Open Category

The Liveability Challenge
Up to S$75,000 Prize Money
For SOIC 2023, Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG) and Temasek Foundation (TF) are partnering on an SOIC Open Category, to provide additional support for innovators in the The Liveability Challenge (TLC) Climate Change domain. 

TLC is a global crowdsourcing platform that hunts for and accelerates the commercialisation  of innovative solutions that address urban challenges in the tropics. Established in 2018, TLC has grown to become one of Asia's largest sustainability solutions platform with a global reach – helping companies with cutting-edge technologies create a significant positive impact on the planet and people

In 2024, TLC will continue to offer a total prize pool of S$2 million so that more disruptive innovations can realise their full potential.

SOIC 2023 Open Category for Climate Change domains

We are inviting innovative solutions relating to these specific Climate Change domains to submit their pitch decks and pilot plans under the SOIC 2023 Open Category x TLC:

  1. Carbon capture, utilisation and storage solutions; and
  2. Emerging renewable energy (e.g. green hydrogen, wind/tidal energy).

Opportunities for applicants of SOIC 2023 Open Category 

Innovators applying to the SOIC 2023 Open Category for the domains stated above will be automatically entered into TLC, so you do not have to apply for SOIC 2023 and TLC separately. The applications will then be evaluated under both SOIC 2023 and TLC. You will also stand a chance to win prizes and access opportunities from both challenges. 

Here are the full benefits for applicants to the SOIC 2023 Open Category:
  • Automatic entry to TLC (Climate Change track), with an opportunity to compete for the TLC prizes (S$1 million for Climate Change track and other potential investments); 
  • An opportunity to compete for a S$75,000 cash prize, sponsored by Hexagon Group under SOIC 2023; 
  • Exposure to the Amplifier programme, organised by Temasek Trust ecosystem entities; Philanthropy Asia Alliance (PAA) and the Centre for Impact Investing and Practices (CIIP), with an opportunity to be invited to apply to participate as mentees to gain access to catalytic capital, mentorship, commercial opportunities, and professional services support; and 
  • Exposure to growth catalysts, such as VCs, through SOIC 2023 partners and events.

Please note that being invited to apply to the Amplifier programme does not provide applicants priority during evaluation. 

More on SOIC 2023 Open Category domains

SOIC 2023 Open Category x TLC is looking for solutions that can 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
Your solution should be:
  • 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 or within Southeast Asia

For more information, please visit the following websites:

Info Session 

Check out the recording from our Info Session, where we shared more about the Open Category.

What are you waiting for? Submit your application below!

Making Your Application 

Before you make an application, you will need to register an account on our platform. You will receive a confirmation email upon registration. 

Once done, you may proceed to submit your application with your credentials. You can also save your application as a draft if need.

Applications close on Wednesday, 31 January 2024 at 11.59pm (GMT+8).