Frequently asked questions

Who is eligible to participate?

We are looking for innovative startups and SMEs that can develop a solution that addresses our challenges. Participants can be located anywhere in the world but must have the interest to establish in Singapore, develop and test their solutions with the Challenge Owners in Singapore during and after the Challenge.

  • This competition is open to all startups and SMEs across the world.
  • SMEs are companies with less than 200 employees or an annual turnover of less than SGD100 million.
  • For Enterprise Track challenge statements, participants must be incorporated in Singapore with at least 30% local shareholding (Singaporeans / PR).

How can I participate?

To participate, please complete our application form.

How many challenge statements can a company submit proposals for?

You are free to submit as many solutions as there are problem statements. Check out the complete list of challenges.

What is the deadline for submissions?

Submissions will officially close on Monday, 21 December, 2359hrs (UTC+8).

What are the evaluation criteria?

All submissions will assessed based on the following criteria:

  • How clear is the proposal in addressing the outlined challenge?
  • How effective is the solution in solving the challenge statement?

  • How sound is the proposal for the pilot?
  • Is the solution technically feasible and scalable?
  • In terms of time, effort, and cost, how likely will users / stakeholders adopt their solution?

  • How does this proposed solution compare to the next best alternatives?
  • Does the team have the technical capabilities to customize a solution for the context of this challenge?

  • Do the founders and team have relevant past experience and successes?
  • Does the company have a strong portfolio of clients or investors to sustain their business?

Will I have to give up any equity or IP?

All background intellectual property (IP) rights are owned by creators. Any commercialisation of IP generated during this Programme shall be negotiated separately between the participants and respective challenge sponsors after submission of the deliverables and the demo pitch.

Please refer to the ‘ Intellectual Property’ section under our Terms & Conditions for more information.

What is the difference between the Enterprise Track and the Industry Track?

What is the funding support?

Industry Track
1. For each challenge statement under this track for the Healthcare Open Innovation Challenge, Enterprise Singapore will award up to S$2 million in co-funding grant support (for eligible enterprises) from prototype, pilot deployment to adoption. Of the S$2 million, the winning team(s) will be allocated up to $1 million, while the remainder of up to S$1 million is allocated to support the subsequent adoption of the solutions. 2. Winners are required to submit a proposal and agreement with the multiple respective Challenge Sponsors. The agreement will include and not be limited a defined project scope, budget and milestones. The proposal and agreement will then be reviewed by Enterprise Singapore to determine the final amount of funding. Enterprise Track 3.The winner of each challenge statement in Enterprise Track will be awarded a S$25,000 Startup SG Grant. Refer to the factsheet for more information. 4. After the milestones for the Startup SG Grant have been achieved, Enterprise Singapore will next award the Enterprise Development Grant (“EDG”) (for eligible enterprises) to support prototype and co-development. Winners are required to submit a proposal for the grant through the Business Grant Portal, and receive an agreement from the respective Challenge Sponsor, which will include and not be limited to a defined project scope, budget and milestones. The proposal and agreement will then be reviewed by Enterprise Singapore to determine the final amount of funding. Funding for EDG will commence after the Startup SG Grant is awarded. Funding for EDG will commence after the Startup SG Founder Grant prize is awarded.

Can public researcher(s) from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Research Institutes (RIs) participate in this challenge?

Public researcher(s) can participate by either:

  1. Registering a new spin-off that has commitment to license the technology, led by a committed, balanced and capable team

  2. Contributing to a joint submission with industry partners (the industry partner leads the proposal submission and commercialises the solution).
    Additionally, specific to Industry Track Challenge Statements, separate funding may be provided by National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore to public researchers to collaborate with Singapore-based enterprises for POC/prototyping and pilot deployment. This funding will be for IHLs/RIs' incurred cost and will not overlap with costs funded to enterprises. IHLs/RIs would require the endorsement of the Innovation and Enterprise Office (IEO). For additional details, please refer to your respective IEO.

Note: All proposals are to be submitted by an incorporated company.