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July 2020

The Liveability Challenge 2020 Grand Finale

Virtual Event

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If you had S$1 million to invest in a sustainable solution, would you choose to produce alternative protein from cell or plant-based sources? Invest in biodegradable packaging film from food waste or sidestreams? Or back greener technologies that drastically reduce greenhouse gas in our atmosphere?

This 8 July, we bring you the highly anticipated The Liveability Challenge 2020 Grand Finale, where seven teams will pitch their food production, circular packaging and decarbonisation solutions for cities in the tropics.

Following a 6-month journey, seven finalists have beaten more than 400 other applicants from over 60 countries to earn a place at the grand finale. They must convince a panel of Asia's most renowned investors that they deserve the ultimate prize of up to S$1 million in project funding and other exclusive opportunities.

Who will walk away as the Grand Winner of The Liveability Challenge 2020?

You're invited to witness history in the making on Wednesday, 8 July at 2.30 pm. Watch the pitches, hear from the Grand Winner of the 2019 edition, and gain insights at our plenary discussion on future-fit business models with the region's leading opinion leaders.

Register now for The Liveability Challenge 2020 here

*Due to limited space, all successful registrations will receive the link to access the event within 5 days of registration. Please keep a lookout for the confirmation email. Thank you!

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Speakers

William Feng

Board Director, Vertech Capital

Richard Horne

Vice President, Marketing Centre Packaging, Borouge

Danielle Joseph

Executive Director, Closed Loop Partners

Christina Lee

Founder & CEO, Global Green Connect, GGEF (Global Green Economic Forum)

Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

Steve Melhuish

Entrepreneur & Impact Investor, Planet Rise

Eugene Wang

Co-Founder & CEO, Sophie’s BioNutrients Pte Ltd

Shinbo Won

Director, Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

Hosts and moderators

Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

Agenda

2:30 pm

Opening Remarks

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Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

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2:45 pm

Pitching and Judges' Question and Answer

The seven finalists will make their pitch at The Liveability Challenge Grand Finale before some of Asia's most sought-after investors. At this high-stakes highly anticipated showdown held on 8th July, finalists will have to convince the judges that their innovations will not only change the way a city produces and consumes resources but are also a groundbreaking—and profitable—business opportunity.

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1. Mi Terro (United States)

Solution: Packaging film and apparel made from milk waste

2. TurtleTree Labs (Singapore)

Solution: Producing milk using biotechnology

3. GALY (United States)

Solution: Lab-grown cotton from plant stem cells

4. NamZ (Singapore)

Solution: Plant-based milk made from Bambara groundnuts

5. String Bio (India)

Solution: Alternative proteins made by fermenting methane

6. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore)

Solution: Biodegradable replacement for plastic film wrap made from crustacean shells

7. Shiok Meats (Singapore)

‍Solution: Cell-based shrimp for sustainable seafood production

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Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

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Danielle Joseph

Executive Director, Closed Loop Partners

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Steve Melhuish

Entrepreneur & Impact Investor, Planet Rise

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Christina Lee

Founder & CEO, Global Green Connect, GGEF (Global Green Economic Forum)

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William Feng

Board Director, Vertech Capital

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Judges' recess and deliberation

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4:00 pm

Special Presentation by Eugene Wang

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Co-Founder & CEO, Sophie’s BioNutrients Pte Ltd

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4:10 pm

How future-fit is packaging?

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Vice President, Marketing Centre Packaging, Borouge

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4:20 pm

Plenary dialogue: Future-fit business models in an unprecedented era

We live in a complex, unprecedented era in which multiple forces — such as climate change, rising pollution, resource scarcity, social instability, technology disruption and intensifying pandemics — are converging to pose critical challenges like never before.

In this climate, businesses are under increasing pressure to demonstrate how they can continue to generate economic value, while at the same time protect the well-being of people and the planet. This is pushing ESG investing into the mainstream as investors look to put their money on future-fit businesses that will thrive in this uncertain future.

What does it mean today to have a resilient business that is fit for the future? How can an organisation embed sustainability principles into its business models, and what do investors today look for?

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Shinbo Won

Director, Investment Stewardship, BlackRock

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Eugene Wang

Co-Founder & CEO, Sophie’s BioNutrients Pte Ltd

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

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Judges' feedback and unveiling of winners

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Concluding remarks and end of event

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