ONLINE INTERNSHIP - AI & ENTREPRENEURSHIP at SOFTBANK

Start Date: December 2020

About the Internship

The virtual online internship is conducted in collaboration with Softbank, a leading venture fund that invests in companies working to transform industries around the world. Get mentored by professionals from SoftBank, AI experts and ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ entrepreneurs and develop an entrepreneurial mindset using artificial intelligence and machine learning. Find out how industry leaders are innovating jobs and improving efficiency through better data collection and usage.

 

This internship is designed to equip you with business frameworks and trends, adapting to the new reality of emerging industries, and creating opportunities to accelerate their career and business acumen. Along with weekly master classes taught by industry leaders, you will look forward to a curated series of case studies from a leading venture fund, Softbank. You will also to tap into a global community of experts across technology, innovation and deep science.

At a Glance
Duration : 8 Weeks
Learner Profile : UG and PG students
Internship Fee (Inaugural Offer) : SGD 499
Application Deadline : 15th October, 2020
Duration : 8 Weeks
Learner Profile : UG and PG students
Internship Fee (Inaugural Offer) : SGD 499
Application Deadline : October 2020
Mode of Delivery : Online LIVE sessions
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Learning Intervention

Develop an entrepreneurial mindset Master AI techniques Lessons from SoftBank’s featured investments
  • Set clear goals
  • Practice being decisive
  • Redefine failure
  • Face your fears
  • Stay curious

Successful use cases in:

  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Neural Network
  • Neuromorphic Computing

Case studies on

  • Didi
  • Alibaba
  • Appier
  • SenseTime
  • ByteDance
  • Automation Anywhere
Week 1
  • Entrepreneurial thinking 101
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - Didi
Week 2
  • Fail and Take risks to win big
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Question
  • Case Study - Alibaba
Week 3
  • Technology as a means to find and solve problems
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - Appier
Week 4
  • AI frontlines: latest development in RL, NLP and CV
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - SenseTime
Week 5
  • Recommender systems: what they are and how they help companies win
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - Bytedance
Week 6
  • Latest development in neural networks and neuromorphic computing
  • Case Study - Automation Anywhere
Week 7
  • Project Preparation
Week 8
  • Group Project Assessment

Assessment Criteria

Participants work on individual projects. All projects must present their projects and are assessed on the same. The assessment parameters are:

Assessment Component Weightage
Continuous assessment (MCQ Quizzes) 30%
Project Assessment 70%
testimonial

Certificate of Completion
by SoftBank

Pedagogy
Learning Goals
Develop an entrepreneurial mindset Master AI techniques Lessons from SoftBank’s featured investments
  • Set clear goals
  • Practice being decisive
  • Redefine failure
  • Face your fears
  • Stay curious

Successful use cases in:

  • Reinforcement Learning
  • Natural Language Processing
  • Computer Vision
  • Neural Network
  • Neuromorphic Computing

Case studies on

  • Didi
  • Alibaba
  • Appier
  • SenseTime
  • ByteDance
  • Automation Anywhere
Schedule
Week 1
  • Entrepreneurial thinking 101
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - Didi
Week 2
  • Fail and Take risks to win big
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Question
  • Case Study - Alibaba
Week 3
  • Technology as a means to find and solve problems
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - Appier
Week 4
  • AI frontlines: latest development in RL, NLP and CV
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - SenseTime
Week 5
  • Recommender systems: what they are and how they help companies win
  • Quiz: 20 MCQ Questions
  • Case Study - Bytedance
Week 6
  • Latest development in neural networks and neuromorphic computing
  • Case Study - Automation Anywhere
Week 7
  • Project Preparation
Week 8
  • Group Project Assessment
Assessment

Assessment Criteria

Participants work on individual projects. All projects must present their projects and are assessed on the same. The assessment parameters are:

Assessment Component Weightage
Continuous assessment (MCQ Quizzes) 30%
Project Assessment 70%
Programme Completion Documents
testimonial

Certificate of Completion
by SoftBank

Admissions

Associates

SoftBank

A leading investor in AI and Robotics

Softbank Group Corporation is a Japanese multinational company, most known for its Vision Fund, the world’s largest technology-focused venture capital fund.

SoftBank Vision Fund invests $100 million or more in growth stage leading companies. Sectors that the fund invests in includes: internet-of-things, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, communications infrastructure, telecoms, computational biology, bio tech, cloud technologies and software, consumer internet businesses, financial technology, and mobile apps.

The Fund is designed to be a catalyst for technology progress in anticipation that it will expand SoftBank's capabilities, accelerating progress towards SoftBank 2.0.

It aims to invests in businesses and foundational platforms that SoftBank believes to revolutionize and innovate the world tomorrow. In this six week course, learn how Softbank shares vision and amplifies ambition with the most transformative companies globally.

Faculty Profile

Ajay Prakash

Ajay Prakash

Ajay is a Forbes 30 Under 30, serial entrepreneur who has started 8 companies raising over U$50 million to date from global investors such as Lion Co. (largest F&B giant in the southern hemisphere), Kakao (largest internet company in South Korea) and Bitmain (largest cryptocurrency company in the world). He has over a decade of experience in marketing and growth, both from startups and global companies. Previously, Ajay was leading product development and strategy with Perlin, a distributed systems blockchain company, and running his own marketing agency, which scaled to six figures in revenue within six months of operations.

Ajay is currently the Head of Product at Startup Draper House, a global living and workspace for entrepreneurs, with presence across India, Singapore, Estonia, Philippines, and adding more locations every month.

Takero Izuhara

Takero Izuhara

Takero has over ten years’ experience in the technology industry, his role as a multi- country leader involves creating new business development opportunities for Softbank portfolio companies, and establishing long-term strategy relationships with clients and partners in the region.

As the Head of AI, IoT, Robotics and Automation at Softbank, Takero has worked on global projects across artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and humanoid robots. In his former role at IBM Japan, he was responsible for building and deploying cloud computing, big data, mobile and security software to multinational organisations.

Takero is a Japanese native now based in Singapore. In his free time, you can find him travelling across South East Asia with his family.

Hayk Hakobyan

Hayk Hakobyan

Hayk is a serial entrepreneur with over 13 years’ experience across 7 countries and 9 industries. His speciality is in business development and market expansion with corporates and early stage ventures, combining his expertise in behavioural science. His first two ventures were in coworking and ride sharing across the MENA region, and his 3rd gamified health and wellness startup, was acquired by a strategic corporate in Mozambique.

You can find Hayk often mentoring startups, playing competitive chess and table tennis, and attending toastmaster on the weekends. He wears several hats, including the Head of Learning at NewCampus, Head of Business Development at Voyage, and Advisor to SOSV, a global venture capital firm.

SoftBank

A leading investor in AI and Robotics

Softbank Group Corporation is a Japanese multinational company, most known for its Vision Fund, the world’s largest technology-focused venture capital fund.

SoftBank Vision Fund invests $100 million or more in growth stage leading companies. Sectors that the fund invests in includes: internet-of-things, artificial intelligence (AI), robotics, communications infrastructure, telecoms, computational biology, bio tech, cloud technologies and software, consumer internet businesses, financial technology, and mobile apps.

The Fund is designed to be a catalyst for technology progress in anticipation that it will expand SoftBank's capabilities, accelerating progress towards SoftBank 2.0.

It aims to invests in businesses and foundational platforms that SoftBank believes to revolutionize and innovate the world tomorrow. In this six week course, learn how Softbank shares vision and amplifies ambition with the most transformative companies globally.

Faculty Profile

Ajay Prakash

Ajay Prakash

Ajay is a Forbes 30 Under 30, serial entrepreneur who has started 8 companies raising over U$50 million to date from global investors such as Lion Co. (largest F&B giant in the southern hemisphere), Kakao (largest internet company in South Korea) and Bitmain (largest cryptocurrency company in the world). He has over a decade of experience in marketing and growth, both from startups and global companies. Previously, Ajay was leading product development and strategy with Perlin, a distributed systems blockchain company, and running his own marketing agency, which scaled to six figures in revenue within six months of operations.

Ajay is currently the Head of Product at Startup Draper House, a global living and workspace for entrepreneurs, with presence across India, Singapore, Estonia, Philippines, and adding more locations every month.

Takero Izuhara

Takero Izuhara

Takero has over ten years’ experience in the technology industry, his role as a multi- country leader involves creating new business development opportunities for Softbank portfolio companies, and establishing long-term strategy relationships with clients and partners in the region.

As the Head of AI, IoT, Robotics and Automation at Softbank, Takero has worked on global projects across artificial intelligence, predictive analytics, and humanoid robots. In his former role at IBM Japan, he was responsible for building and deploying cloud computing, big data, mobile and security software to multinational organisations.

Takero is a Japanese native now based in Singapore. In his free time, you can find him travelling across South East Asia with his family.

Hayk Hakobyan

Hayk Hakobyan

Hayk is a serial entrepreneur with over 13 years’ experience across 7 countries and 9 industries. His speciality is in business development and market expansion with corporates and early stage ventures, combining his expertise in behavioural science. His first two ventures were in coworking and ride sharing across the MENA region, and his 3rd gamified health and wellness startup, was acquired by a strategic corporate in Mozambique.

You can find Hayk often mentoring startups, playing competitive chess and table tennis, and attending toastmaster on the weekends. He wears several hats, including the Head of Learning at NewCampus, Head of Business Development at Voyage, and Advisor to SOSV, a global venture capital firm.

Participant Experiences

Success Stories

Frequently Asked Questions

How will this internship help me in my career or higher studies?

This internship is developed for future business leaders, innovators and critical thinkers interested in disrupting sectors that are changing the world. The internship is meant to accelerate your knowledge and taste-test what your next career path may look, and feel like. You will also explore emerging tactical topics to help boost your technical and interpersonal skills, such as Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship.

Who is organizing the online internship?

Corporate Gurukul is organizing the internship in association with instructors, who are also leading entrepreneurs in South East Asia and professional(s) from Softbank.

Where is it conducted?

It will be conducted online, using web conferencing and collaboration software, such as Zoom and Slack.

What is SoftBank Vision fund and how is it connected with SoftBank?

Softbank Vision Fund is the investment arm of Softbank, funding over $100 million in growth-stage leading companies. Sectors that the fund invests in include: Internet-of- things, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Communications Infrastructure, Telecoms, and Mobile Apps. The fund is designed to be a catalyst for technology progress in anticipation of expanding Softbank’s capabilities and innovating the world tomorrow.

What are SoftBank’s investments in India?

Softbank Vision Fund has a strong mandate to invest in the Indian market. Apart from helping over 20 companies enter India through joint venture partnerships, Softbank has invested in local companies such as Oyo, Paytm and FirstCry. The technology fund boasts of 80 companies worldwide in its portfolio, with an expected $2-4 billion in funds expected to enter the Indian market over the next few years.

Is it an online internship or a training programme?

It is an online internship with training components, which is a hands-on guided experience in to hone industry-relevant skills and knowledge in a chosen domain with mentorship by industry professional(s).

What are the highlights of the internship?

Some of the highlights of the internship:

  • LIVE weekly masterclasses and ongoing mentoring by professionals from SoftBank, AI experts, and ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ entrepreneurs.
  • Opportunity to compete and collaborate with the best minds across Asia
  • Learning from a curated set of case studies from world’s leading venture fund, Softbank.
  • Presenting your final business idea to industry experts and start-up veterans

What is the fee involved in the online internship?

In order to know about the internship and cost involved please refer ‘Programme Fee’ in ‘Admissions’ section above.

Are the dates confirmed for the online internship?

Yes, dates are confirmed for each cohort of online internship participants. Prior notice will be given to all concerned parties if there is a change of date due to unforeseen circumstances. Corporate Gurukul will make best efforts to accommodate the convenience of all parties on revised schedule, date and time.

Applying to the internship

What is the deadline to submit the application form?

The deadline is as specified under ‘Dates and Deadlines’ block in ‘Admissions’ section above.

What is the application process?

You are required to apply online using the ‘Enroll Now’ button. The detailed application process post will be shared on email.

What are the selection criteria?

The selection criteria is as mentioned under ‘Requirement for Admissions’ in ‘Admissions’ section above.

What is the last date to pay for the registration fees?

The payment deadlines will be mentioned in your ‘Offer Letter’. You are eligible for the ‘Offer Letter’ only if you are selected.

What happens if I do not pay my fees by specified due date? Can it be extended?

Your application is automatically cancelled due to non-payment of fees by the specified deadline as mentioned in ‘Offer Letter’. Any extensions requests are at the sole discretion of the admissions department and availability of seats. You will be required to send an email requesting an extension and the reason for the delay in payment.

What are the internship fee inclusions?

  1. Curriculum design, facilitation, mentorship, assignments and assessments by certified professional(s) from SoftBank
  2. ‘Certificate of Completion’ by SoftBank and Corporate Gurukul

When will I get the entitled documents?

  1. The certificates will be awarded at the end of the internship.

Which documents will I get after completion of this internship?

  1. ‘Certificate of Completion’ by Softbank and Corporate Gurukul

What are the requirements to earn all the completion documents?

Issuance of the certificates will be at Corporate Gurukul’s discretion subject to:

  1. Completion of all assignments and submission on time
  2. 90% attendance during the internship

What skills will I acquire?

  1. Entrepreneurial Thinking
  2. Launching a product from Idea to Market
  3. Developing the right attitude - Growth Mindset, Taking Risks, Failing Fast and Learning from mistakes
  4. Latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Concept to Application - Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computer Vision, Neuromorphic Computing and Neural networks

Where are the live sessions conducted?

The virtual sessions are conducted live on Zoom conferencing.

How do we submit the projects/assignments?

All assignments and projects will be submitted to the Learning Management System, which will be introduced during the Orientation session.

Are assignments given daily? By when do we submit them?

  1. Assignments will be given daily and need to be submitted as per the specified deadline.
  2. You may be required to work on the assignments in teams or individually as per the nature of the assignment.

How many projects do we do during the internship?

You are required to complete one project during the duration of the internship. This will be done in teams.

When does the project presentation happen?

The project presentations will be conducted at the end of the internship, with pitching presentation practice on a weekly basis.

What are the assessment components?

Refer ‘Assessment’ in the Learning Intervention section.

When are the MCQ sessions conducted?

MCQ Quiz will be conducted after the live session is completed.

What if I get delayed in submissions?

Any late submissions of project, assignments or quizzes beyond the specified deadline will carry negative marks.

About the Internship

How will this internship help me in my career or higher studies?

This internship is developed for future business leaders, innovators and critical thinkers interested in disrupting sectors that are changing the world. The internship is meant to accelerate your knowledge and taste-test what your next career path may look, and feel like. You will also explore emerging tactical topics to help boost your technical and interpersonal skills, such as Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship.

Who is organizing the online internship?

Corporate Gurukul is organizing the internship in association with instructors, who are also leading entrepreneurs in South East Asia and professional(s) from Softbank.

Where is it conducted?

It will be conducted online, using web conferencing and collaboration software, such as Zoom and Slack.

What is SoftBank Vision fund and how is it connected with SoftBank?

Softbank Vision Fund is the investment arm of Softbank, funding over $100 million in growth-stage leading companies. Sectors that the fund invests in include: Internet-of- things, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Communications Infrastructure, Telecoms, and Mobile Apps. The fund is designed to be a catalyst for technology progress in anticipation of expanding Softbank’s capabilities and innovating the world tomorrow.

What are SoftBank’s investments in India?

Softbank Vision Fund has a strong mandate to invest in the Indian market. Apart from helping over 20 companies enter India through joint venture partnerships, Softbank has invested in local companies such as Oyo, Paytm and FirstCry. The technology fund boasts of 80 companies worldwide in its portfolio, with an expected $2-4 billion in funds expected to enter the Indian market over the next few years.

Is it an online internship or a training programme?

It is an online internship with training components, which is a hands-on guided experience in to hone industry-relevant skills and knowledge in a chosen domain with mentorship by industry professional(s).

What are the highlights of the internship?

Some of the highlights of the internship:

  • LIVE weekly masterclasses and ongoing mentoring by professionals from SoftBank, AI experts, and ‘Forbes 30 Under 30’ entrepreneurs.
  • Opportunity to compete and collaborate with the best minds across Asia
  • Learning from a curated set of case studies from world’s leading venture fund, Softbank.
  • Presenting your final business idea to industry experts and start-up veterans

What is the fee involved in the online internship?

In order to know about the internship and cost involved please refer ‘Programme Fee’ in ‘Admissions’ section above.

Are the dates confirmed for the online internship?

Yes, dates are confirmed for each cohort of online internship participants. Prior notice will be given to all concerned parties if there is a change of date due to unforeseen circumstances. Corporate Gurukul will make best efforts to accommodate the convenience of all parties on revised schedule, date and time.

Applying to the internship

What is the deadline to submit the application form?

The deadline is as specified under ‘Dates and Deadlines’ block in ‘Admissions’ section above.

What is the application process?

You are required to apply online using the ‘Enroll Now’ button. The detailed application process post will be shared on email.

What are the selection criteria?

The selection criteria is as mentioned under ‘Requirement for Admissions’ in ‘Admissions’ section above.

Payment

What is the last date to pay for the registration fees?

The payment deadlines will be mentioned in your ‘Offer Letter’. You are eligible for the ‘Offer Letter’ only if you are selected.

What happens if I do not pay my fees by specified due date? Can it be extended?

Your application is automatically cancelled due to non-payment of fees by the specified deadline as mentioned in ‘Offer Letter’. Any extensions requests are at the sole discretion of the admissions department and availability of seats. You will be required to send an email requesting an extension and the reason for the delay in payment.

What are the internship fee inclusions?

  1. Curriculum design, facilitation, mentorship, assignments and assessments by certified professional(s) from SoftBank
  2. ‘Certificate of Completion’ by SoftBank and Corporate Gurukul

When will I get the entitled documents?

  1. The certificates will be awarded at the end of the internship.

Internship Completion Documents

Which documents will I get after completion of this internship?

  1. ‘Certificate of Completion’ by Softbank and Corporate Gurukul

What are the requirements to earn all the completion documents?

Issuance of the certificates will be at Corporate Gurukul’s discretion subject to:

  1. Completion of all assignments and submission on time
  2. 90% attendance during the internship

Learning Intervention

What skills will I acquire?

  1. Entrepreneurial Thinking
  2. Launching a product from Idea to Market
  3. Developing the right attitude - Growth Mindset, Taking Risks, Failing Fast and Learning from mistakes
  4. Latest trends in Artificial Intelligence (AI) Concept to Application - Machine Learning, Reinforcement Learning, Natural Language Processing (NLP), Computer Vision, Neuromorphic Computing and Neural networks

Where are the live sessions conducted?

The virtual sessions are conducted live on Zoom conferencing.

How do we submit the projects/assignments?

All assignments and projects will be submitted to the Learning Management System, which will be introduced during the Orientation session.

Are assignments given daily? By when do we submit them?

  1. Assignments will be given daily and need to be submitted as per the specified deadline.
  2. You may be required to work on the assignments in teams or individually as per the nature of the assignment.

How many projects do we do during the internship?

You are required to complete one project during the duration of the internship. This will be done in teams.

When does the project presentation happen?

The project presentations will be conducted at the end of the internship, with pitching presentation practice on a weekly basis.

What are the assessment components?

Refer ‘Assessment’ in the Learning Intervention section.

When are the MCQ sessions conducted?

MCQ Quiz will be conducted after the live session is completed.

What if I get delayed in submissions?

Any late submissions of project, assignments or quizzes beyond the specified deadline will carry negative marks.