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"You aren’t just visiting the place, you are really immersing yourself into it. It’s first-hand, practical experience - something that you wouldn’t learn in the classroom!"

Sarah Tan, HEX 1.1 Alumni

So what's it all about?

Keen to study in Singapore? With amazing innovative policies, a flexible working culture, and easy access to emerging Asian startup economies, Singapore has recently overtaken Silicon Valley as the world’s #1 place for startup talent. Not to mention, founders in Singapore are, on average, the youngest in the world!

If you’d like to get a taste of the Singaporean startup scene, unique culture and build your global connections in Asia, then you should probably consider joining The Hacker Exchange Student Innovation Program in Singapore, June & July 2019.

Over two inspiring weeks, you’ll join a select cohort of tertiary students and early-stage founders to learn from thought leaders, work on your startup concept and join the next generation of entrepreneurial talent with ties to Singapore.

Singapore Global Innovation Program dates

  • HEX 3.0: 16 – 29 June 2019
  • HEX 3.1: 23 June – 6 July 2019
  • HEX 3.2: 30 June – 13 July 2019
    Applications close 24 March 2019

University credit

Many universities across Australia have approved The Hacker Exchange for academic credit, usually within a Work Integrated Learning (WIL) or internship elective – you can be from any faculty to apply. Speak to your course coordinator or study abroad coordinator to find out how this could work for you.

We’ve prepared this handy ‘Request for Credit’ document to help you out.


Rey, Kate, Jack, Adrianna and Lauren soaking in the inspiration!

Learn how Singapore became known as the gateway to Asia and demystify some of its inner workings. We’ll meet Australian government representatives, learn lean startup and product design principles, discuss prototyping and customer intimacy, and tour inspiring companies.

By the end of this week, you’ll know how to build a startup business model that’s global, relevant and scalable, have an insight into the Singaporean business culture, and understand what investors look for in fundable startups.

  • Previous ‘Week 1’ highlights included touring Atlassian and Zendesk, ‘Google Launchpad’ workshop, building iOS and Android image recognition apps, Q&A with a VC.


The famous Marina Bay area.

Discover the art and science of growth hacking and cutting edge marketing strategies for your startup. Learn how to structure your pitch deck and practice pitching to Singaporean angel investors and venture capitalists

Get an intimate insight into what’s trending in Asian startups and how you can stay ahead of the curve.

  • ‘Week 2’ highlights include visiting leading universities and accelerators, HEX meetup with founders and investors, Growth Hacking workshop, all day Pitch coaching, Q&A with a startup CTO.

Throughout the Singapore Global Innovation Program

We’ll be working from a central and awesome co-working space which will become our second home. During these two weeks, you’ll get your hands dirty solving real business problems and iterating on your own startup idea.

You’ll also have direct access to sought-after mentors, and make unforgettable connections with investors, accelerators, founders and professionals from both Australia and Singapore.

What does it cost, and what's included?

Global Innovation Program cost

The full cost of the Singapore – Student Innovation Program is $4,950 AUD plus Australian GST, which is the equivalent to $3,900 USD.

What is covered? 

The Hacker Exchange program fee includes all interactive workshops, coursework, speakers, instructors, mentor office hours, co-working space access, educational tours of accelerators, universities and tech companies, 13 x night hostel accommodation, daily continental breakfast, welcome & farewell dinners.

This Program cost does not include air fares.

You can view a sample program agenda here.

About your accommodation & social events

Accommodation is included, and is at a centrally located hostel, rated 4-stars on TripAdvisor. You’ll stay in shared accommodation, with privacy curtains, central kitchen, lounge and outdoor area.

Single accommodation upgrades are available on request.

We’ll arrange a Welcome Dinner, Farewell Lunch, a Hacker Exchange mentor meetup, and invite you to numerous events – where your attendance is optional but recommended! We’ll also give you a local guide book and plenty of free time to have meetings or explore Singapore.

What are my payment and funding options?

Due to high demand, we require a $500 + GST deposit paid within 5 business days of your acceptance to the program to confirm your spot.

The remainder is payable in full 6 weeks prior to departure.

Many of our students have successfully accessed OS-HELP support of $6,600+ AUD, depending on their academic status, residential status, and University’s guidelines. This means you could receive this funding prior to departure to use towards your travel costs, which will be rolled into your student loan. Please check with your University Mobility department to see if you are eligible.

Other students have also successfully sought scholarships or partial funding from their faculties / schools, or university accelerators (check with your Uni) or used a crowdfunding platform.

Deakin students – you can access some extra support. Please contact your Study Abroad team for more info.

For more information check out our Funding Options page.

Sounds awesome. How do I apply?

Program dates & deadlines

The program will be held in the Australian university Winter semester break – after exams.

  • HEX 3.0: 16 – 29 June 2019
  • HEX 3.1: 23 June – 6 July 2019
  • HEX 3.2: 30 June – 13 July 2019

Application deadline:  31 March 2019

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