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Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

Translating startup ideas into visually compelling illustrations for one of Asia's largest university-led startup challenges.

2023 | Singapore | Hand-Drawn Illustrations

The Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC) is a biennial university startup challenge in Singapore which is organised by the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (IIE) at Singapore Management University. ​

11th edition of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

Themed “Innovations Beyond Boundaries”, the 11th edition of the LKYGBPC brings together the brightest minds from the world’s most entrepreneurial universities to address the challenges of the 21st century and reimagine a smart, sustainable and resilient future.

The startups varied across industries, each had a unique vision, and Idea Ink was tasked with translating these visions into visually compelling illustrations. Our illustrators extracted key information from the brief to determine visual elements that would best represent the uniqueness of each startup.

Illustrations by Idea Ink
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In its 11th edition this year, LKYGBPC has evolved into a platform that attracts disruptive and transformative youth-driven innovations with the potential to shape industries, address complex urban challenges, and generate positive societal impact on a significant scale. Over the past five years, finalists from previous editions of the LKYGBPC have collectively raised more than US$845 million (over S$1.151 billion), a strong testament to the real-world impact and investment potential of their ventures.

11th edition of the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition

This year holds a special significance for the LKYGBPC as Singapore celebrates the 100th birth anniversary of our founding Prime Minister Mr. Lee Kuan Yew. It was his visionary leadership that propelled Singapore onto the global stage. SMU is honoured to be hosting the 11th LKYGBPC in celebration of the entrepreneurial spirit of our founding Prime Minister. Mr Lee’s legacy continues to inspire us as we cultivate and empower generations of changemakers,” said Professor Lily Kong, President of SMU (新加坡管理大学校长江莉莉教授).

“Finally, in the spirit of our Competition theme, ‘Innovation beyond Boundaries”, may the LKYGBPC continue to be a launchpad for new collaborations, strengthening our innovation and entrepreneurship communities. May we boldly pioneer new pathways to redefine possibilities that lie beyond our knowledge today,” Professor Lily Kong added.

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