The top 24 teams have been selected!

open category teams

Startup category teams

The Challenge

Nanning Municipal D&R commission and Cloudbae is committed to working with local partners in ASEAN to promote the integration of innovation and youth entrepreneurship in the region. 

A  joint initiative by Nanning Municipal D&R commission, Cloudbae, *SCAPE and StartupX, the 2019 China - ASEAN New Smart City Innovation & Entrepreneurship Competition aims to select the most innovative Smart City ideas from individuals, youths, enterprises, organisations and institutions and further supports them with the opportunity to realise their ideas in the China-ASEAN Smart City Innovation center. The competition would focus on improving access to opportunities for entrepreneurs in ASEAN regions and promoting smart city development by taking advantage of digital technology with Singapore based as the collaboration hub for ASEAN.

Why Participate

  • Cash prizes up to a grand total of SGD$150K*

  • Up to $20,000 startup benefits and setup support and resources from StartupX, Cloudbae, Stripe, Hubspot and other partners

  • Tickets to Nanning to pitch in the Grand Finals

  • Free pitching workshop to prepare for Grand Finals in Nanning

  • Opportunity to pitch on local Chinese TV

  • Opportunity to testbed in Nanning and partner local Chinese companies

  • Tour the China-ASEAN Smart City Innovation Centre

  • Promotional media opportunities in Singapore and China

*Estimated value, actual value subjected to currency exchange rate

How do I participate 

There are 2 categories in this competition - Open and Startup Category


The open category is for students and individuals with early-stage smart city ideas. No MVP is required.

The startup category is for established startups working on smart city solutions with MVP and traction.


Interested participants can submit their applications here.

12 applicants per category (Total of 24 applicants) will be shortlisted to pitch at the semi-finals held in Singapore. The Top 6 finalists per category (Total of 12 teams) selected from the semi-finals will be flown to Nanning to participate in the Grand Finale. 

Check out the challenge timeline below for more information on event dates. 

Challenge Timeline

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Judging criteria 

Applications will be assessed based on the following judging criteria. 

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semi-finals in sg

Up to 24 teams (12 teams from the individual category and 12 teams from the startup category) will be shortlisted for a chance to pitch in the semi-final round in Singapore.

Top 12 teams (6 teams from the Open Category and 6 teams from the Startup Category) will be selected. Each team will be awarded S$1,900*.


Grand Finale in Nanning

Top 12 teams selected from the semi-finals in Singapore will be flown to Nanning to join the Grand Finale where they stand a chance to win S$ 19,800*!

On top of that, 3 teams in each category will win the Special Award with cash prize of $5,900*.


*Estimated value, actual value subjected to currency exchange rate

Who are we looking for

We are looking for individual innovators and startups with revolutionary smart city innovations in Singapore and/or ASEAN cities. Early-stage teams with innovative ideas and startups that are ready to explore global opportunities beyond Singapore and/or ASEAN cities are welcome to submit their application here

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terms and conditions

By signing up for this competition, you agree to the stated terms and conditions.