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Welcome to Smart Port Challenge 2020

Smart Port Challenge 2020 has now concluded. Congrats to our top 3 winners – BeeX (Singapore), FUELSAVE (Germany) and Vulcan AI (Singapore). Special Mention this year goes to MRC Hosting (groundup.ai) (Singapore). A recording of the Grand Final will be available shortly.

SPC2020 Winners

From over 180 applications to 16 finalists, our top 8 start-ups pitched in front of judges and invited guests at the Grand Final on 17 Nov 2020. Graced by Singapore’s Senior Minister of State for Transport and Foreign Affairs, Mr Chee Hong Tat, the hybrid event was streamed “live” to audiences around the world. It wasn’t an easy decision for our judges as all 8 start-ups gave such compelling pitches.

Thanks to our organising and supporting partners, maritime corporate partners, judges, PIER71 Accelerate instructors, mentors, all SPC2020 finalists, PIER71 alumni for making Smart Port Challenge 2020 a great success! We look forward to further collaboration as we continue to boost innovation in the maritime industry. See you for Smart Port Challenge 2021!

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

13 Nov 2020
Closed-door Judging
Closed-door Judging

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

17 Nov 2020
Grand Final
Grand Final

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