Call For Application: Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2021 – Round 2

Call For Application: Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2021 - Round 2

About the challenge: 

Following the successes of the past two Sustainability Open Innovation Challenges (SOICs), Enterprise Singapore (ESG) is once again collaborating with key industry partners to launch its third edition with challenge statements in major sustainability areas. This year’s edition of the Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge consists of 2 separate rounds, each with different challenge owners and challenge statements. Although participation for round 1 is now closed, ESG and partners are inviting startups to join round 2 of the innovation challenge.

With ever-increasing global average temperatures, diminishing natural resources, growing waste, and rising greenhouse gas emissions, there is an urgent need to develop and implement sustainable solutions to restore and protect our environment.

As the recovery of our ecosystems is both a complex and multi-faceted challenge, collaboration is key to innovating towards a more sustainable future. Round 2 of this year’s edition is bringing onboard new partners such as Sentosa Development Corporation, L’Oréal, JBM Group, P&G, Volkswagen, Lagardère, dnata, Grab, Wee Hur Holdings and LHN Energy Resources.


Shortlisted and Finalist Companies

  • Access to co-innovation opportunities with corporates and/or government agencies and connect with their experts and resources.
  • Leverage mentorship & industry network from corporate partners and sector experts

Winning Companies

  • Winning companies that meet the eligibility criteria of the grant applications may also be provided with funding support to develop their solutions, access testbedding sites, paid trials and pilot opportunities.

Eligibility criteria:

Startups providing solutions for the following areas:


  • Green buildings
  • Sustainable materials/packaging
  • Waste management
  • Zero-Waste supply chain


  • Low carbon alternatives
  • Renewable energy
  • Sustainable transport

Challenge timeline:

Application Phase: November 8, 2021 – February 9,2022

Shortlisting Phase: February 10,2022 – March 10, 2022

Deepening Phase: March 11,2022 – April 8, 2022

Selection Phase: April 11, 2022 – April 25, 2022

Final Pitching Day: May 2022

For more information: Sustainability Open Innovation Challenge 2021 – Round 2

Other Current calls for application:

Athar Green Program

GSMA innovation fund for climate resilience and adaptation

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