The Lean LaunchPad (LLP) programme was launched in 2013 to help research scientists and engineers turn their inventive technologies into commercially viable products and feasible business ventures. Modelled on the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme and taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, the programme is adapted for the local context, designed as an evidence-based innovation platform for the commercialisation of deep technologies.


Since 2018, NTU serves as a decentralised Satellite Node to conduct the LLP programme and catalyse the engagement of academic researchers from all publicly-funded institutes to the programme. The satellite node network will scale up the market potential assessment of more technological innovations, to generate a pipeline of commercialisable technologies that may flow into downstream follow-on programmes.




The LLP is a 10-week programme, with instructor-led workshops based on the teachings of the Business Model Canvas and Value Proposition Canvas to identify product-market fit. The programme is designed as an evidence-based platform through a hands-on approach in customer discovery to validate market needs for such technologies.



Throughout the programme, start-ups will engage with real, potential customers and learn from these experts. The structured approach will help start-ups reduce the uncertainty of commercialising innovations and creating new ventures. In-person coaching by industry mentors is an essential part of the programme. Mentors will meet the teams and mentor them on weekly basis and the whole process will be captured through a web based portal. Mentors will be selected based on their expertise and invited based on their availability.


After 10 weeks, teams will graduate with a clearer sense of how to develop your technologies into commercial products and identify concrete commercialisation pathways forward.


Watch this video to find out more about how you can learn to commercialise your research and inventions with the Lean LaunchPad Singapore programme.



  • Teams with a minimum of 4 members, looking to commercialise a technology that has demonstrated technical feasibility; or
  • NTUitive POC (Gap) Fund awarded teams; or
  • Individuals who can play the role of Entrepreneurial Leads to join existing technology teams. These can be post-grad/doc students, or working professionals with business training or entrepreneurial experience.


*Individuals and teams will be selected based on interviews with track instructors and mentors.



Look out for our next programme run in January 2019!


If you are interested to be a part of the LLPSG NTU run, you may apply here.


For more information, you may call 6592 3130 (Boon Chow) or 6904 1275 (Brenda), or email to LLPSG-NTU@ntu.edu.sg. You can find out more on the official Lean LaunchPad Singapore website.