ESSEC-LKYSPP Joint Program – Entrepreneurship & Innovation Capstone Program |

ESSEC-LKYSPP Joint Program – Entrepreneurship & Innovation Capstone Program

Asia as a rapidly growing continent is full of great business opportunities, creating a strong wave of successful entrepreneurs and new ventures. Entrepreneurship and innovation has been contributing significantly to the economic growth of many Asian countries, and will continue to be the key players in cracking new value-creation business and disruptive technology.

The ESSEC-LKYSPP Entrepreneurship and Innovation Capstone Program aims to cultivate a powerful entrepreneurial mindset in Asian leaders by offering a unique and comprehensive learning experience for participants to acquire sustainable entrepreneurial skills to turn novel ideas into successful ventures. The program covers the important aspects of new venture growth, including conception, innovation, venture financing, and marketing and economy issues, all with a special focus on the Asian business landscape.

The Capstone Project launches throughout the program, and provides a state-of-the-art platform for participants to develop a new business and ready-to-go solutions from real-life cases. The project is designed to deliver high-value experiential learning and build authentic business models and revenue streams.

Key Information

Programme date 12 Jun 2017 - 16 Jun 2017
Venue: Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772
Programme cost:

S$8,000*+ 7% GST;

S$6,400* +7% GST (for group registrations of 3 and above)

*Fee is inclusive of lunch, refreshments and learning support materials


Executive Education Department
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
National University of Singapore
469C Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259772

Tel: (65) 6516 8697/ (65) 6601 1183
Fax: (65) 6872 9291

Application Deadline: 12 May 2017

Programme Objectives

  • Understand the context of regional economy and the changing business landscapes
  • Gain in-depth insights into the complex challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship
  • Explore the process of innovation and implement ideas for sustainable business
  • Acquire valuable skills for entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship financing by leveraging on available funding options

Target Audience

  • CEO/COO of small medium enterprises who look forward to scale their businesses
  • Country mangers and business unit heads who are exploring expansion of their businesses in new markets or new product categories
  • Senior managers in the government and non-profit organizations who are poised to spearhead entrepreneurship in their countries or working environment
  • Aspiring entrepreneurs, local and regional founders of start-ups and new ventures


Mr. Manu Bhaskaran
Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Policy Studies

Mr. Manu Bhaskaran is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Policy Studies, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. He is also concurrently Partner and Member of the Board, Centennial Group Inc, a policy advisory group based in Washington DC where he heads the Group’s economic research practice. He co-leads the institute’s work in the area of economics. His major area of research interest is the Singapore economy and the policy options it faces. Prior to his current positions, he worked for 13 years at the investment banking arm of Societe Generale as its Chief Economist for Asia. He began his professional career at Singapore’s Ministry of Defence, focusing on regional security and strategic issues. He graduated from Cambridge University with a Masters of Arts and also has a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Prof. Fabrice Cavarretta
Associate Professor, ESSEC Business School

Prof. Fabrice Cavarretta is an Associate Professor in the Management Department at ESSEC Business School, where he has been recognized for teaching excellence in ESSEC top-10 faculty ranking list for many years. Prof. Cavarretta has done extensive researches on extreme performances & leadership, lean venturing & entrepreneurship, and network effects. Apart from his academic research, he is the board members and advisory committee of various manufacturing and venture capital firms. Prof. Cavarretta has delivered customized leadership and intrapreneurship programs for various corporate clients such as Lindt, Samsung, Celio, La Poste, LVMH, Dentsu, Biogaran. He holds a MSc in Computer Engineering from Stanford University, a MBA from Harvard Business School before completing his PhD in Management at INSEAD.

Prof. Arijit Chatterjee
Associate Professor, ESSEC

Prof. Arijit Chatterjee is an associate professor at ESSEC. He received his post-graduate degree in management from the Indian Institute of Management at Ahmedabad and PhD in Business Administration from the Pennsylvania State University. Prof. Chatterjee’s research on executive narcissism, strategic decision-making, and the antecedents of risk-taking has received the Outstanding Publication award and the Sumantra Ghoshal Research & Practice Award from the Academy of Management. He serves on the editorial board of Administrative Science Quarterly and is currently working on several papers to understand how business and society interact (or have interacted in the past) in the emerging markets, with a particular focus on India.

At ESSEC, Prof. Chatterjee teaches strategy in the masters programs, globalization and entrepreneurship in the PhD program, and strategic leadership in the executive education programs.

Mr. UDay Deshpande
Co-founder and Partner of Tenshi Peak Ventures

Mr. UDay Deshpande is the Co-founder and Partner of Tenshi Peak Ventures. He is active angel investor. His angel investment portfolio among others includes Education, Green Energy, Internet of Things (IoT), Gaming and Indoor fitness Technology. He is active in Private Equity industry and leads creation and optimization of share holders’ value. He has mentored and worked with businesses and its teams at various stages of ‘business life cycle’. He brings an invaluable insight to the founders and management in nurturing their business. He has over 30 years of experience in diverse industries such as Oil and Gas, FMCG / Distribution, Branded Retail / Fashion and has held Senior Management (Global and Regional) roles in multiple geographies; Asia-Pacific (Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore), Middle East and Europe. His experiences span from MNCs to Family owned businesses to Private Equity both in structured and unstructured environment. He is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at INSEAD and Mentor in Residence at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology.

Donald Low
Associate Dean (Executive Education & Research) & Associate Professor (Practice), Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Donald Low is Associate Dean (Research and Executive Education) at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Besides leading the School’s executive education efforts, he also heads its Case Study Unit. His research interests at the School include economics in public policy, inequality and social spending, behavioural economics, public finance, organisational change, and governance and politics in Singapore.

Prior to his current appointment, Donald served 15 years in the Singapore government in various senior positions. During that time, he established the Centre for Public Economics at the Civil Service College of Singapore. He was Director of Fiscal Policy at the Ministry of Finance from 2004 to 2005, and Director of Strategic Policy Office in the Public Service Division from 2006 to 2007. Donald holds a double first in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University, and a Masters in International Public Policy from The Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. He is currently Vice President at the Economics Society of Singapore.

Prof. Jan Ondrus
Associate Professor, Information Systems and Chair of Networked Business Models at ESSEC Business School, Singapore

Prof. Jan Ondrus is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Chair of Networked Business Models at ESSEC Business School in Singapore. Additionally, he is Director of Research for the Center of Excellence in Digital Business and for the ESSEC Media & Entertainment Chair. His research interests include e-/m-business, mobile payments, digital platforms strategy & economics, digital business models & innovation, technology forecasting, disruptive innovation management, and telecommunication policy. He currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Information Systems Journal (ISJ) and Electronic Commerce Research and Applications (ECRA). His teaching covers IT management and digital related courses in the Grande Ecole program (MSc in Management), Global MBA, Advanced Masters, PhD, and Executive Education programs. Prof. Ondrus holds a MSc and PhD in Information Systems from HEC Lausanne (University of Lausanne) in Switzerland.

Prof. Razeen Sally
Associate Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy

Prof. Razeen Sally is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at the National University of Singapore. He is Chairman of the Institute of Policy Studies, the main economic-policy think tank in his native Sri Lanka. Previously he taught at the London School of Economics, where he received his PhD. He has been Director of the European Centre for International Political Economy, a global-economy think tank in Brussels. He has held visiting research and teaching positions at Institut D’Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris, the Australian National University, the University of Hong Kong, the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Singapore, and Dartmouth College in the USA. He was also Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Competitiveness. He is an Adjunct Scholar at the Cato Institute, and on the advisory boards of the Institute of Economic Affairs (UK) and the Centre for Independent Studies (Australia). He is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society. His research and teaching focuses on global trade policy and Asia in the world economy.

Dr. Yap Kwong Weng
Chief Executive Officer, Leap Group

Dr. Yap Kwong Weng is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Leap Group. He was previously Chief Operating Officer of Parami Energy Group in Myanmar. Prior to this, he was Deputy General Manager of Jebsen & Jessen-Pun. Before entering the private sector, he served in the Singapore Armed Forces and held positions of Platoon Commander and Leadership Development Head in the Special Forces. He was a graduate of US Navy Seal / BUDS Class 237. As a non-profit leader, Dr. Yap was the former Secretary General of the United Nations Association of Singapore where he developed key international programs; later to raise awareness for the UN Millennium Development Goals, he trekked 100km across the Taklamakan Desert in China. In Cambodia, he is the Country Chair of Global Dignity, a non-partisan organization founded by the Crown Prince of Norway HRH Haakon. He received a BA in Communication from State University of New York at Buffalo, an MBA from the University of Manchester (UK) and a Master in Public Administration from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. Dr. Yap was named as one of the ’25 Young Outstanding Singaporeans’ by Junior Chambers International in 2011, Rotary Peace Fellow by Rotary International, and Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum.

Prof. Kevyn Yong
Dean of ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific and Associate Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School

Prof. Kevyn Yong is the Dean of ESSEC Business School, Asia-Pacific and Associate Professor of Management at ESSEC Business School. Prior to joining ESSEC, he was Associate Professor of Management at HEC Paris and also taught courses at Cornell University and the National University of Singapore. He has been recognized for teaching excellence, notably being awarded the Pedagogy Innovation Prize by the HEC Foundation in 2011 and making the Dean’s Honor Roll at the S.C. Johnson School of Management at Cornell University in 2005 and 2006. While at HEC Paris, he has taught in the EMBA, MBA, PhD, and customized executive programs for the HEC-ATOS Gold Talent Development program in France, the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center in Saudi Arabia, and the RI Advice Group from Australia. In addition, Prof. Yong has also delivered customized leadership and innovation programs for Amazon in Paris, France; EBAY in Shanghai, China; and BNP Paribas in Singapore. Prof. Yong’s expertise includes creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, and leadership, particularly design thinking, strategic leadership, and leading change & digital transformation.

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