Why Attend

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Present your innovative solutions to international investors, corporate decision makers and expand your network.

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Join us and be inspired by a community of innovators and seek ideas for your next venture.

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Seek out the brightest young talents who are shaking things up and building the future.​

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Stay up to date with the latest innovation related to your industry and expose your brand to a new audience.


The Go-To event for the young, the daring and the brightest

The Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) brings some of the world’s most talented to Singapore, connecting them with Southeast Asia’s industry titans, academia and investors.

  • Expand your network with important stakeholders
  • Learn more about Singapore I&E ecosystem
  • Finalists receive valuable mentoring from experienced industry leaders within IIE’s network of experts
  • Chance to expose your start-up to potential investors and partner

Past Winners:

Jonathan Ng - Iterative Scopes
LKYGBPC Beta Prize Winner - Jonathan Ng, Iterative Scopes


“This is a phenomenal place to connect with mentors and other founders. cross-sectors learning is frankly where the best gems of advice can be found and applied.” - Jonathan Ng, CEO of Iterative Scopes - 10th LKYGBPC BETA Prize Winner

Powered by Industry Movers and Shakers

In 2021, over 180 startups benefited from SMU IIE's expansive network of investors, corporates, government agencies and NGOs through curated events such as VC Office Hours, Changemakers Conversation virtual panel discussions, fireside chats and one-to-one mentorship programme.

Apart from the main event, there is also The SMU Chancellor Cup -  this cup was awarded to the top finalist team (RVLT50) representing a Singapore university with the most trailblazing idea at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition. 

Chancellor Cup winner

Kush Agarwal with mentor Tan Shao Yen CPG Corporation’s Group Chief Innovation Officer

“We’ve learnt a lot from the mentors. Their thoughts and insights about our technology and business strategy have helped me think further and incorporate necessary plans accordingly.”- Kush Agarwal, Founder & CEO of WaveScan - 10th LKYGBPC SMU Chancellor Cup Winner.

Expand your international network, gain solid insights and be one of the trailblazers!


Southeast Asia’s startup ecosystem


“It is a good opportunity to meet the investors and test our pitch, understand the motivation of the investors, understand how aligned we are with the market.” - EntSecure

  • Watch Changemakers Conversations
  • Expand your start-up network
  • Gain insights through VC Office Hours
  • Watch the Grand Finals during BLAZE

Step into the future at BLAZE

Blaze team

We are more than a startup competition. In 2021, we went beyond the walls of an event hall and introduced a full range of hybrid activities anchored in topics ranging from funding know-how, urban sustainability, emerging technologies, and industry trends.

It’s never a dull day at BLAZE, Finals Week!

VC Office Hours

PV Blaze

Get Advice from Rainmakers of the VC Industry!

The value of the network that we get is amazing! Having access to prominent VCs in the region and learning from the best – like how they look at deals and investments are incomparable.” - Aloysius Toh, Student-Principal of Protege Ventures (Southeast Asia’s first student-led VC programme)


DPM Heng during 10th LKYGBPC closed-door Fireside chat

Accelerate growth in the ecosystem

At BLAZE Finals Week, we connect key ecosystem stakeholders with each other and expound on feedback from the ground up. Be involved in round table discussions and fireside chats that leave a lasting impact and shape the future of the innovation community.

  • Identify and invest in young budding start-ups with high growth and potential 
  • Seek out by cutting-edge and disruptive innovation that change the world
  • Increase visibility among startups and potential corporate partners 
  • Display your thought leadership in your niche / industry

“We have really good quality teams here. Not only in terms of their innovativeness of their ideas, but on their imagination as in the impact of their ideas globally.” - Nicholas Nash, Co-founder / Managing Partner of Asia Partners (Category Finals Judge)


  • Stay ahead of the curve and immerse yourself in cutting-edge and disruptive innovation in your industry
  • Identify and build collaborative relationships with fast-growing start-ups to execute Proof-of-Concepts (POCs)
  • Gain new perspective on start-ups' new ways to approaching age-old problems

Empowering Talents and Unleash their Potential

We believe in creating knowledge, developing young talents and driving value creation in the startup ecosystem. If you share the same passion, speak with us now for a curated package!

“It was an insightful experience, to see how advances in science and technology get so well translated into commercial opportunities. It was a valuable learning experience for me, especially listening to the founders who are developing and deploying solutions using such advanced emerging technology.” - Robert Chew, Managing Partner of iGlobe Partner

“There’s so many of these great ideas from this competition that we really hope some of these could grow to solve some of the world’s biggest social and environmental problems.” - Claire Wong, Executive Director and Head, DBS Foundation

Relive 10th LKYGBPC

On 19 March 2021, 8 grand finalists competed for the grand prizes. Each category winner (0 to 1; and 1 to infinity) walked away with an award of $250,000 including S$100,000 cash, along with other in-kind prizes. ​

In case you missed it, watch the replay here!