Global Indian International School launches unique entrepreneurship programme in Singapore

Global Indian International School (GIIS), one of Asia’s leading international schools, announced the launch of its first entrepreneurship boot camp. An initiative under the Global Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (GCIE), this boot camp is currently for students aged between 14 to 17 (Grades 9 to 12). This initiative was launched in its Singapore campus, but plans are underway for a launch in its five India campuses very soon.

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GCIE’s first intensive three-day entrepreneurship boot camp ended on Sunday with a ‘pitch day’ where students pitched their startup ideas to potential investors for their final presentation. The weekend session is the first of many being led by Ash Singh, Adjunct Professor and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the INSEAD Business School’s Singapore campus.

The boot camp comprises hands-on workshops and takes our students on an experiential journey that starts with the creative spark of an idea, through the development of that idea to finally pitching it to real-world investors who may end up investing their capital into the business proposals. The goal of the boot camp is to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in students and experience entrepreneurial pursuits as part of its holistic 9GEMS™ framework.

Professor Singh said, “Exposure to entrepreneurship, especially at the high school level, is important for equipping our future generation with the confidence and uninhibited creativity that will be necessary to deal with the future. I applaud GIIS for this initiative as it will inspire young entrepreneurs and give them a head start in their future careers.”

Rohit Ambekar, Director Business and Strategy, Global Indian International School
Rohit Ambekar, Director Business and Strategy, Global Indian International School. Photo courtesy: LinkedIn

Rohit Ambekar, Director Business and Strategy, Global Indian International School, said, “At GIIS we believe that entrepreneurship and innovation is a critical future skillset. We are dedicated to creating more of these kinds of non-traditional learning models available for our students and help prepare them to become future global leaders and thinkers.”

This weekend boot camp saw 26 enthusiastic participants from GIIS, pitching with a passion to potential investors – Paul Kewene-Hite, Affiliate Professor of Entrepreneurship INSEAD and Prashant Agarwal – Director -Edge (AIA Group Innovation). The winning team was Soul Tunes, a group of 6 students whose idea was to connect aspiring musicians to the music industry.

Global Indian International School (GIIS) is a global network of award-winning premier international schools with more than 15,000 students across 20 campuses in Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, UAE, Vietnam and India. Founded in 2002, GIIS offers a comprehensive range of International and Indian curricula for Kindergarten to Year 12 students. These include the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), Cambridge IGCSE, the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) and the Global Montessori Plus programme.