Accelerate your learning innovations with our new innovSpur Programme with a grant of up to $500,000. Scale up your learning solutions to commercially marketable solutions.
innovSpur, together with the Innovation Sandbox, are the new anchor programs of the SkillsFuture Singapore Agency’s (SSG) national initiative on iN.LEARN 2.0. (Please see “About iN.LEARN 2.0” below for more information.)
innovSpur supports the scaling up and early adoption of viable learning innovations with:
- Up to $500,000 grant (or 75% of the project value)
- Live-testing support, in real market and customer conditions
If you are an EdTech solutionist looking to scale up your offerings, or an organisation looking to be an early adopter of a viable learning innovation, innovSpur can help you to better bridge the developmental challenges typically faced in these circumstances.
For EdTech solutionists, whether you had developed a prototype as part of the innovPlus programme, or independently developed a viable learning innovation, innovSpur offers the funding and product-testing support to help take your innovation all the way to its ultimate form—a commercially marketable product—by that, advancing innovation in the Training and Adult Education (TAE) sector.
By participating in innovSpur, you will be eligible to apply and may be accepted into an Innovation Sandbox program, that provides solutionists a conducive space for the experimentation and implementation of innovative CET solutions by granting time-limited regulatory waivers so that courses delivered using these innovative solutions can be eligible for SkillsFuture Singapore Agency’s (SSG) course fee funding and/or SkillsFuture credit for up to 2 years.
innovSpur Run 2 (2023) Submission Requirement
1) InnovSpur Run 2 (2023) Final Application Deck comprises of the Proposal and Annexes. The Proposal and Annexes files must be (i) stored in a non-returnable storage media in the form of a 1 x USB Flash Drive and (ii) all printed out in hardcopy (do not bind).
2) These abovementioned (i) and (ii) items must be submitted BY HAND by Friday, 24 March 2023, 4:00 P.M. Singapore Time, to the following address
Innovation Centre Office, Institute for Adult Learning
11 Eunos Road 8, #06-03 (Innovation Lab),
Lifelong Learning Institute, Singapore 408601
And personally handled over to either:
William Phay (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Selyn Chen (email@example.com).
You will then get an email acknowledgment within the next 24 hours.
- Highly recommended to include a short video clip (2-4min) and PowerPoint files.
- Please provide contactable mobile number in the submission in the event that clarification is required.
- Suggest NOT to zip files in case of file(s) corruption.
- Standby for clarifications (if any) in the next 3 weeks.
3) If application successfully reached the Final Stage, applicant will do a blind pitching cum Q&A on one of these days, 8-May-2023 (Monday), 9-May-2023 (Tuesday) or 10-May-2023 Wednesday), to the External Reviewers.
innovSpur Programme Briefing
Watch the video below for the recorded programme briefing.
For innovSpur and Innovation Sandbox query, please send email to the following contacts accordingly:
William Phay (firstname.lastname@example.org);
Selyn Chen (email@example.com)
About iN.LEARN 2.0
iN.LEARN 2.0 is a national initiative by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). It follows in the footsteps of iN.LEARN 2020, which was launched in 2015 to promote innovative and blended learning in the Continuing Education and Training (CET) ecosystem. The initiative has been refreshed to better foster supportive market conditions that can increase the rate and adoption of innovative training approaches and practices. CET providers can tap on iN.LEARN 2.0 for co-funding and co-sharing the risks of promising innovations, as well as receiving exemption from regulatory requirements.
iN.LEARN 2.0 will focus on four key areas to support the on-going transformation of the TAE sector:
- increasing the uptake of online and blended learning by individuals;
- amplifying enterprises’ adoption of innovative learning technology;
- developing effective remote assessment and proctoring solutions for individual and enterprise-led training; and
- developing effective placement solutions that tighten the industry-training nexus.
SSG has appointed inlab - IAL's Innovation Centre, which focuses on catalysing learning innovation in Singapore’s TAE sector, as the Programme Manager to oversee and manage the innovation programmes.
The three programmes under iN.LEARN 2.0 include:
The innovSpur, the new anchor programme of iN.LEARN 2.0, will support innovators in scaling up minimum viable products to the commercialization stage, that is ready for the Learning and Development market. Applicants will be evaluated according to innovativeness, market and competition, impact, scalability, risks mitigation, track record and project team competencies.
Projects may be awarded a grant capped at SGD 500,000 per project, for up to one year. The successful applicants are required to co-fund 25% of the project’s eligible cost.
Evaluation criteria for innovSpur
2) Innovation Sandbox
The Innovation Sandbox provides innovators a conducive space for the experimentation and implementation of innovative CET solutions by granting time-limited regulatory waivers so that courses delivered using these innovative solutions can be eligible for SSG course fee funding and/or SkillsFuture Credit. If approved, CET courses using these innovative solutions could continue to be eligible for SSG course fee funding for up to two years.
The innovPlus is an ongoing programme of inlab. It will cover projects in the ideation stage to be developed into minimum viable products, or basic products that support must-have features.
Projects may receive up to SGD 200,000 per project over one year, to develop a minimum viable product. The project owners are required to co-fund 10% of the project’s eligible cost. Promising projects with the potential to scale may continue to participate in innovSpur.
A local organisation (with a valid UEN) could journey through iN.LEARN 2.0 by:
- participating as a challenge owner in InnovPlus and receiving up to SGD 200,000 grant for a year, to develop a minimum viable product (MVP).
- The same organisation can continue to participate in innovSpur (if eligible), for the development of the MVP into a Minimum Marketable Product (MMP).