Message from Programme Director

The SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP) is a true education innovation and a first-of-its-kind in the world. The mission of STEP is to nurture technically grounded entrepreneurs, like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Morris Chang and Pony Ma.

The innovative curriculum of STEP combines SUTD’s signature design-centric undergraduate programme with a one-year global exposure and a MSc project. The graduates of STEP will combine the mastery of a specialised technological field (e.g., AI, Fintech, 3D Printing, Nano materials) with deep understanding and acumen of entrepreneurship. STEP graduates are most suitable to take on founder or leadership roles in new technology ventures and venture capital investment firms or play a transformational role in established organisations that aspire to innovate or government agencies that support innovation and entrepreneurship.

STEP is a social-technical and international programme. During the one-year overseas immersion, students will have the opportunity to be immersed in the entrepreneurial culture and environment in different countries/continents. These immersion experiences will allow students to actively learn how the world’s leading entrepreneurship ecosystems work.

STEP is a deep-tech programme. The research master thesis, under the supervision of tenure-track faculty, pushes students to the global frontiers of a chosen domain of technology and innovation. University research is often on cutting-edge ideas and provides possibilities to make fundamental impact to the world. In turn, students may discover deep-tech entrepreneurship opportunities, with high technical barriers and sustainable competitive advantages.

STEP is a cultural programme and a community of like-minded people. STEP students and graduates are ambitious and innovative, curiosity-driven self-learners and cross-culture leaders. They desire to make an impact to the society. The learning and growth of STEP students are also supported by an international network of mentors, who themselves are innovators, entrepreneurs and leaders that share our values. This community provides probably the most essential value in STEP.

If you share these entrepreneurial and global values and aspire to achieve life impact via both technology and entrepreneurship, we welcome you to join our community!

Jianxi Luo
Associate Professor, Engineering Product Development
Programme Director for SUTD Technology Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP)


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