The Asian Century is here.
Our cities are booming, populations are growing, and rapid economic development is transforming the region. It’s the dawn of a new era, and a chance to get sustainable development right. But as cities fill up with people in search of brighter futures and better livelihoods, we need solutions to ensure that cities are green, clean, resilient and cool. In short, cities that are liveable.
The Liveability Challenge aims to close the financing gap between the ideas that will make our cities better and the investments that will make these solutions a reality.
Stay tuned for The Liveability Challenge 2019.
Wednesday, 11 July 2018
Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre
Ballroom L + K, 5th Floor
9am – 1pm
This 11 July, six teams will take the stage at The Liveability Challenge Finale and pitch their innovative solutions to make Singapore a more liveable city in an exciting showdown to secure up to S$1 million in funding for the development of their projects.
In an exciting event held on the sidelines of the World Cities Summit and CleanEnviro Singapore Summit at Marina Bay Sands, finalists will face down five of Singapore’s sharpest and most sought-after investors. They will attempt 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.
Some of these solutions include biodegradable foodware, a vacuum-based solution for outdoor cooling, and a reverse vending machine that pays for waste in cryptocurrency. Hosting the event will be TV host and actor Jason Godfrey and Eco-Business managing editor Jessica Cheam.
The finalists are:
Following a successful two-month global call for innovative, ground-breaking solutions in waste management and cooling, over 200 applications from 34 countries around the world were filed and the six most promising ones selected.
RWDC Industries emerged the winner of $980,000 in The Liveability Challenge 2018 with biodegradable straws. RWDC Industries overcame five other finalists at the inaugural edition of The Liveability Challenge to walk away with $980,000 to jumpstart its proposal to replace single-use plastic straws with drinking straws made from a certified biodegradable biopolymer.
The judges are:
Can we turn Asia’s urban sweatboxes into liveable cities?
The audience will also be treated to an intimate fireside chat with En Lee, Partner and Head of Asia Pacific at LGT Impact, the impact investment arm of LGT, the world’s largest family-owned private banking and asset management group with over US$200 billion in assets under management.
Titled Funding the Future, it will seek answers to the question of how society can support the growth of much-needed, sustainable solutions today and how to make these attractive for private equity and venture capitalists. The dialogue will be moderated by Daniel Lin, Executive Director of FundedHere.
|9.30am||Opening remarks by hosts Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business and
Jason Godfrey, TV host and actor
|Pitching by finalists (5 mins presentation, 5 mins Q&A by judges each team)
· Elim Chew, Founder, FastFast & 77th Street
· Vinnie Lauria, Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures
· Brandon Courban, Executive Director, Olympus Capital Asia
· Assaad Razzouk, Group Chief Executive, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources
· Lim Hock Chuan, Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity
|Judges’ recess and fireside chat
Moderator: Daniel Lin, Managing Director, FundedHere
Speaker: En Lee, Partner and Head of Asia Pacific, LGT Impact
Fireside chat: Funding the Future
Rapid economic and urban development across Asia has given rise to cities that are financially wealthy but congested with little room for the environment. In order to achieve sustainable development, we need game-changing cleantech solutions — floating solar panels, vertical urban gardens or even edible plastics.
According to the Asian Development Bank, there is a $1.3 trillion market for cleantech globally. Yet less than 2 per cent of start-ups in Asia are focused on cleantech, and under 10 per cent of global cleantech venture capital investment goes to entrepreneurs and start-ups in Asia.
How can we support the growth of these solutions and what needs to be done to make them attractive investments for private equity and venture capitalists? In this dialogue, we’ll hear from one of the region’s top investors about what it means to invest in sustainability, and how we can move the needle to get more venture capitalists interested in funding the future.
|12 noon||Networking lunch|
To attend, email events[at]eco-business.com with ‘The Liveability Challenge Finale’ in your subject line with your name, title and organization name and we will send you a registration link.