A new world deserves new solutions

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.


The Liveability Challenge 2018

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.

On 11 July 2018, six teams took the stage at The Liveability Challenge 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 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. Finalists included Neutria, Neso, Project Klean, Indoor CLimate Technologies, RWDC Industries and Latheacond Technologies.

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.

Watch the finale here.

The judges were:

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

Funding the Future

The audience was 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 sought to answer 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 was moderated by Daniel Lin, Executive Director of FundedHere.

Daniel Lin, Executive Director of FundedHere
En Lee, Partner and Head of Asia Pacific at LGT Impact
Jessica Cheam, Managing Editor, Eco-Business
Jason Godfrey, TV Host and Actor


For enquiries, please email tlc[at]eco-business.com  with ‘The Liveability Challenge Finale’ in your subject line with your name, title and organization name.

Can we turn Asia’s urban sweatboxes into liveable cities?
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Brought to you by

Challenge Partner

Knowledge Partners


Communication Partner

Supporting Partners

Collective Type Co.