Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge

Background / Description

The Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge brings together industry partners, government agencies and innovators to drive sustainability innovation in Singapore – for the world. We are inviting all local and foreign startups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to join the challenge, to develop new technologies or solutions for key sustainability problems, ranging from resource efficiency, zero waste, green transport or sustainable built environment.

The first open innovation call will be launched at Singapore FinTech Festival X Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SFF X SWITCH) on 11-15 Nov 2019, with plan for future calls. Each innovation call comprises a set of challenge statements from different corporate and government agency partners seeking innovative solutions. The challenge statement owners will provide user requirements, opportunities for test-bedding, and may potentially be your first customer.

Technical Specifications

The Challenge Statements are:


Challenge statement

Sembcorp Industries

Autonomous solution to sort and recover recyclable waste materials at Sembcorp’s Material Recovery Facilities (MRF)

Mobile Application to show the location and availability of Electric Vehicle (EV) chargers at Sembcorp facilities with online payment capability

YCH Group

Economical and energy efficient solution to control Automated Storage Retrieval System (ASRS) temperature and humidity levels

Haier Group

Reducing water consumption and detergent usage for dishwasher and washing machine

Green Alternatives or Solutions to Reduce Carbon Footprint of Refrigerators and Air-conditioners

ENGIE Factory

Non-invasive solution to evaluate the energy efficiency potential of commercial buildings

National Environment Agency (NEA) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS)

Towards a zero waste resort

National Environment Agency (NEA) and Pan Pacific Hotels Group (PPHG)

Towards a zero waste hotel

JTC Corporation

Safe and environmental-friendly on-site industrial and commercial solid waste (ICW) treatment solution

Enabling prescriptive/predictive maintenance as well as continuous optimisation of air-conditioning system

Housing & Development Board (HDB)

Reducing reliance on traditional concrete constituents for new buildings

Reducing ambient temperature around HDB estates

EM Services

Safe and efficient tree-pruning system

Reducing water wastage when cleaning water storage tank


Below is a summary of technical briefings for the Challenge:

Briefing DateChallenge Statement Owner(s)Registration Link
12-Nov-19NEA, RWS, PPHGHere
18-Nov-19Sembcorp, Haier, EM Services, HDB, JTCHere


More information will be released after the launch of this challenge.

Preferred Business Model

  • R&D Collaboration

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