Protege Ventures is the first student venture fund in Southeast Asia. A joint initiative by Kairos ASEAN and the Singapore Management University (SMU), it leverages Kairos network in the regional startup ecosystem as well as SMU's expertise in entrepreneurial know-how to prepare university students for real world success in venture capitalism and entrepreneurship.

Students will learn from “the other side” of the startup landscape through curated, structured training and mentorship from seasoned VCs to practise venture capital knowledge and skills. Student VCs will be equipped and guided to source for student ventures, conduct due diligence, pitch to the investment committee and contribute to investment decisions. Innovative student ventures will receive funding from Protege Ventures' VC sponsors as well as post-investment support.

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  • SMU is excited to partner with Kairos ASEAN on this innovative initiative. The multi-sector collaboration will enable us to share SMU IIE’s knowledge with more students through the Kairos ASEAN network, and together bring more value to VCs and young entrepreneurs.

    Gerard George

    Dean, SMU Lee Kong Chian School of Business

  • “Protege Ventures is the first student VC initiative in Southeast Asia. We want to leverage on Kairos ASEAN and the Singapore Management University’s network and expertise to provide quality training and dealflow for students and VCs in the regional startup ecosystem “

    Chen Lujie

    Vice-President, KAIROS ASEAN