Executive, Business Innovations Generator (BIG), Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Job description

The Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (IIE) anchors the Area of Excellence in Innovation at the Singapore Management University (SMU). IIE is a practise-oriented institute that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship excellence at SMU and beyond.  

IIE’s activities range from innovation & entrepreneurship events, competitions and workshops, to training programmes, study missions and internships for budding student entrepreneurs. In addition, IIE runs a full-fledged incubation programme that helps aspiring entrepreneurs take their ideas to market.

In the past year, IIE launched the first student-led venture fund in Southeast Asia, Protégé Ventures, in partnership with Kairos ASEAN. IIE also organized the 9th Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC), the most prestigious business plan competition in the region. The LKYGPC connects and brings in the best student entrepreneurial talent from across the globe; in September 2017, 36 finalist teams flew into Singapore to compete for 1 million dollars’ worth of prizes, and were mentored by senior industry professionals such as Michael Seibel, CEO of Y Combinator. 

IIE previously established the Business Innovations Generator (BIG) in 2009 to support big ideas. BIG helps innovators realize their entrepreneurial dreams, and provides an environment that harnesses and cultivates the budding talent within. It does so by providing a dedicated incubation space, with an ecosystem of established mentors, access to potential partners, and connections to government and private funding. BIG has incubated 170 start-ups, including Tech in Asia, a top regional tech media company, and Homage, which was lauded by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong during his recent National Day Rally in 2017 for using technology to increase the reach of on-demand care-giving services for elderly in Singapore.

SMU-IIE is opening up the position of Executive, Business Innovations Generator (BIG). Executives of this position will:

  • Run BIG’s first summer acceleration programme, 
  • bringing startups from 0 to 1. 
  • Organize community events for BIG startups Build partnerships for the BIG membership card

Key Dates

Application deadline: Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Phone / Skype interviews: 5-16 February 2018
Final decision: 23 February 2018
Expected arrival in Singapore: First week of June 2018

Due to the expected high volume of applications, IIE will only reach out to candidates that are short-listed for phone / Skype interviews. Please do not send your CV directly to our office.


This internship program is based in Singapore Management University, Singapore. Candidates must be willing to commit full-time for 8 weeks minimum (10 weeks maximum) from June to August 2018

Candidates must secure their own external source of funding for the internship.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Undergraduates in Sophomore and Junior year
  • A passion for education and entrepreneurship
  • Top-notch community building and people skills
  • Prior experience in partnerships and program management
  • Excellent interpersonal, problem solving and process-thinking skills 
  • Articulate and communicate well in both verbal and written form 
  • Prior exposure in entrepreneurial area or interest to pursue a career in Singapore