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This article was published on 4 February 2021

Calling NZ CleanTech companies: The Liveability Challenge 2021 is now open, and Callaghan Innovation wants you to get involved by submitting your world-class solutions to accelerate breakthroughs in decarbonisation and resource reimagination.

15 January - 22 April 2021

What is The Liveability Challenge?

The Liveability Challenge is a global platform that seeks out, and accelerates the launch of innovative solutions to 21st century challenges faced by cities in the tropics. Callaghan Innovation is a partner in the challenge, which offers Asia's biggest prize for sustainability solutions. As the only platform seeking ideas for cities in the world's tropical belt, The Liveability Challenge is a highlight on Singapore's calendar of sustainability events.

From 15 January to 22 April 2021, The Liveability Challenge is accepting proposals for game-changing ideas that will help cities accelerate decarbonisation and address their resource challenges. And we’d love Kiwi CleanTech innovators to be among the finalists pitching their solutions to some of Asia’s most sought-after investors at The Liveability Challenge Grand Finale (June or July). This event offers the chance to secure up to S$1 million in grant funding, and other exclusive opportunities.

Why enter?

James Muir, Callaghan Innovation Business Innovation Advisor – Energy and Environment, says The Liveability Challenge 2021 presents NZ CleanTech companies with a chance to secure significant investment to advance their innovations – and more.

“As a global platform, the challenge affords NZ CleanTech firms an opportunity to further validate their value proposition in new and substantial markets and niches, as well as gain exposure to experienced investors in the burgeoning global CleanTech space.”

Many innovative NZ businesses are already making an impact in the CleanTech sector, which offers expanding commercial and innovation opportunities. 

Callaghan Innovation C-Prize Challenge 2019/20 winner Zincovery, for example, has developed technology to tackle the hundreds of thousands of tonnes of zinc and acid released into landfill and wastewater every year through the steel-galvanising process. Geo40, with its process around silica extraction to help convert heat in geothermal fluid into energy, is now expanding internationally. The Liveability Challenge provides a platform for such innovation to further grow – and create positive environmental impact.



Projects will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Technology readiness Level 6: The project must have formulated its technology concept and application, and undergone analytical and characteristic proof of concept. 
  • Innovation: The project must propose a solution that is based on a new technology.
  • Impact: The solution must address the problem statement, benefit urban centres in the tropics and be acceptable to stakeholders.
  • Scalability: The solution should be able to be replicated in tropical cities in similar settings.

For full criteria, and details on how to register and submit a proposal visit

The Liveability Challenge 2021 is presented by @TemasekFoundation and organised by @Eco -Business.

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