Internships with Singapore's deep tech start-ups


In mathematics, summation (∑) is the addition of a sequence of numbers, the result is their sum or total. ∑ is SGInnovate's new apprenticeship opportunity developed with the summation theory in mind -

to transform students' experience, knowledge and skills gained over the years, culminating into a "total"; an application of what was learnt before entering the workplace.

Over 3-12 months, a curated pool of student in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) disciplines from local and overseas Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) will be placed within a select number of Singapore's promising deep technology startups.

Students will partnered with experienced software and engineering professionals to embark on innovative and exciting projects focusing on technologies like Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning, with the aim of helping start-ups solve real work issues and overcoming stumbling blocks.

∑ will enable students to gain invaluable feedback and mentorship during this apprenticeship journey, while providing them an opportunity to hone and test their skills – to be better at their game.

Key Features & Value Proposition for Apprentice

Attractive Stipend

Attractive Stipend

  • Receive a minimum stipend of S$3,000 every month.
  • Reimbursement of lodging & travel expenses. (applicable for overseas students)
Projects with Mentorship Opportunities

Work on Highly Innovative Projects with Mentorship Opportunities

Be part of the team working on exciting projects on cutting-edge technologies like Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning! A highly skilled technical staff within the start-up software and engineering team will be mentoring you. (Seriously... where else can you find such wonderful opportunities?)

Dynamic and Fun

Dynamic & Fun Startup Environment

Want a strong sense of ownership and responsibility to be creative and unearth skills and qualities you never knew you had? Embark on a project with participating start-ups for a once-in-a-lifetime journey!

Apprentice Requirements

Profile of Eligible Students

Profile of Eligible Students

  • Polytechnics: You should be in your final year and in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
  • Universities: You should be an undergraduate in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
Strong technical knowledge and quality of projects

Strong technical knowledge and quality of projects

  • You will go through a series of assessments to determine if you are a suitable candidate.
  • You will also be evaluated on the quality of the projects that you have embarked on.

SGInnovate Summation (∑) Programme Process


Application is closed

Application is closed. Please email for queries related to SGInnovate Summation Programme.


Shortlisting and Technical Assessment of Apprentices(Feb 2018)

Shortlisted students will be informed and SGInnovate will arrange for a day within the time frame to conduct an assessment of your programming skills.


Start-Up & Apprentice Mashup(Mid Feb - Early Mar 2018)

Shortlisted startups and students will meet up for a "speed dating" networking session to understand each other. Placements will be offered to selected apprentices on the day itself.


Results of Offer(Mar 2018)

Apprentices to confirm their placement in March.


Mentor – Apprentice Hangout Session(Apr 2018)

Mentors and apprentices will hang out with each other, get to know each other better and prepare for launch.


Start of Summation Programme(May 2018)

Official Start of SGInnovate Summation Programme

Frequently Asked Questions on Summation Programmes

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