Internationalisation Series: Tech Opportunities in Boston for Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

This programme is focused on experiential learning and incorporates case studies workshops, panel discussions, site visits and class presentations to enable participants to achieve the following:

•    Boston is a global technological innovation hub, especially in Healthtech, Edtech, Fintech, & Robotics. Boston is famous for being the place where young entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook) and Drew Houston (Dropbox) started their companies. The well-known start-up accelerator YCombinator started in Boston. In June 2022. Amazon opened its Boston Tech Hub where 2000 Amazon staff work on inventing and innovating on behalf of customers. This programme will update business owners and senior management on the latest technogical innovations & collaboration opportunities in Boston: 
          o    Understand the latest technology, innovation and entrepreneurship landscape in Boston;
          o    Visit Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  to learn about its technology and innovation ecosystems including MIT Media Lab, and to explore collaborations with its technologies & spinoffs
          o    Visit Harvard University  to learn about their technology & innovation ecosystems including Harvard Innovation Labs, and to explore collaborations
•    Understand the dynamism of Boston and foreign investment incentives;
•    Benefit from business networking sessions with Boston tech leaders (business owners & senior management) 
•    Design a business strategy for implementation

Course Details

Course Dates:
No dates available 

6 days


Who Should Attend


Business owners and senior management from trading, manufacturing and logistics ecosystem


  • Basic knowledge in technology, manufacturing and retail 

Programme Outline

Learning Objectives
•    Acquire the latest knowledge on Boston's technology, innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem;
•    Evaluate potential partnerships from business networking sessions, and site visits 
•    Evaluate the business opportunities  
•    Create a business strategy for implementation 
Day 1 (Full day - Singapore)

Pre-trip in Singapore: Strategy Workshop: Opportunities in Boston for Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

Site Visit: MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL)

  • MIT CSAIL is a research institute at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) formed by the 2003 merger of the Laboratory for Computer Science (LCS) and the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI Lab). Its spinoffs include Dropbox, Boston Dynamics' robot dog Spot 
  • Collaboration opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry
Seminar, Networking Session and Dinner in Boston (Sunday)             
  • Seminar: Opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry
  • Collaborative discussion with potential local partners
Day 2 (Full day - Boston)

Site visit: Boston Mayor Office
•    Understand Boston’s business ecosystem and government incentives.
•    Business opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

Seminar, Lunch and Networking Session 
•    Seminar: Opportunities for  Singapore - Boston Tech Ecosystem
•    Collaborative discussion with Boston business leaders
•    In-depth partnership discussions with Boston Mayor Office & business leaders

Site visit: Google
•    Understand Google’s innovation ecosystem ,and related companies in Boston
•    Collaboration opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

Day 3 (Full day - Boston)

Site Visit: Harvard University
•    Understand the global leadership strategy in driving innovation, including AI & Web3
•    Workshop with leading innovation experts and company leaders

Seminar, Lunch and Networking Session 
•    Seminar on "Huawei's Global Partnership Ecosystem: Trends & Opportunities"
•    Partnership discussions with innovation experts and company leaders

Site visit: Harvard Innovation Labs, Harvard University
•    Understand Harvard’s innovation ecosystem and related companies in AR/VR Studio, Maker Studio & Media Studio
•    Opportunities for  Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry

Sharing & Networking Session with Harvard Innovation Labs
•    Panel discussion by selected Harvard Innovation Labs' company founders & SUTD participants
•    Networking with potential partners

Day 4 (Full day - Boston)

Site Visit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
•    Understand the MIT's innovation & entrepreneurship ecosystem, including leading technologies and tech start-ups. MIT spin-offs generated US$2 trillion annual revenue,  equivalent of the 11th-largest economy in the world.
•    Explore partnership 

Site Visit: MIT Media Lab 
•    The MIT Media Lab is a MIT research laboratory which is not restricted to fixed academic disciplines, but draws from technology, media, science, art, and design. Its Consortium Lab Members include Google,  McKinsey, IDEO, Samsung & Dentsu. Learn about emerging new technologies and innovations
•    Explore partnership opportunities 

Day 5 (Full day - Boston)

Site visit: MIT
•    Workshop on "Leading Digital Transformation" with leading MIT experts and business leaders

Site visit: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)
•    Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), established in 1999 in Massachusetts, U.S., operates the world's largest full-service office innovation centers, housing more than 2,000 startups, venture capital firms, major corporations, and certified professionals worldwide. Google set up its New England headquarters in CIC in 2005, & Android co-founder Rich Miner was the first person to move in.
•    Understand the CIC's innovation & entreprenuership ecosystem, including workshop session with leading company founders
•    Explore collaboration opportunities 

Day 6 (Full day - Boston)

Site visit: Kendall and Central Square innovation hubs such as The Engine, and cutting-edge ventures visits
•    Explore collaboration opportunities

Hands-on Strategy Workshop: Collaborations with Boston tech companies for Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry
•    Participants to use a strategy framework to create their respective strategy

Roundtable on " Collaborations with Boston tech companies for Singapore Technology, Manufacturing & Retailing Industry"
•    Panel Discussion 

  •   Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) rep 
  •   SGTech rep
  •   Regional Director, Enterprise Singapore 

•    All participants to share with their respective Strategy

Andrew Chin 
Lead Instructor, SUTD Internationalisation Series

  • Presentation of company's business strategy to capture business opportunties

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. 

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Chin Min Han Andrew
Lead Instructor, SUTD Internationalisation Series
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.

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