S.M.A.R.T. Entrepreneurship Module 1: Scale

This immersive and experiential module is designed to equip business owners and executives with an in-depth understanding and analysis of Internationalisation concepts, strategic business challenges and growth opportunities in the dynamic and complex business environment in Asia. Leading tech titans from the US and China have located their Regional Headquarters (RHQs) in Singapore to compete in Southeast Asia region.

How can Singapore business leaders and executives strategically scale their businesses successfully in an increasingly competitive and complex digital economy in Asia?

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, participants should be able to / can expect to:

  1. Demonstrate a deep understanding of the key concepts in Internationalisation and best practices
  2. Identify and analyse potential strategic business opportunities in Asia
  3. Create an innovative and pragmatic internationalisation strategy for a key overseas market

Course Details

Course Dates:
No dates available currently.


Who Should Attend

  • Business owners & senior management who seek to strategically scale their existing businesses in Asia
  • Entrepreneurs who seek to scale their businesses in Asia
  • Business owners & entrepreneurs who seek to think strategically on growth opportunities in Asia


  • At least 3 years of business management experience

Programme Outline

Day 1
  • Leading Internationalisation in by Liang Xin Jun CEO & Chairman, XIN Family, Co-founder of Fosun Group
  • Internationalisation in Asia by Ted Tan, Enterprise Fellow & former Deputy CEO of Enterprise Singapore
Day 2
  • Digital Economy in China: Challenges & Opportunities by Tencent Group
  • Discussion on Alipay's digital payment landscape in Asia by Dr. Cherry Huang, General Manager of Alipay+ Ant Group
Day 3
  • New Retail in China - Expert sharing by Alibaba Group
  • Key Trends & Opportunities in China - Alibaba Group
Day 4
  • Scaling Businesses in Southeast Asia (Framework, case studies)
  • Mr. Ang Kiam Meng,Group CEO and Executive Director of JUMBO Group
  • Jamie Lim, CEO/Regional Marketing Director, Scanteak, House of Teak (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Day 5
  • Project Presentation

To assess understanding, learners will go through a combination of formative and summative assessments including a group project and presentation.

Subject Credits

Upon completion and satisfying the requirements of passing this course, learners will be awarded 12 subject credits.

Course Fees and Funding

Full course fee inclusive of prevailing GST

You pay

SkillsFuture Course Fee subsidy (70%)

  • For Singapore Citizens < 40 years old 
  • For Permanent Residents

You pay

Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy (90%)

  • For Singapore Citizens ≥ 40 years old

You pay

Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (90%)

  • For SME - Sponsored employees

You pay

The above module fee payable is inclusive of 9% GST. 


Chin Min Han Andrew
Instructor, SUTD Academy

With close to 25 years of experience in education and publishing industry in Asia, Andrew Chin's multi-sector career has enabled him to experience the full spectrum of the education ecosystem in his roles as a Singapore EDB officer handling the World-Class University portfolio and the Specialist Information & Publishing Industry portfolio, Chief Representative & Country Manager (China) at Thomson Learning (Fortune 500 company), Cofounder & CEO for an early childhood education business, and Business Development Director (Universities) at Sodexo Group (Fortune 500 company) for Asia Pacific region.

After working 10 years in Beijing, China, Andrew returned to Singapore to work closely with the top leadership at Singapore Management University (SMU) on SMU China & East Asia Initiatives in Sept 2012. He is currently Program Director of SMU Executive Certificate in China Business, and Program Director of SMU Internationalisation Series. He teaches as an Adjunct Faculty of Strategy & Organization at SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business since Jan 2017. He teaches undergraduate courses, Masters courses and Executive Education courses effectively in English and Chinese.

Andrew Chin graduated from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China with a Tsinghua-MIT Sloan International Masters of Business Administration degree under the Singapore Government’s Asian Business Fellows (ABF) Scholarship Program. He has a Bachelor of Business Administration with Second Class (Upper) Honours degree from National University of Singapore.

With Singapore Management University (SMU)'s nomination, Andrew is recognized as a Specialist Adult Educator (Curriculum Development) under the Adult Education Professionalization (AEP) initiative, a national level initiative under Singapore’s SkillsFuture.

Policies and Financing Options

SSG Funding Terms and Conditions

Use of Personal Details

In consideration of the subsidy provided by SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (“SSG”) through the SUTD Academy for the Course,

I consent to:

The collection, use and disclosure to relevant third parties of my personal data by the SUTD Academy including but not limited to personal particulars, attendance records, assessment/performance records, for the following purposes:

  1. Reporting of national statistics and conducting of holistic continuing education training research and analysis;

  2. Facilitate the conduct of the relevant surveys and audits in relation to the Course;

  3. General administration of the Course including but not limited to processing of the subsidy provided by SSG;

  4. Publicity and marketing of the Course or other Courses to be provided by SSG or SUTD Academy; and

  5. SSG or its Appointed Auditors or Nominated Representatives to directly contact Course Participant to obtain information deemed necessary for the purposes of conducting effectiveness survey or audits in relation to the Course.

I agree to:

  1. Attend and complete all lectures, class exercises, workshops and assessments;

  2. Complete the Course feedback at the end of the Course;

  3. Complete the post Course survey sent about 3 to 6 months after class attendance; and

  4. Sign up for a personal email account.

SUTD Privacy Statement

For more information on SUTD's privacy statement, please visit https://sutd.edu.sg/Privacy-Statement.

SUTD Terms and Conditions

Methods of Payment

Learn more about the available payment modes.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

  1. If a written notification is sent to sutd_academy@sutd.edu.sg within 24 hours after course registration deadline there will be no cancellation charges. A full refund will be made. 

  2. No refund is provided if written notification is more than 24 hours after course registration deadline. SUTD Academy reserves the rights to collect the full fee amount from the participant.

Replacement Policy

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course by giving a 3-working day notice before the course commencement date to sutd_academy@sutd.edu.sg. Terms and conditions apply.

Registration Policy

  1. Course may be cancelled due to insufficient participants. SUTD Academy will not be responsible or liable in any way for any claims, damages, losses, expenses, costs or liabilities whatsoever (including, without limitation, any direct or indirect damages for loss of profits, business interruption or loss of information) resulting or arising directly or indirectly from any course cancellation.

  2. Course enrolment is based on a first-come, first-served basis.

  3. SUTD Academy reserves the right to change or cancel any course or instructor due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Types of Funding

Funding under Mid-Career Enhanced Subsidy ("MCES")

  1. MCES is an enhanced Subsidy to encourage mid-career individuals to upskill and reskill, thereby helping them to remain competitive and resilient in the job market. With this, all Singaporeans aged 40 and above will receive higher subsidies of up to 90% course fee subsidy for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  2. Individuals/employers are not required to submit an application for the MCES. Those pursuing SSG-funded programmes will be charged the appropriate subsidised fees by SUTD Academy if they are eligible MCES. Individuals/employers will only need to pay the nett fee (full course fee after SSG's grant).

    For more info, please visit SkillsFuture website at https://www.skillsfuture.gov.sg/enhancedsubsidy

Funding under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs ("ETSS")

  1. ETSS is an enhanced funding to enable SMEs to send their employees for training.

  2. SMEs will enjoy subsidies of up to 90% of the course fees when they sponsor their employees for SSG-funded certifiable courses.

  3. In addition to higher course fee funding, SMEs can also claim absentee payroll funding of 80% of basic hourly salary at a higher cap of $7.50 per hour. SMEs may apply for the absentee payroll via the SkillsConnect system.

  4. To qualify, SMEs must meet all of the following criteria:
    - Organisation must be registered or incorporated in Singapore
    - Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million
    - Trainees must be hired in accordance with the Employment Act and fully sponsored by their employers for the course
    - Trainees must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents

    For more info, please visit SSG website at https://www.ssg.gov.sg/programmes-and-initiatives/funding/enhanced-training-support-for-smes1.html

Funding under Union Training Assistance Programme ("UTAP")

UTAP is a training benefit for NTUC members to defray their cost of training. This benefit is to encourage more union members to go for skills upgrading.

NTUC members enjoy 50% unfunded course fee support for up to $250 each year when you sign up for courses supported under UTAP (Union Training Assistance Programme).

For more info, please visit https://e2i.com.sg/individuals/ntuc-education-and-training-fund/.

Funding under Post-Secondary Education Account ("PSEA")

The Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) is part of the Post-Secondary Education Scheme to help pay for the post-secondary education of Singaporeans.

This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete their post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account.

It is administered by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.

Account holders can use their PSEA funds to pay for their own or their siblings’ approved fees and charges for approved programs conducted by approved institutions.

However, you will have to check your eligibility and balance by contacting MOE first.

Contact MOE at (65) 6260 0777

E-mail to MOE at contact@moe.edu.sg

Click here for MOE website.