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Welcome to Smart Port Challenge 2021

Smart Port Challenge 2021 has now concluded. Congrats to WeavAir (Winner), EcoWorth Tech (Runner-up), Spinoff Robotics (2nd Runner-up) and eyeGauge (Special Mention)!

SPC2021 Grand Final

From over 150 qualified submissions, 18 start-ups were selected to embark on PIER71TM Accelerate and the top 8 made it through to pitch in front of judges and invited guests at the Grand Final on 23 November. The success of SPC would not have been possible without the support of MPA, NUS, stakeholders across the ecosystem, as well as various 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 2021 cohort. Finally, thanks to all teams for your active participation and commitment.

Smart Port Challenge

2021 Timeline

18 Jun - 10 Aug 2021
Calls for submission
Calls for submission

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

11 Aug - 10 Sep 2021
Shortlisting of finalists
Shortlisting of finalists

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

28 Sep - 12 Nov 2021
PIER71™ Accelerate
PIER71™ Accelerate

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

18 Nov 2021
Closed-door Judging
Closed-door Judging

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

23 Nov 2021
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