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Press Release: Protégé Ventures Bets on ZOLO to Transform Southeast Asia’s Food Sector with a Pre-Seed Investment

The investment in ZOLO, an AI-powered B2B software, marks the conclusion of Protégé Ventures (PV) Fund I – which has made a total of 11 strategic investments since its inception in 2017. Singapore, 28 February 2024 – Protégé Ventures (PV), Singapore’s only student-led venture capital fund and the first such fund in Southeast Asia, has…

Introducing our 2023/2024 team!

In this blog post, we’re excited to introduce you to the latest members of Protégé Ventures, as they join our team in the new academic year. Join us in getting to know these talented individuals, their backgrounds, aspirations, and the unique qualities they bring to our evolving team. These new members are the driving force…

Press Release: Protégé Ventures Launches S$500,000 Fund II to Fuel Early-Stage Technology Start-ups Led by Student Founders

SINGAPORE, 11 September 2023: Protégé Ventures (PV), a student-run venture fund programme set up by the Singapore Management University Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SMU IIE), has launched the Marina & David Su Protégé Ventures Fund II.   (Left to Right) Sherwin Ng, Managing Partner of Protégé Ventures, Anaanya Bijay, Managing Partner of Protégé Ventures, Prof Lim Sun…

Protégé Ventures Releases Its 2023 Singapore Student Startup Ecosystem Report

Protégé Venture’s annual Singapore Student Startup Ecosystem Report aims to highlight the extensive opportunities for innovation and enterprise within the tertiary education institutes. This year, we delve deeper into the contributions of key stakeholders, such as university incubators, student clubs, and student startup competitions, to empower student entrepreneurs on their journey to create the next…

Applications for Protégé Venture’s 2023/24 student analyst roles are open!

Are You a Driven & Analytical Student Who is Interested in Venture Capital and Startup Ecosystem? Protégé Ventures is now recruiting for its 2023 student venture capitalists (VCs) batch! From now till 8 July 2023, we are inviting all university undergraduates and postgraduates, as well as all polytechnics students in Singapore to apply! As Southeast…

Protégé Ventures Announces Its 10th Investment in Angie’s Tempeh

We’re thrilled to announce our latest Pre-Seed investment in Angie’s Tempeh, a company that’s revolutionizing the way we enjoy this beloved protein. By using only certified organic, non-GMO beans and cultures and avoiding flours and starches, Angie’s Tempeh provides a healthier, more sustainable alternative to traditional tempeh. Their unpasteurized approach ensures that each bite is…

Meet the Protégé Ventures 21′-22′ Team!

Founded by a group of working professionals in 2017, Southeast Asia’s first student-run venture fund was born. As the venture capital scene in Singapore continues to mature, larger amounts of capital continue to flow into the startup ecosystem. However, there was a lack of systematic training programmes to equip students with venture capital knowledge and…

Internship Experience with Stockbit — Jarod Hong

Over the summer, through the Global Innovation Immersion programme organized by SMU’s Institute of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, I secured an internship with Stockbit, an Indonesian financial services FinTech company with > 1 million users. I took on this opportunity as Indonesia is one of the largest markets in South East Asia and I wanted to…

Singapore’s University Start-Up Eco-system Report

Since Protégé Ventures’ inception in 2017, we have witnessed 4 years of phenomenal growth in the student start-up space, and worked with many talented founders and outstanding ecosystem players in the process. 2 years ago, our team looked at the major trends and patterns we present in the student start-up ecosystem, and expressed our findings…

Meet the New Protégé Ventures Team!

In 2017, a group of working professionals came together to set up Southeast Asia’s first student venture fund. Despite the massive influx of capital into the startup ecosystem in Singapore, there was a dearth of systematic training programmes to equip students with venture capital knowledge and skills. We set out to change that paradigm and…

PV Spotlight: TalentTribe

Turning down a prestigious job offer to help other fresh grads Protégé Ventures (“PV”) is dedicated to investing in exceptional student founders who possess a set of differentiating qualities that set them apart from other young founders. While there isn’t a rigid checklist of qualities we apply in our assessment of founders, we do place…

The University Startup Ecosystem in Singapore

The University Startup Ecosystem in Singapore Since Protégé Ventures’ inception in 2017 as Southeast Asia’s first student-run venture fund, our team has had the privilege of forming deeper connections within the local university startup ecosystem — with founders, angel investor networks, startup incubators and accelerators, and early-stage venture capital (“VC”) firms. Over the past two...