Smart Port
Challenge 2020
Grand Final

17 November 2020
2:30pm (SGT)

Guest of honour:
Mr. Chee Hong Tat

Senior Minister of State for
Transport and Foreign Affairs

Pier71 Welcome Photo

Welcome to the Smart Port Challenge 2020 Grand Final

NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), through a joint initiative, PIER71 (Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined at BLOCK71), are proud to present Smart Port Challenge (SPC) 2020. This is the third year that we’ve brought together tech entrepreneurs, demand drivers, industry experts and other key stakeholders from the maritime industry, to create and drive innovation for Maritime Singapore.

This year has been like no other, with the on-going pandemic causing disruption to the global economy and changing the way we go about our lives. Nevertheless, the strong support and amount of innovative talent that have come forth to accelerate digital transformation within the maritime industry has been heartening. This year, we launched 17 innovation opportunities co-created with 16 organisations, covering the areas of smart port, smart ship and green technologies. These will result in enhanced efficiency, productivity and safety standards, and will lead to a more resilient maritime sector.

We received over 180 highly qualified applications from start-ups around the world. Sixteen finalists were selected to participate in PIER71 Accelerate, a six-week market validation and customer discovery programme, held virtually for the first time. This grand final marks the end of their PIER71 Accelerate journey and the top eight teams will be pitching “live” for the top three cash prizes totalling S$18,000. All 16 finalists that have received commitment from maritime corporates to embark on pilot projects will also be eligible to apply for a grant of up to S$50,000 from MPA.

The success of SPC would not have been possible without the support of maritime corporates who have offered innovation opportunities, engaged in conversations and shared insights throughout the programme. We also wish to thank our instructors, mentors, SPC alumni and speakers for their support and guidance to our 2020 cohort. Finally, thanks to all teams for your active participation and commitment.

We hope you enjoy the pitches today and look forward to having you join us in person at future events really soon!

Smart Port Challenge Organising Team

The Smart Port Challenge this year amidst the COVID-19 pandemic proves to be even more relevant for the industry. The closure of many businesses is a timely reminder that we need to be agile, innovative, and resilient. We can turn a crisis into opportunities.  The partnership between start-ups and shipping companies allows diverse talent and fresh ideas to reimagine how things are done in the maritime sector. I look forward to hearing the solutions to the more complex challenges that COVID-19 has posed to our maritime sector. All the best for the Grand Finals!

Ms Quah Ley Hoon

Chief Executive of MPA

The unprecedented time we are in has presented numerous opportunities for PIER71 start-ups to reimagine and transform the maritime space into a modern business. Tapping on the university’s vast research and knowledge capability, together with our global network and ecosystem, I hope start-ups provide effective and impactful solutions to real world problems that corporates and businesses can adopt to accelerate economic growth. I am glad over the last three years, PIER71 start-ups have collaborated with various partners, stakeholders and the programme has gained industry traction as an esteemed maritime accelerator programme in Asia. This year, we again await the exciting innovations that will propel the maritime sector.

Professor Freddy Boey

NUS Deputy President (Innovation and Enterprise)

  Corporate Co-creators

This year’s Smart Port Challenge offers 17 innovation opportunities co-created with these 16 corporates.

The process of identifying business challenges that can be translated into opportunities for maritime corporates to collaborate with start-ups kicked off in February with a virtual workshop. Several of these corporates were also involved in Smart Port Challenge in previous years.

MPA Singapore NUS Enterprise TNB Ventures Enterprise Singapore SSA Smart Business Trips Maritime Singapore
MPA Singapore NUS Enterprise TNB Ventures Enterprise Singapore SSA Smart Business Trips Maritime Singapore