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The Liveability Challenge 2020


The Liveability Challenge 2020 Grand Winner Unveiled!

Are we consuming our way into extinction by chowing down on planetary boundaries?

By 2050, 2.5 billion more people will live in cities, demanding more food, products and conveniences than ever before.

But the ongoing climate crisis will lead to food security challenges. Changing weather patterns and a decline in arable land for farming will threaten the nutritional status of millions of people, while agricultural production continues to contribute 11 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Is the answer found in non-traditional farms and labs in cities?

Meanwhile 91 per cent of all plastics ever produced—mostly used for packaging—have not been recycled. This is only the tip of the iceberg for packaging waste, a symptom of the modern economy’s obsession with a take-make-waste society that has created a waste problem of epic proportions in societies around the world. Can the world find new ways to package and consume goods?

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius will not happen without a strategy to actively remove carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere. Although carbon capture, storage and utilisation technologies are nascent, costly and space intensive, it represents a huge trillion-dollar business opportunity.

Do you have a solution? From 14 January to 30 April, The Liveability Challenge is welcoming proposals to make cities in the tropics sustainable and future-ready. The winner will secure up to S$1 million in funding for project development.

Join The Liveability Challenge 2020 now!

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The Finale.

TLC 2019.

Take the Challenge.

14 January – 30 April 2020

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 14 January and 30 April 2020, we’re looking for the most innovative and ground-breaking solutions in Urban Food Production, Circular Packaging and Decarbonisation.

Finalists will be unveiled in May.

Submissions now closed

Submissions.

8 July 2020

Seven finalists for The Liveability Challenge Grand Finale 2020 have been unveiled.

The seven teams will get to pitch their most innovative, groundbreaking solutions at The Liveability Challenge Finale before some of Asia’s sharpest and most sought-after investors.

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, a 1-year venture-building package with The Circularity Studio, a mentorship opportunity provided by Closed Loop Partners, a spot in TXG Sustainability Business Accelerator Program or a S$50,000 investment and a spot on Antler's leading accelerator program with Planet Rise.

View the grand finale agenda here

The Finale.

7 June 2019
Marina Bay Sands

Following a successful three-month global call for innovative, ground-breaking solutions in clean energy and circular economy, over 300 submissions from 51 countries around the world were filed and the six most promising ones selected.

On 7 June 2019, six finalists took the stage at The Liveability Challenge 2019 Grand Finale and pitched their innovative solutions to make Singapore a more liveable city in an exciting showdown to secure up to S$1 million in funding and other exclusive opportunities. Some of these solutions included a 3D printer that uses organic materials, a low-energy air conditioning unit, a drink cup rental service, an energy-efficient data centre, and a system that converts diesel engines to hydrogen. Finalists Finalists included Chitonous, Cloud&Heat Technologies, Biomass Energy Systems Inc, Dewcon Instruments Inc, Flexi Systems Singapore, Sophie’s Kitchen, Neuto HEEV and Revolv.

Sophie’s Kitchen emerged the winner of S$1,000,000 in The Liveability Challenge 2019 with sustainable plant protein made with microalgae. Revolv was granded a crowdfunding campaign worth S$500,000 with FundedHere. Neuto Heev was awarded a six-month mentorship with GoImpact. Also awarded a six-month mentorship programme with Circular Economy Club was Chitonous, a company that 3D prints furniture from organic material. The final winner was an idea for an energy-efficient airconditioner, which was a collaboration between three firms: Besi, Flexi Singapore, and Dewcon USA. fundraising campaign worth S$1 million and a place in the GoMassive Bootcamp Incubator Programme.

Read more about TLC 2019

Speakers.

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Eugene Wang

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Sophie’s BioNutrients Pte Ltd

2020

2019

2018

Shinbo Won

Director, Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

2020

2019

2018

Richard Horne

Vice President, Marketing Centre Packaging
Borouge

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Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive
Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

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Adam A. Lyle

Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Padang & Co

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2018

Karen Sim

Senior Sustainability Strategist, Forum for the Future

2020

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Alan Adams

Director of Sustainability, Sealed Air APAC

2020

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Junice Yeo

Deputy Managing Director, Eco-Business

2020

2019

2018

Edwin Seah

Head of Sustainability & Communications, Food Industry Asia

Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive
Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

Danielle Joseph

Executive Director
Closed Loop Partners

William Feng

Board Director
Vertech Capital

Steve Melhuish

Entrepreneur & Impact Investor
Planet Rise

Christina Lee

Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Global Green Connect
Global Green Economic Forum (GGEF)

2019 Winner.

Winner

Sophie’s Kitchen, a firm that makes a sustainable plant protein, is the winner of The Liveability Challenge 2019, a global search for ideas to make Southeast Asia’s cities more liveable and resilient. With the win, Temasek Foundation has awarded S$1 million to Sophie’s Kitchen to produce the protein, made with microalgae, can be used in anything from dietary supplements and cooking oil to biofuel, and will become part of a global market for alternative protein set to be worth US$16 billion by 2025.

Read more about TLC 2019

2018 Winner.

Winner

RWDC Industries, whose proposal replaces single-use plastic straws with drinking straws made from a certified biodegradable biopolymer is the winner of The Liveability  Challenge 2018 with biodegradable straws. With the win, RWDC Industries will produce biodegradable straws that would decompose under regular natural conditions into water and carbon dioxide.

Read more about TLC 2018

Latest News.

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Cow-free milk wins The Liveability Challenge 2020
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July 2020

A lab-grown alternative to cow's milk has won an annual search for solutions to make Southeast Asia's cities more resilient, sustainable places to live.

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Seven finalists to compete in The Liveability Challenge 2020
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May 2020
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Seven finalists for The Liveability Challenge 2020 Grand Finale unveiled
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May 2020
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