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Welcome SMEs

The Entrepreneur Shadow Programme is a latest collaboration between UOB and UOB-SMU Asia Enterprise Institute. Through the programme, conducted by UOB-SMU AEI, small business owners can tap on talented penultimate and final year undergraduates at the Singapore Management University (SMU) to help them look into areas of improvements for their businesses.

The host has to be someone with a management role and/or with functional duties. Participating companies coming on board this programme must have a clear idea on what it is looking to achieve: ie, a fresh take on the company’s operations/processes and identify the possible areas for improvement.


  • At least 51% local equity

  • The SME should be in business for at least one year or the entrepreneur(s) have committed at least SGD100,000 in their business

  • Projects must be beneficial to the SMEs

  • Projects must provide students with meaningful experience and exposure to business issues and problems

  • The host assigned is preferably a management-position holder with functional role/s

Application Process

  • Complete the online Project Request Sheet

  • Email the complete form to

  • Staff from the Institute will contact applicants to obtain further details

  • Requests will be reviewed by the Institute based on internal guidelines

  • If approved, a team of 2 student consultants and project mentor will be assigned to the project


  • The fees for the Entrepreneur Shadow Programme is at S$800 per project:

    • S$400 being stipend payable to the student team

    • S$400 being honorarium payable to the project mentorr

  • As part of UOB-SMU AEI's effort to support SMEs, a 50% subsidy will be granted to eligible companies, thus the cost to the SME is at $400 per project.

  • In addition, a S$300 will be collected upfront from the company to help the student team defray any miscellaneous expenses which may be incurred during the course of work (e.g. transport, printing).  Any unused amount will be refunded at the end of the project.

Please email us at if you have any enquiries.

Last updated on 08 May 2018 .

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