That is why The Liveability Challenge (TLC) was launched in 2018, to spark a global hunt for innovative and sustainable solutions to the challenges of urban cities.
With five editions completed, The Liveability Challenge will be back in 2023 with a sixth edition.
This year, we are doubling the prize money to S$2 million, featuring two tracks:
1. Climate Change
We are looking for disruptive innovations that can decarbonise energy generation and industries, as well as capture and utilise carbon to create scalable products for global markets. We also want solutions that address ocean challenges including innovative models that restore and regenerate coastal and marine ecosystems in Southeast Asia.
2. Food & Nutrition
We are looking for disruptive innovations that can establish a circular urban agriculture or aquaculture system, or alternative protein system. We are seeking innovative and breakthrough technological solutions to maximise production efficiency and minimise resource requirements.
Find out more about our challenge statement here.
The Liveability Challenge will award a grand prize of up to S$1million for the winner in each track.
Other funding prizes include investments of $100,000 each from our strategic partners: impact investment firm PlanetRise, impact-focused family office Rumah Group, and venture capital funds Quest Ventures, TRIREC and PeakBridge.
We want all solutions that deliver a positive impact.
From a record-breaking 600+ entries from 82 countries, the battle to win up to S$2.5 million funding is now down to 8 finalists.
Representing various countries such as Singapore, United States, Israel and the Philippines, the shortlist for The Liveability Challenge 2023 feature innovative solutions on climate change and food and nutrition.
The 8 finalists are:
Climate change (decarbonisation and ocean conservation and restoration)
1. Team: Carbix Corporation (United States)
Solution: Technology captures point source emissions from industry and converts the carbon into construction materials.
2. Team: Nika.eco (Singapore)
Solution: An analysis tool for mangrove restoration and conservation and blue carbon projects.
3. Team: Seabound (United Kingdom)
Solution: Carbon capture for ships. Equipment installed by a ship’s funnel that traps 95 per cent of a vessel’s carbon emissions.
4. Team: Seaforestation.Co (The Philippines)
Solution: Marine permaculture, aims to scale seaweed forest regeneration to remove atmospheric carbon and provide deepwater irrigation.
5. Team: Susteon (United States)
Solution: Capturing carbon dioxide and converting it into “green methane” or renewable natural gas.
Food and nutrition
6. Team: Plantae Bioscience (Israel)
Solution: Cultivating classical and gene-edited tomatoes for vertical farms in Singapore.
7. Team: Proteomax (Singapore)
Solution: Enabling the manufacture of alternative proteins with the same nutritional content as animal-based products.
8. Team: TeOra (Singapore)
Solution: Orally delivered solution to prevent and treat scale drop disease virus in Barramundi or Asian sea bass.