Welcome to the Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2023!
In the face of unparalleled global challenges, our planet stands at a critical juncture. We need urgent action to address environmental threats such as climate change, excessive disposable waste, and the depletion of natural resources.
The fifth edition of the Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge, organised by Enterprise Singapore, unites industry partners and seeks innovative minds from all over the world to devise sustainable solutions spanning various sectors. These solutions will have a local and regional focus before being scaled globally.
Opportunities and Incentives
Over S$3 million in support available!
Our corporate sponsor, Hexagon Group will award S$75,000 in prize money to one selected innovator in the Open Category.
- Paid pilot and trial opportunities;
- Potential grant support;
- Opportunities for co-innovation with industry partners, drawing on their extensive expertise and resources;
- Networking and mentoring opportunities.
Making Your Application
Applications close on Wednesday, 31 January 2024 at 11.59pm (GMT+8).Early Submission
- Receive exclusive feedback on their entry ahead of the final submission deadline; and
- Be evaluated by our VC partners for potential investment opportunities.
Sustainable Agriculture and Trade
This year’s Open Category welcomes sustainability-focused solutions that will be channelled to The Liveability Challenge 2023.
TLC is looking to build on its efforts in enabling solutions that remove carbon emissions at scale, including:
- Revolutionary technology-based carbon capture, utilisation and storage solutions that effectively capture, and convert carbon emissions into useful products, for example, building materials, reclamation sand or synthetic fuels;
- Low-carbon solutions for energy, urban infrastructure, transport and logistics that generate cost-effective energy from renewable sources, for example, hydrogen, wind and tidal energy;
- Solutions that significantly reduce the carbon emissions produced by industries and buildings, for example, cooling systems;
- Solutions that drastically reduce the negative impact of climate change, for example, mitigating extreme heat, and urban heat island effect.
- Carbon negative in the overall lifecycle and have zero or minimal externalities;
- Technology-based (physical or chemical);
- Commercially viable and scalable; and
- Feasible to conduct a pilot in Singapore.
We will be supported this year by strategic partners who will be sourcing specific sustainability solutions that revolve around the challenge themes. Click on them to learn more.
Singapore Fashion Council (SFC)
Singapore Agri-Food Innovation Lab (SAIL)
Singapore Agri-Food Innovation Lab (SAIL) is a national platform operated by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) in partnership with Enterprise Singapore that seeds partnerships between SAIL’s Corporate Partners, start-ups, SMEs, research institutes, and institutes of higher learning (IHLs) to drive agri-food innovations.Learn more
Singapore Chemical Industry Council
Temasek Foundation supports programmes that uplift lives and communities in Singapore and beyond. They aim to strengthen social resilience, foster international exchange and enhance regional capabilities, advance science and protect the planet for a sustainable world.Learn more
The Centre for Impact Investing and Practices
SG Eco Fund
The SG Eco Fund supports projects that involve the community and advance environmental sustainability, across diverse topics such as waste recycling, community farming, biodiversity conservation, and water or energy reduction.Learn more
Their primary focus in the fertiliser sector centres on Europe and Mediterranean countries, including North Africa. Key raw materials in their portfolio comprise sulfuric acid, sulphur, phosphoric acid, and ammonia. While they conduct global trading of sulfuric acid, their other raw materials are primarily traded within the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. Their trading and marketing of soluble fertilisers occur worldwide and are facilitated through container shipments.
Hexagon values corporate responsibility, fairness, and sustainability. They support communities through profit donations and promote responsible production with green technology. Their Hexagon Green Fund addresses global environmental challenges, and they are committed to charitable initiatives in Education, Children, and Clean Water.
31 Oct 2023
15 Jan 2024
EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE
31 Jan 2024
4 Mar 2024
Mar - Apr 2024
Submission Requirements and Evaluation Criteria
Please make sure the following elements are adequately addressed in your proposal:
Technical Feasibility & Novelty
- Does the solution demonstrate innovative use of technology, showcasing technical expertise and creativity?
- Is there a clear explanation of how the technical aspects of the solution address the sustainability challenge, emphasising uniqueness and novelty?
- Is the business model scalable, demonstrating the solution's potential for market acceptance and growth?
- Does the team have varied skills, relevant expertise, and a history of successful collaborations, demonstrating their ability to deliver innovative sustainability solutions?
POC / MVP
- Does the POC / Pilot proposal cover considerations relating to implementation, timeline, and cost?
Please write to email@example.com with any questions.