Submission deadline extended to  12th APRIL

12 years—That's all the time humanity has left to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius, as the recent IPCC report makes clear. In the length of a dog’s life, we could be sealing our fate to face more than 2 degrees of warming, and Asia will bear the brunt of the devastation.

But it’s not time to give up—we can still stop this. If we are going to avoid climate catastrophe and build a sustainable future, we have to slash our emissions by 45% before 2030.

To do that, we need to speed up the shift to clean energy; we need to get smart with the way we create and consume; we need a circular economy. Most of all, we need your boldest, game-changing solutions to bend the trajectory of human development away from runaway climate change.

Are you up to the challenge?

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The Finale.


10 January 2019

A new world needs new solutions. That’s why The Liveability Challenge is back to close the financing gap between the ideas that will make our cities better and the investments that will make these solutions a reality.

Between 10 January and 12 April 2019, we’re looking for the most innovative and ground-breaking energy and circular economy solutions. The six best projects will get to pitch their solutions at The Liveability Challenge Finale in June, and two will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges.

Finalists in The Liveability Challenge 2019 could secure up to S$1 million in funding, an opportunity to run a prestigious fundraising campaign of up to S$500,000 on FundedHere, a mentorship opportunity provided by Circular Economy Club, a spot in GoMassive’s incubator programme or a mentorship opportunity with GoImpact.

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5 April 2019

Up to the challenge? Submit your entry to The Liveability Challenge 2019 here. From 10 January to 12 April 2019, we're accepting entries that address energy and circular economy issues in tropical cities.

Register on this page to let us know you’re serious about the challenge, and we’ll send you the full application details to submit before 5 April. All entries must be completed and submitted via the submissions platform.

Please note that all solutions submitted to The Liveability Challenge must have proof of concept and be applicable to tropical urban centres. Click through to see the full criteria before sending us your submission.

Secure up to S$1 million now

The Finale.

7 June 2019
Ecosperity Week, Marina Bay Sands

The six teams with the most innovative, groundbreaking solutions will get to make their pitch at The Liveability Challenge Finale before some of the sharpest and most sought-after investors.

At this high-stakes showdown held during the annual Ecosperity Week organised by Temasek, finalists will have to convince the judges that their innovations will not only change the face of the city but are also a rare—and profitable—business opportunity.

The best solutions will be selected by our judges to win up to S$1 million in funding, an opportunity to run a prestigious fundraising campaign of up to S$500,000 on FundedHere, a mentorship opportunity provided by Circular Economy Club, a spot in GoMassive’s incubator programme or a mentorship opportunity with GoImpact.

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Naina Subberwal Batra

Chairperson & Chief Executive Officer
Asian Venture Philanthropy Network

Vinnie Lauria

Managing Partner
Golden Gate Ventures

Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive
Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

Martin Lim

Chief Operations Officer

Daniel Lin

Executive Director & Co-Founder

Michael Maniates

Head of Studies, Environmental Studies

Pang Heng Soon

Head, Venture Building

Zhaotan Xiao

RWDC Industries

Jessica Cheam

Managing Editor

Helene Li

Co-Founder, GoImpact

Previous Winner.

2018 Winner

RWDC Industries merged the winner of the inaugural edition of The Liveability Challenge with its proposal to produce drinking straws made from a certified biodegradable biopolymer, which can replace single-use plastic straws. With the win, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity has awarded S$980,000 to RWDC Industries to jump-start the testing and production of its drinking straws, and thereafter to produce other biodegradeable alternatives to plastic products.

Read more about TLC 2018

Latest News.

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The Straits Times
January 2019

Local non-profit organisation Temasek Foundation has launched its Liveability Challenge this year, issuing a global call for companies to come up with innovative solutions for clean energy and sustainability in tropical cities.

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Lianhe Zaobao
January 2019
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Xinhua News
January 2019
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New Fortune Times
January 2019
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