Summer School 2004

The inaugural U21 Summer School & Symposium was hosted by the National University of Singapore from 5 - 12 July 2004. With a theme of Global Technology Entrepreneurship, the aim of the initiative was to inculcate a global and entrepreneurial mindset among the students through interactive learning and exposure to opportunities outside their own countries.

Through the course of the week-long Summer School, a total of 90 students learnt about the process of translating a real-life technological invention into a commercially viable product or service in the marketplace. Students were accompanied by 21 mentors/faculty advisors from the participating universities.

A two-day symposium concluded the event and featured a number of keynote addresses by prominent entrepreneurs and academic scholars. As part of the Summer School, 18 teams from 14 universities competed in the business plan competition - a first for the network and a chance for top students from member universities to showcase their entrepreneurial skills. The business plan competition was won by a team from The University of Auckland (including a guest student from the University of Edinburgh), with their commercialisation plan for technology based on contactless energy. Teams from the University of Virginia and the University of Queensland were awarded 2nd and 3rd places in the competition, respectively.

Winning business plans:

  • 1st Prize US$2,500 University of Auckland Team B + 1 University of Edinburgh team member. Margaret Zhu - Engineering (The University of Auckland) Thomas Hong - Engineering & Commerce (The University of Auckland) Martin Cox - Commerce (The University of Auckland) Fady Mishriki - Engineering & Commerce (The University of Auckland) Thomas Griffiths - Science (The University of Edinburgh). Technology: Contact-less energy technology, Mentor: Dr Aiogu Patrick Hu 
  • 2nd Prize US$1,500 University of Virginia + 1 National University of Singapore team member Technology: Active energy absorbing cellular metals, Mentor: Prof Mark White 
  • 3rd Prize US$1,000: University of Queensland + 1 University of Nottingham team member Technology: No morphine, Mentor: Mr Douglas Bugden 3 commendation awards to teams from University of New South Wales University of Hong Kong University of Birmingham