About The Challenge

The Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge brings together industry partners, government agencies and innovators to drive sustainability innovation in Singapore – for the world. We are inviting local and foreign startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to join the challenge, to develop new technologies or solutions for key sustainability challenges, ranging from resource efficiency, zero waste, green transport or sustainable built environment.

The first open innovation call is launched at SFF x SWITCH* on 12 Nov 2019, with plans for future calls. Each innovation call comprises a set of challenge statements from different corporate and government agency partners seeking innovative solutions. The challenge statement owners will provide user requirements, opportunities for test-bedding, and may potentially be your first customer.


The Singapore FinTech Festival (SFF) will be held in conjunction with the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH), providing a platform to catalyse deep tech advancements, collaborations and business transformation.

Reasons to Participate


For Corporates

  1. Access to talented and innovative companies, both in Singapore and around the world
  2. An opportunity for your brand to be associated with the hot sustainability topics of our time
  3. Co-development of innovative technology and new business models and ideas
  4. Access to resources for open innovation and outreach

For solution providers

  1. Co-innovation opportunities with government agencies and corporates
  2. Access to development funds (for eligible companies)
  3. Testbedding opportunities
  4. Validated challenge statements

Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly.

- United Nations


Singapore is already feeling the impact. Our weather is palpably hotter. Rainstorms are heavier. And this will very likely worsen over the next few decades, within the lifetimes of many of us. A recent Swiss study found that by 2050, just 30 years from now, several cities in the world will experience unprecedented climate shifts.

-  Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong


Sustainability Themes


Green Transport


Resource Efficiency


Sustainable Built Environment


Zero Waste


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