WASTE 20/20

Waste, but not wasted.

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We are excited to announce the launch of our inaugural waste-tech startup competition WASTE 20/20 in partnership with Enterprise Singapore and The Incubation Network, alongside the largest waste management corporations in Singapore! The first of its kind - we will be on the lookout for innovative solutions addressing challenges faced in the food and plastic waste streams!

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About the Programme



How can we increase resource efficiency in terms of time, number of trips, and manpower required to transport food and plastic waste to recycling facilities?



How can we break down mixed food and plastic waste into valuable byproducts? What tools can be explored to convert mixed food and plastic waste into alternative materials or products?



How can we enable better segregation and disposal of food and plastic waste to reduce contamination? Are there ways to break down food and plastic waste prior to treatment?

We are serious about waste, and serious about helping nations around the world solve their specific waste challenges, starting from Singapore. Join us to gain access to a global waste network, exclusive opportunity to pitch to waste management corporations to explore collaborations in Singapore and beyond, and funding support to take your product to the next level!

Programme Highlights

Exclusive access to key stakeholders

Exclusive access to key stakeholders

Gain the exclusive opportunity to pitch to representatives from key government agencies and the largest waste management companies in Singapore!

Up to S$50k in prizes

Up to S$50k in prizes

Top 3 teams will stand the chance to win up to S$50k in prizes, to provide further support for their developments!

Profile yourself on a global stage

Profile yourself on a global stage

The top team will be accelerated to the finals of global startup competition - SLINGSHOT, and have a digital booth at the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH) in December 2020!

We’re inviting high potential waste-tech startups from across the globe who are ready to scale up and go global to join us and address challenges in Singapore’s waste ecosystem.

Who Should Join

Have a ready minimum viable product

This should be a functional prototype that demonstrates the solution and potential of the solution to address identified challenges in the food and plastic waste streams.

Have strong interest to set up base in Singapore

The startup should be prepared to incorporate an entity in Singapore, should it be awarded prize monies as one of the top 3 teams.

Have obtained initial commercial traction

This can be in the form of revenue generated, partnerships, investments, and/or contracts obtained.

We are appreciative of the support of the following ecosystem partners that have come alongside us on this journey, to build up the waste tech ecosystem.

Community Partners

Temasek Foundation

DBS Foundation

Waste Management and Recycling Association of Singapore

Climate Collective

L Marks


ImpactHub Medellin

Co-Creation Lab

La French Tech Singapore

Sustainable Living Lab (SL2)


NUS Entrepreneurship Society

Circular Cities Asia

Impact Hub Phnom Penh

Living Labs Federation

InOff Plastic

Social Impact Catalyst

GK Plug and Play Indonesia


Spring Activator

It is our privilege to have the following representatives from key government agencies and waste management corporations in Singapore on the judging panel for the competition! 

Our Judges

Yeoh Choon Jin

Director (Urban Solutions), Enterprise Singapore

Kwok Wai Choong

Deputy Director (Cluster Development), National Environment Agency

Matteo Chiampo

Technical Director, SecondMuse

Joyce Tay

Chief Strategy Officer, StartupX

Neo Hong Keat

Managing Director, SembWaste

Milton Ng

Chief Operations Officer, 800 Super

Thomas Mattscherodt

Head of Project Management Office, ALBA-W&H

Nathaniel Phua

Business Development Manager, Tiong Lam Supplies

With the complexity of issues in the waste sector, we are glad to spearhead public-private partnership efforts to tackling waste challenges in Singapore.



Corporate Partners

Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore

The Incubation Network

The Incubation Network

National Environment Agency

National Environment Agency

Startup SG

Startup SG





800 Super

800 Super

Tiong Lam

Tiong Lam


Open call for applications

14th September 2020

Close call for applications

1st November 2020 (18:00 SGT)

Announcement of shortlisted teams

10th November 2020

Pitch Day

13th November 2020

It's a wrap!

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