out the registration form

  • Executive Summary of your project, not more than 500 words

  • Pitch Deck of no more than 20 slides

  • Optional: A video presentation not more than 5-min


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