Applications Invited for Net Zero Challenge 2023

Applications Invited for Net Zero Challenge 2023

Organization: Touchstone Partners and Temasek Foundation

Event Duration: 04 Sep. 2023 - 15 Oct. 2023

Apply By: 15 Oct 2023

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About the Organization

Through the years, we’ve supported a diverse range of programmes that uplift lives and communities in Singapore and beyond. These are made possible through philanthropic endowments gifted by Temasek. Together with our partners, staff, and volunteers, we continue to uncover unseen gaps, bridge the divide between challenge and transformation, and innovate solutions that provide positive outcomes for our communities today, and for generations to come.

Touchstone Partners is an early-stage venture capital fund committed to investing in technology startups with the potential to create a major impact on people and the environment in Vietnam.

Not only do we provide capital, but we also partner with dedicated founders to help them develop their strategies, boost their business development, and secure additional funding. Our goal is to foster a vibrant startup ecosystem in Vietnam by building the next generation of business leaders with a strong commitment to integrity and social responsibility.

About the Challenge

Net Zero Challenge 2023, brought to you by Touchstone Partners and Temasek Foundation, aims to identify and support early-stage innovations and teams that have the potential to revolutionize the way we address environmental challenges at scale.

Teams will compete in three tracks for a total prize pool of VND 15 billion to pilot their solutions in Vietnam, receive global exposure, gain access to investors, and many other perks and benefits.

Only teams that have developed a pilot to create a minimally viable product with the intention of commercialization are eligible to join.

The first net zero challenge in Vietnam features 3 tracks:

Track 1 - Renewables & Carbon Removal

We are seeking innovative solutions that drive the adoption of renewable energy sources and contribute to the removal of carbon emissions. Of key interest are breakthrough technologies and scalable projects that enhance carbon sequestration, improve effectiveness and efficiency of energy use, such as in transportation and alternative materials in construction, and solutions for carbon markets.

Track 2 - Food Systems & Sustainable Agriculture

We are focused on addressing the challenges that climate change poses to our food systems and agriculture. We are looking for innovative tech-enabled solutions that enhance food production, improve traditional practices in agriculture, and enhance sustainability in the face of a changing climate.

Track 3 - Circular Economy & Waste Management

We are committed to promoting a circular economy and efficient waste management solutions. We are seeking innovative and scalable solutions that can contribute to reducing waste, improving recycling, and transforming waste into valuable resources.


Total prize pool - 15 BILLION VND (US$ 630,000)

  • Global Exposure
  • Connections to investors
  • Exclusive perks from our partners


  • Technology-based, including but not limited to: software, AI, hardware, deeptech, food-tech, agri-tech, new materials, new energy technology, new processes, innovations in bio or chemical engineering and tech-enabled business models.
  • Commercially viable and scalable, with a prototype showing proof of value, demonstrating potential for widespread adoption.
  • Suitable for Vietnam context and the country’s specific challenges and opportunities for implementation.
  • Having clear plans for pilot projects and implementation routes in Vietnam.

How to Apply

Application deadline: 15 October 2023, 11:59 PM (GMT+7)

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