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July 2021

The Liveability Challenge 2021 Grand Finale

Virtual

1400hrs - 1715hrs (SGT)

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By 2050, global carbon emissions must reach net zero emissions to keep temperatures within a 1.5 degree Celsius rise from pre-industrial levels. Scientists regard this as critical to prevent the worst effects of climate change. With more than 50 billion tonnes of carbon emissions released into the atmosphere annually, we need revolutionary ideas that will enable humanity to drastically reduce the production of greenhouse gas emissions and its removal at scale.

At the same time, our disposable culture has exacerbated resource scarcity, and created a pollution crisis that threatens the natural ecosystems which we need to thrive. We need a circular economy to replace the existing linear model that is hugely wasteful and pollutive. How can we find solutions which are restorative and regenerative in design?  

Finalists will compete for the grand prize of up to S$1 million in grant funding for project development by Temasek Foundation, a minimum of S$50,000 investment by Planet Rise, a S$50,000 investment by Amasia and S$50,000 investment by Silverstrand Capital.

The Liveability Challenge is also excited to announce a new partnership with Microsoft. All finalists will also secure a spot on the Microsoft for Sustainability Innovation Programme.

Congratulations to the six finalists who will take the stage at the Grand Finale on 28 July to pitch their solutions to some of Asia's most sought after investors:

1. Aegis Packaging (Singapore): O2X TM: Making sustainable packaging possible
2. DiviGas (Singapore): Hydrogen membranes used in carbon capture at refineries
3. Econic Technologies (United Kingdom): Carbon dioxide – From waste to opportunity
4. NEU Battery Materials (Singapore): Producing clean and sustainable lithium
5. Seachange (United States of America): Atmospheric carbon removal at the gigatonne scale
6. SEPPURE (Singapore): Sustainable solvent recovery and reuse using nanofiltration technology

Who will emerge the Grand Winner of The Liveability Challenge 2021? Join us to find out.

Guest of Honour

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Speakers

Max Rye

Chief Strategist and Co-Founder, TurtleTree Labs

Fengru Lin

CEO and Co-Founder, TurtleTree Labs

John Kim

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Amasia

Patti Chu

Co-Head, Impact Investment, Silverstrand Capital

James Tan

Managing Partner, Quest Ventures

Lorena Paglia

Sustainability Lead Asia, Microsoft

Alice Charles

Project Lead, Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform, World Economic Forum

Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

Steve Melhuish

Entrepreneur & Impact Investor, Planet Rise

Meaghan See

Director of Partnerships, Head of Events and Engagement, Eco-Business

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Agenda

2:00 pm

Registration

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2:30 pm

Welcome remarks

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Jessica Cheam

Founder and Managing Director, Eco-Business

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2:40 pm

TLC 2021 Grand Finale – Final pitches and Judges Q&A

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Lim Hock Chuan

Chief Executive, Temasek Foundation Ecosperity

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John Kim

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Amasia

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Steve Melhuish

Entrepreneur & Impact Investor, Planet Rise

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Patti Chu

Co-Head, Impact Investment, Silverstrand Capital

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Alice Charles

Project Lead, Cities, Infrastructure and Urban Services Platform, World Economic Forum

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4:00 pm

Judges' reccess and deliberation /​ Special presentation by TLC 2020 grand winner TurtleTree Labs

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Fengru Lin

CEO and Co-Founder, TurtleTree Labs

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4:15 pm

Plenary dialogue — The intersection of sustainability and innovation: How do we achieve impact at scale?​

Sustainable innovation – creating new products and solutions that contribute to human development while respecting the world’s natural resources and regenerative capacity – has never been more important. As the Covid-19 pandemic has created a sense of urgency for businesses to improve their sustainability credentials, it has forced a re-assessment of business models and approach to innovation.

Many industries – from energy to meat, transportation to finance – have been disrupted by sustainability trends. At the same time, a recent IBM study showed that nearly 8 out of 10 consumers indicate that sustainability is important to them and of these, over 70 percent would pay a premium of 35 percent for brands that are sustainable. How are organisations today responding to evolving consumer choices and the increasing demands from stakeholders? What are the drivers and barriers for organisations to invest in sustainable innovation?

Join us for the plenary discussion at the grand finale of The Liveability Challenge as we discuss with leading minds what to needs to be done to achieve impact at scale.

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James Tan

Managing Partner, Quest Ventures

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Lorena Paglia

Sustainability Lead Asia, Microsoft

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Meaghan See

Director of Partnerships, Head of Events and Engagement, Eco-Business

4:45 pm

Judges' feedback and unveiling of winners

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5:15 pm

Closing remarks

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