Programme Structure – Lean Launchpad Singapore
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Programme Structure

What is required to translate a technology innovation into a commercially viable product or service?

OBJECTIVES & PEDAGOGY DESIGN

  • Unlike the traditional structure of lectures and case studies, the pedagogy of Lean LaunchPad Singapore promotes experiential learning through the search and discovery process and cultivates entrepreneurial thinking.

  • Each team is anchored around a proprietary technology with a real opportunity to convert it into an exciting investable business. After 10 weeks, teams will graduate with a clearer sense of how to develop their technologies into commercial products and identify concrete commercialisation pathways forward.

WHAT WILL TEAMS LEARN?

The curriculum is centered on the key principles of the Lean methodology:

  • CUSTOMER
    DEVELOPMENT

  • BUSINESS MODEL
    DESIGN

  • AGILE
    ENGINEERING

Programme Framework

Teams are grouped into 3 technology domain tracks:

  • Infocomm
    Technology (ICT)

  • Life Sciences

  • Engineering

HIGHLIGHTS OF LEAN LAUNCHPAD SINGAPORE 10-WEEK PROGRAMME:

  • 2-day Kick-off Bootcamp
  • 8 evening in-class track workshops (3 hours per week) are formation sessions
    • Plenary covering the Business Model Canvas and invited guest speakers on specialised topics

    • Teams present their key insights every week and engage in a dynamic learning process in a multi-disciplinary platform with feedback from peers, LLP faculty, industry mentors and advisors to identify gaps in their market understanding and hone their thinking.

  • Required: Team consultations with mentors once a week to review market findings
  • Optional: In-office 20-min consultations organised with different individual track faculty every week allow teams to seek individual / specific help.
  • Market interviews conducted during office hours
  • “Key Lessons Learned” Final Presentations Day (Week 10)

Attendance & Participation: All team members should attend all the evening track workshops. Attendance is not compulsory for PIs/Professors, however, they are required and strongly encouraged to attend the kick-off Bootcamp.

INNOVATION TEAMS

Professors / Inventors / Principal Investigators (PI) may submit a technology project and appoint a post-doc as the Entrepreneurial Lead (EL) of the innovation team. He/she would typically be a senior researcher working with the PI on the technology and who possesses the knowledge and passion to lead and commercialise the project. The team may include PhD students, research engineers or research assistants as technical members.

Lean LaunchPad Singapore will bring the necessary business human resource into technology teams.

By joining the programme, the research team will be expanded with business talent in additional ELs who may be MBA students, entrepreneurs, individuals with business experience, and including an industry mentor who brings relevant experience, business acumen and industry contacts.

 

Post-LLP Support

Teams will move forward in different pathways depending on the strategic options determined for technology commercialisation. Based on the gaps identified during the course, post-LLP support could include assistance in one or more of the following programmes to move their technology commercialisation aspirations forward:

  1. MVP Development Support
  2. Further Customer Discovery & Market Validation Overseas
  3. Proof of Concept and Translational Development Grants Application
  4. Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing & Marketing Strategy
  1. Start-Up Business Plan Writing
  2. Start-Up Business Development Advisory & Mentoring
  3. Pitching and Presentation Skills Training
  4. Fund Raising

NUS MVP Studio:

Projects may consult with the MVP Studio to develop their Minimum Viable Products (MVPs). The first and only such facility in Singapore, the studio has helped LLP project teams in the productization of their technologies, in designing low-cost MVPs to test and further validate these ideas in the market.