Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) derives its name from Singapore’s founding prime minister, who developed the country’s defining business plan bringing the Asian city onto the global stage.

It is this spirit of intelligence, entrepreneurship, innovation and ambition the competition enshrines as it invites the brightest minds from the world’s most entrepreneurial universities to come together to tackle the challenges of the 21’st century.

Global Platform

The competition is a platform for Singapore to engage with the global innovation & entrepreneurship community, and showcase our innovation capability and ambition to the rest of the world.


Smart City

This year participants are invited to propose innovative technology/data centric products and services that address the opportunities and challenges a smart city faces in the following areas:

Milestones Date
Launch of Competition Monday, 20th March 2017
Submission Deadline Monday, 26th June 2017
Announcement of Finalists Monday, 14th August 2017
Acceleration Programme for Finalists Monday, 11th September - Friday, 15th September 2017
Finals (Awards presentation and after party) Thursday, 14th September 2017

The submission will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

The submission will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness of Business Idea
  • Commercial Feasibility
  • Impact of Idea - Market, Societal Impact & Sustainability
  • Capability to Execute

Fireside chat

"Easts meets West: A Dialogue on Startups & Venture Capital @ SMU"

Which region of the world will the next unicoms emerge from? Swing by for a Fireside Chat with David Su and Michael Seibel, moderated by Paul Santos, Manager Partner of Wavemaker Partners.

Grand Finals

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition Grand Finals

Come join us as top student startups fly in from across the world to competete in the Grand Finals. Find out who will emerge as the grand winner in 2017!

Office Hours

"1-1 Office Hours with Michael Seibel"

Fast Company has called Y-Combinator "The world's most powerful start-up incubator", and they're looking for the most innovative, disruptive startups in the region. Here's the rare opportunity to pitch your startup to the CEO directly.

* Eligible startups may apply.

Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Smart City Grand Prize
Wavemaker Smart City Investment Grand Prize
AIRmaker Accelerator Prize
PSA unboXed Port and Supply Chain Innovation Prize
Wavemaker B2B Enterprise Investment Prize
Design & Support Prize
Lee & Lee Legal Service Prize
KPMG Corporate Service Prize
Amazon Web Service Prize
IIE Smart Health Prize
IIE Smart Living Prize
IIE Smart Mobility Prize
IIE Smart Services Prize
More prizes will be announced subsequently

Michael Seibel

Y Combinator


Shirley Wong

Managing Partner
TNF Ventures

Board Member
Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore

Professor Lui Pao Chuen

National Research Foundation Singapore

Ministry of National Development

Board Member
Singapore Technologies Electronics

Michael Seibel

Y Combinator

David Su

Founding Managing Partner
Matrix Partners China

Paul Santos

Managing Partner
Wavemaker Partners


Shirley Wong Managing Partner, TNF Ventures

Shirley Wong is an entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in the IT industry. She co-founded Frontline Technologies Corporation Ltd in 1994 and it was listed on the Singapore Exchange in March 2001. Under her stewardship, the company has grown from a team of 8 to 5000 workforce spread across 11 countries in Asia Pacific. The performance of the company caught the attention of British Telecom Global Services which subsequently acquired it. The company was renamed as BT Frontline Pte Ltd. Shirley was appointed Managing Director of BT Frontline Pte Ltd to stabilise the acquisition.

Shirley serves in several infocomm industry board and committees, including being the Chairman of Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), board of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, board of Singapore Science Centre,  Co-Chair of Cyber Security Awareness Alliance, member of  Malaysia Singapore Business Council  and Council member of Temasek Polytechnic IT School Advisory Council.

She is also active in the start-up scene. She has worked with a number of start-ups and is helping them to secure funding, access resources, build market connections and go to markets. She is incredibly passionate about entrepreneurship and is excited to help build the start-up community in Singapore.

As the Managing Partner of TNF, Shirley will be looking out for high potential start-up that has tenacity and capability to make things happen. She will be matching start-ups with the respective investor mentor to ensure that proper guidance and resource is made available for them to be successful.

Michael Seibel CEO, Y Combinator

Michael Seibel was the cofounder and CEO of Justin.tv and Socialcam. Socialcam sold to Autodesk in 2012 and under the leadership of Emmett Shear, Justin.tv became Twitch.tv and sold to Amazon in 2014. Before getting into start-ups, he spent a year as the finance director for a US Senate campaign and in 2005, Michael graduated from Yale University with a BA in political science.

Justin Kan Partner, Y Combinator

Justin Kan is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is the co-founder of live video platforms Justin.tv and Twitch.tv, as well as the mobile social video application Socialcam. He is a partner at venture capital firm Y Combinator. His attempt to broadcast his entire life at Justin.tv popularized the term "lifecasting". Kan also started a Reddit-style electronic music discovery platform, The Drop. He also contributes to the technology news site TechCrunch and co-founded Kiko Software, the first ajax based online calendar, with Emmett Shear. Kan graduated from Yale University in 2005 with degrees in physics and philosophy.

David Su Founding Managing Partner, Matrix Partners China

David Su is a founding managing partner at Matrix Partners China, focused primarily on mobile Internet, software and medical technology investments. David has been investing in China since early 2000 and his investments include Baidu (NSDQ:BIDU), Bona Film (NSDQ:BONA), Focus Media (NSDQ:FMCN), Kanghui Medical (NYSE:KH), AAC Technologies (2018.HK), Heptagon (SIX:AMS), Kingnet Games (SZ:002517), Nanjing Kingfriend Biochemical (SS:603707), Didi Chuxing, Youzan Mobile, Reach Surgical.

Before Matrix, David was a founding general partner of TDF Capital and KPCB China. Prior to joining the venture capital industry, David worked at Lotus Development, IBM Software Group for more than seven years and was last responsible for Lotus’ software and services business in Greater China region. David graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Computer Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

Professor Lui Pao Chuen Advisor, National Research Foundation, ex-Chief Defence Scientist, DSO

Professor Lui Pao Chuen was appointed to the newly created post of Chief Defence Scientist, Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) in 1986. He retired in 2008 after serving 41 years in MINDEF and 22 years of service in the appointment as Chief Defence Scientist. He graduated from the University of Singapore in 1965 with a degree in Science, majoring in Physics. In 1971, he was awarded a postgraduate fellowship by MINDEF. He elected to go to the US Naval Postgraduate School and graduated with a Master degree in Operations Research and Systems Analysis in 1973.

In 1975, he was appointed Special Projects Director .In 1984, he was appointed acting Director, Joint Operations and Plans Directorate of the Ministry of Defence, in additional to his appointment as Director, Special Projects Organisation. In 1986, he was made Senior Director to set up the Defence Material Organization with the amalgamation of the Material Management Organization and the Special Projects Organization. He was also appointed to the newly created post of Chief Defence Scientist.

Prof Lui was on the board of directors of various Government-linked-companies and Government agencies. Currently, he is holding several appointments including the Director of Singapore Technologies Electronics Ltd since 2004, Chairman of Singapore Technologies Dynamics Pte Ltd since 2000, Chairman of Jurong International Holdings Pte Ltd since 2001, Chairman of Sembcorp Design and Construction Pte Ltd since 2006, Chairman, Board of Directors, ATREC Pte Ltd since 2006, Director of Singapore Technologies Kinetic since 2008. He was also a board member of several agencies and institutes including the Tropical Marine Science Institute and CRISP in NUS since 1996, NUS High School Board of Governors since 2006, Executive Committee for Environmental and Water Technologies since 2006 and Public Utilities Board since 2007, member of Governing Board, Centre of Quantum Technologies, NUS since 2007 and member of the Economic Development Board since 2008.

Paul Santos, Managing Partner, Wavemaker Partners

Paul Santos is Managing Partner at Wavemaker Partners and leads its Southeast Asian office. He is an experienced entrepreneur and early stage investor. He co-founded 6 companies and sold 3 of them. He has made over 50 investments in Southeast Asia including Luxola (acquired by LVMH), Pie (acquired by Google) and ArtofClick (acquired by Xurpas). Paul sits on the Board of Directors of the Draper Venture Network (DVN) and on the Advisory Board of the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Innovation Center.


14 August 2017 - After an arduous process of much deliberation and debating over the various qualified entries, our judges have finally nailed down their decisions to the following 32 teams! Congratulations, once again, to the selected teams which will be competing in the Finals in Singapore during September. Remember to check our Facebook page for more updates on current happenings!

14 August 2017 – Congratulations to all teams who made it to the next round! After much deliberation, the Top 40 Finalists for the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition have been selected and we're happy to have entries from leading universities like Harvard, MIT and University of Cambridge. These will be the teams flying in during the week of 11-15 September for the competition, be sure to check our Facebook page for the finalists results.

1 August 2017 - Finalist Announcement Date: We apologize for the delay as we're processing the scores to make sure we've got the best teams covered. The first batch of finalists has been contacted and we are still deliberating on the rest. We'll make the announcement by 14th August 2017 when we have selected all the finalists. Thank you for your patience.

1 August 2017 – Check out our public events held on the 14th & 15th September 2017. Join us at our public events and get a chance to meet "the world's most powerful start-up incubator" CEO, Michael Seibel as well as finding out who emerges as the grand winner of this year’s competition! Register at - Public Events Page.

1 August 2017 – We are pleased to announce our newest silver sponsor for the competition : Toyota Tsusho Asia Pacific Pte Ltd

1 August 2017 – We are pleased to announce our newest prize sponsors for the competition: • Wavemaker- Wavemaker Smart City Investment Grand Prize

14 June 2017 - Submission Deadline Extended to 26 June 2017

We are extending the entry deadline for a short period of time in order to allow participants who register last minute to complete their entries. It is essential that all entries comply with submission guidelines and are complete in all respects.

14 June 2017 - Finalists Announcement Date

The Finalist Announcement will now be made on: 28 July 2017.

2 June 2017 – We are pleased to announce our newest sponsors for the competition: Amazon Web Services – Amazon Web Services Prize

16 May 2017 – We are pleased to announce our newest sponsors for the competition:

  • PSA unboxed - PSA unboXed Port and Supply Chain Innovation Prize
  • Wavemaker- Wavemaker B2B Enterprise Investment Prize
  • KPMG- Corporate Service Prize
  • Mundipharma

16 May 2017 - Learn more about Smart City Health in our video series here.

9 May 2017 - NEW addition to our video series in the following Smart City categories.

9 May 2017 - More FAQs have been added.

2 May 2017 - Learn more about smart city innovations in our video series here. First episode is now available for watching.

2 May 2017 - Details of the prizes is now available. More information will be added soon.

24 April 2017 - 李光耀全球创新创业比赛中文版网站现已推出。 点击这里查看中文。

10 April 2017 — We are pleased to announce that David Su, founding managing partner of Matrix Partners China, will be judging at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan 2017. David leads his firm’s investments in consumer internet, Mobile and medical technology. To date, he has invested in many leading companies, of which 9 of them become “unicorns” of more than $1B in value, the latest being Youzan, that was recently listed in Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

10 April 2017NEW addition to subthemes in the following Smart City categories:

  • Mobility: Crowd Management & Congestion Management
  • Services: Smart retail and cyber security
  • Living: Smart production/manufacturing