Seeking Game-Changing Solutions for The Liveability Challenge

Background / Description

Presented by Temasek Foundation Ecosperity and organised by Eco-Business, The Liveability Challenge is a global platform that hunts for and accelerates the launch of innovative and ground-breaking solutions to challenges that cities in the tropics face in the 21st Century. Between 10 January and 5 April 2019, the Challenge is calling for solutions that will speed up the transition to clean energy and circular economy. Six finalists will pitch their solutions to some of Asia's most sought-after investors for the chance to secure up to S$1 million in funding and other exclusive opportunities in a high-stakes showdown at The Liveability Challenge Grand Finale on 7 June 2019.

Technical Specifications

The Liveability Challenge is looking for solutions that will enable cities in the tropics, such as Singapore, to drastically reduce the carbon emissions produced by a city’s energy and electricity consumption. This could include solutions for:

  • Compact energy storage for dense city centres
  • Decentralised, renewable, and zero-carbon electricity generation
  • More efficient materials for use in renewable energy generation
  • Technology to improve energy efficiency 

Entries under the Circular Economy track of The Liveability Challenge must be able to create high economic or social value out of existing waste streams or demonstrate full circularity. This could include solutions for:

  • New materials made from renewable sources
  • Sharing economy or new business models that promote modularity, repairability and product lifespan extension
  • Closed-loop business models/technologies that manage and minimise waste


  • The Liveability Challenge only accepts projects which are already at Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL 6) and above. TRL 6: Projects must have formulated its technology concept and application, undergone analytical and characteristic proof of concept and value. You have a prototype proven to work in lab and seeking to test in operational environment.
  • Solutions should take into account urban, climatic and cultural factors in Singapore and must be applicable to the city, as well as other cities in the tropics.
  • Do note that to be considered for funding your project should have or should plan for a pilot project in Singapore.


  • Energy
  • Waste Management & Recycling


5th April 2019

Please refer to the FAQ section in the challenge website (See Proceed to Details below) for full details
on the submission guidelines, evaluation criteria and terms & conditions.

Preferred Business Model

  • Business Collaboration (Joint Venture, Distribution)
  • Others

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