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Welcome to Smart Port Challenge 2020

Applications for Smart Port Challenge 2020 is now closed and we are in the process of evaluating all submissions. Look out for our announcement on the start-ups that make it through to the next phase in September!

This year’s Smart Port Challenge offers 16 innovation opportunities from the following maritime corporates: Alpha Ori, Asiatic Lloyd, Bernhard Schulte, Eastern Pacific Shipping (EPS), Jurong Port, Klaveness, Ocean Network Express (ONE), Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL), Pacific International Lines (PIL), PSA Marine, PSA unboXed, Singapore Shipping Association, Symphony Creative Solutions (SCS), Uniteam, Yusen Logistics. There is also an additional open call for decarbonisation solutions by Ecolabs.

Catch up on the launch event here.

Smart Port Challenge

2020 Timeline

04 Jun - 10 Aug 2020
Calls for submission
Calls for submission

Start-ups submit their proposal based on the innovation opportunities available

11 Aug - 31 Aug 2020
Shortlisting of finalists
Shortlisting of finalists

Shortlisting process with a panel of maritime, technology and entrepreneurial experts

18 Sep - 10 Nov 2020
PIER71 Accelerate
PIER71 Accelerate

Shortlisted finalists are enrolled into six-week market validation and customer discovery programme

11 Nov 2020
Closed door judging
Closed door judging

Closed door pitching in front of judges for final shortlisting of grand finalists

12 Nov 2020
Grand Final for top 10 teams
Grand Final for top 10 teams

Grand finalists pitch in front of judges, partners, investors and other maritime veterans to secure the top prizes of the challenge

Why Participate?

Mentoring and coaching Mentoring and coaching
Mentoring and coaching
Access to maritime corporates, investors, venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, as well as other PIER71 partners Access to maritime corporates, investors, venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, as well as other PIER71 partners
Access to maritime corporates, investors, venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, as well as other PIER71 partners
Opportunity to address real challenges and identify customers Opportunity to address real challenges and identify customers
Opportunity to address real challenges and identify customers
Access to workshops and masterclasses conducted by industry veterans and domain experts Access to workshops and masterclasses conducted by industry veterans and domain experts
Access to workshops and masterclasses conducted by industry veterans and domain experts
Product and business model validation Product and business model validation
Product and business model validation
Eligibility to apply for grants (up to S$50,000) towards prototype development Eligibility to apply for grants (up to S$50,000) towards prototype development
Eligibility to apply for grants (up to S$50,000) towards prototype development
Cash prizes for top three winners Cash prizes for top three winners
Cash prizes for top three winners
Sponsored residency at PIER71’s Landing Pad Sponsored residency at PIER71’s Landing Pad
Sponsored residency at PIER71’s Landing Pad
Branding and media exposure Branding and media exposure
Branding and media exposure