Terms and Conditions of

Healthcare Open Innovation Challenge 2020


Healthcare Open Innovation Challenge 2020 (the “Programme”) is organized by Enterprise Singapore (“ESG”) and Padang & Co Pte Ltd, UEN No.: 201406957G (“Padang”) henceforth collectively known as “the Organisers”.


These Terms and Conditions govern the Programme. Participation in the Programme constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions as may be amended by the Organisers when required at the Organisers’ sole discretion.




“Programme”: Healthcare Open Innovation Challenge from launch as of 5 Nov to the announcement of winner.


“Deliverables”: jointly refers to the Application Questionnaire and the Pitch Deck.

 “Participant”: refers to any company registered in accordance with the T&Cs who takes part in the Programme.


“Challenge Sponsors”: refers to participating industry players - SingHealth, National University Health System (NUHS), National Healthcare Group (NHG), HMI Group and St Luke’s ElderCare. 




2.1. Participation in this Programme is free. Each Team shall be responsible for all its costs of entering and participating in the Programme, including without limitation all costs of development, prototyping, manufacture, testing, marketing, video production, licensing, searches, registration and protection of intellectual property rights, legal costs, travel cost, costs of obtaining third party consents and licences. Each Team Member recognises that there is no guarantee that their Team, or any other Team, will win the Programme and that participation is entirely at each Team’s own risk.


2.2. By participating in the Programme, the Participant will have read these T&Cs, and fully accepted their terms in their entirety without reservation.


2.3. Any Participant who does not abide by the terms of the T&Cs at any time during the Programme will be automatically disqualified from the Programme.




3.1. The Programme will be held during the period from 5 November 2020 to 31 March 2021, both dates inclusive (“Programme Period”). The Organiser reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or suspend the Programme or any part thereof at any time or re-schedule the dates of the Programme or extend the Programme Period.


3.2. To apply for the Programme, the Participant must fill in a questionnaire (“Application Questionnaire”) on the Website on or before the 2359 hours Singapore time on 21 December 2020. (“Deadline”) 


3.3. Any Application Questionnaire containing incomplete information will not be accepted as an application entry. 


3.4. The Participant agrees to be contacted through email sent by the Organisers during their participation in the Programme. The Participant also agrees to be contacted by phone.



Phase 1: Submission for shortlisting

4.1.1 To participate in the Challenge, each Team must complete their proposal in English detailing their solution to a particular Challenge Statement (“Proposal”). For the pitch deck, it must be submitted in PPT, PPTX or PDF format.


4.1.2 In case of difficulties or an inability to read the Deliverables, the relevant Participant will be notified and have the responsibility to re-submit it within 12 hours of the notification being sent out by the Organisers.


4.1.3. Each Participant undertakes that the content of the Deliverables, and any other additional document submitted for the purpose of the Programme, is produced by itself. If it is found that the content has been plagiarized, the Participant will be disqualified.


4.1.4. The use of photos or images must be free of copyright. In any case, the Organisers will not be held responsible for the use of documents on which third parties have rights.


4.1.5. Each Team’s Proposal must be submitted online by the Deadline, and must include all necessary documents and details as stipulated by the Organisers, at the following URL: www.healthcarechallenge.sg


4.1.6. Each Team hereby authorises the Organisers to reproduce their trademark and their registered business names free of charge on all communication and publicity materials for the Programme and future Programmes of the same title, including but not limited to the Organiser’s intranet and external websites, email signatures/newsletters, press releases, posters/banners at trade fairs, and on various social media platforms.


Phase 2: Demo Preparation

4.2.1. The Organisers will shortlist 3 of the participating Teams per Challenge (the “Shortlisted Teams”) to further develop their Proposal, through consultations with the respective Challenge Sponsors. All other Teams will be deemed to have been eliminated from the Programme.


4.2.2. Teams who have submitted multiple Proposals will only be shortlisted for only one (1) Proposal, to be determined at the Organisers’ sole discretion.


4.2.3. Shortlisted Teams that remain uncontactable and/or fail to accept the Organisers’ invitation by the date and time to be stipulated will be deemed to have forfeited their continued participation in the Programme. In such an event, the Organisers shall have the absolute discretion to select other participating Teams in their place. The Organisers’ decision with regard to the shortlisting of Teams (and any dispute relating thereto or arising thereof) is final.


Phase 3: Selection of winner for piloting

4.3.1. The Shortlisted Teams will be allowed an opportunity to present their proposed solution (their ”Pitch”) to a panel of judges (to be appointed by the Organisers at their sole discretion) (the “Judges”) at a time and place to be fixed approximately three (3) months after the Teams have been shortlisted at an event called (“Demo Day”).


4.3.2. Pitches may be in the format of a working prototype, presentation slides or video. 


4.3.3. If a Shortlisted Team does not present their Pitch during the time slot allocated to them on Demo Day, the Team is deemed to have forfeited their participation in the Challenge.


4.3.4. Details relating to Demo Day and Industry Day as set out in the aforementioned paragraphs will be confirmed at a later date and are subject to change at the sole and absolute discretion of the Organisers.


Article 5 - JUDGING 


5.1. After the Deadline, ESG and the Judges will evaluate Participants and shortlist up to 3 Participants (“Demo Participant”) per challenge statement, to proceed to the next phase of Demo Preparation. During the Demo Preparation phase, Demo Participants will have the opportunity to engage with clinicians from the respective Challenge Sponsors to refine their demo pitch deck (“Demo Pitch”) and present during the Demo Day. The Demo Pitch should include a cost estimate and the potential intellectual property arrangements with the respective Challenge Owners for the co-development of a solution. More details will be released at a later stage.


5.2. After the Demo Day, the Judges will identify a winner per Challenge Statement. All Deliverables and Demo Pitches shall be evaluated by the respective Challenge Sponsors. Challenge Sponsors will reserve sole discretion to shortlist solutions which may be further evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of representatives from Challenge Sponsors, the Organisers and other Industry experts invited by the Organisers (“Judges”). 

5.3. The Judges' decisions in all matters relating to the Challenge, including eligibility of the Participant and the selection of the winners, will be final and the Judges shall not be obliged to entertain any correspondence or queries in relation to the same. The Judges shall not be obliged to select a winner if, in their view, none of the Project Proposals is of sufficient merit. The Participants are advised to understand the judging criteria well to improve their chances of success.


5.4. The Organisers, the Judges, and the Challenge Sponsors are not obliged to adopt any of the solutions that are developed under this Challenge. The Organisers will however, as much as possible facilitate the co-development and piloting of solutions between the Participant and the Challenge Sponsors.


5.5. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify entries which, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with these T&Cs. The Organisers reserves the right to disqualify or replace any winner if they or he or she is found to be in breach of these Rules or otherwise disqualified. Such disqualified winners will be required to refund the full amount of any funding awarded.


5.6. Participant shall not enter their ideas or any part of the Project Proposal (including software, prototypes or products) in another competition or exhibition unless the Challenge Sponsors that the Participant submitted their Project Proposals to, have turned down their first right of refusal, and in any case not before the end of the Challenge Period.


5.7. From the moment of registration for the Competition, all Participants acknowledge and agree to be present for all meetings requested by the Challenge Sponsor and events as scheduled by the Organiser ("Events"). At least 1 team member is to be present at any Event to represent the team. However, all team members are encouraged to attend and participate. In the event that the Participant(s) cannot be present, a valid reason must be given as early as possible. Failure to comply may result in the Participant and/or the team being disqualified from the Challenge.


5.8. Participant(s) or team(s) that are disqualified from the Challenge will be removed from the Challenge immediately and will have to refund the full amount of any funding awarded at any point during the course of the Competition (including any extended period), to the Organisers.


Article 6 - FUNDING

Industry Track

6.1. For each challenge statement under this track for the Healthcare Open Innovation Challenge, Enterprise Singapore will award up to $2 million in co-funding grant support (for eligible enterprises) from prototype, pilot deployment to adoption. Of the $2 million, the winning team(s) will be allocated up to $1 million, while the remainder of up to $1 million is allocated to support the subsequent adoption of the solutions. 


6.2. 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(s) collaborating with Public Researchers

6.3 Enterprise(s) may collaborate with public researcher(s) from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Research Institutes (RIs) on solution development projects. The enterprise has to lead the proposal submission and eventually commercialise the proposed solution.

6.4. 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 Innovation and Enterprise Office (IEO) endorsement. For details, the public researcher(s) should refer to their respective IEO.


Enterprise Track

6.5. 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.


6.6. 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.

6.7. 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.




7.1 By registering for the Programme and submitting the Deliverables and Demo Pitch, each Participant affirms that the Deliverables are his/her/the team's original work and that the Participant(s) have the necessary rights to submit the Deliverables and Demo Pitch. The Participant(s) further warrant that the submission does not violate any law or regulation or any rights of any third party. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Participant in a scenario where the Organisers believe in its sole and absolute discretion that the submitted Deliverables and/or Demo Pitch or any part thereof infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party. Participants shall indemnify and hold harmless the Organisers and their respective officers against any claims or costs relating to a breach of this term.


7.2 The Participant warrants that any and all of the copyright, patents, trademarks, design rights, know-how, and other intellectual property and proprietary rights subsisting in or used in connection with the Deliverables (“Intellectual Property Rights”) is and remain the sole property of the Participant. 


7.3 Participants shall grant Challenge Sponsors a right of first refusal ("ROFR") to collaborate with said Participant on any commercialisation of foreground IP generated (“Programme IP”), if any, during the Programme Period. The ROFR shall expire and cease to have effect 90 days after the Programme Period. For the avoidance of doubt, the ROFR extends to intended commercialisation of the Programme IP by the Participant alone. Participants shall fully retain their respective background IP rights, unless otherwise agreed between the Challenge Sponsor and the Participant. Alternate or future arrangements of ownership of foreground IP created post-Programme Period shall be negotiated separately between the Participants and respective Challenge Sponsors and independent of the Organiser, after submission of the Deliverables and the Demo Pitch.


7.4 The agreements and arrangements referred to in the preceding clause para 7.3 are solely between the Participant and the Challenge Sponsors. The Participant shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organisers against any and all claims, suits, losses, damages, costs, fees, and expenses arising out of or in connection with the Intellectual Property Rights. 


7.5  Nothing in these T&Cs constitute a license of the Intellectual Property Rights by the Participant to any of the Organisers.



8.1 If applicable, participants shall agree to fully observe the separate terms of the Challenge Sponsors and these terms will be made available to the Participants.




9.1. The Participant shall authorise the Organisers to reproduce their trademark and their registered business names free of charge on communication materials about the Programme, including, but not limited, to websites, email signatures, newsletters, press releases, posters or banners at trade fairs, and on various social media platforms.


9.2 The Participant shall agree and consent to public disclosure and use of their company members’ name, image, audio, and video recording for publicity purposes without payment or compensation.


Article 10 – LIABILITY


10.1. The Organisers shall not be liable to the Participant for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or suffered by the Participant howsoever arising in connection with the Participant’s participation in the Programme, whether virtually via the website, or physically in person, and including but not limited to the disclosure and publication of the Deliverables in connection with the Programme.  


Article 11 – PERSONAL DATA


11.1. Where the Participant has disclosed to the Organisers personal data of her/himself (where the Participant is a natural person) or of his representatives (where the Participant is a corporate entity), the Participant hereby gives his own consent, and confirms that he has obtained from such persons their consent to the collection, use and disclosure by the Organisers of such personal data, for example, as mentioned in Article 3.




12.1 The Organisers reserve the right to modify the T&Cs at any time, without prior notification to the Participant. The Participant is invited to read the T&Cs, which are published on the Website, on a regular basis. 




13.1 The Organisers reserve the right to cancel, shorten, and suspend the Programme without prior notice.




14.1 These T&Cs are governed by and construed in accordance with Singapore law. The Organisers and the Participant submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.