Discover the Finalists – EPPIC 2021

Congratulations to all participants of the Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge (EPPIC) 2021 on coming up with bright ideas to tackle plastic pollution in Mandalika and Samal Islands! We received over 140 applications this year, which made it extremely challenging for the UNDP team to select the finalists.

Based on our selection criteria, we have chosen 18 finalists for EPPIC 2021, who will join a three-month incubation program delivered by an incubator from the Philippines and Indonesia starting in July 2021. Through an extensive training on various topics such as circular economy, impact measurement and SDGs, marketing and crowdfunding, as well as networking opportunities, coaching sessions with mentors and field visits, the EPPIC Finalists will have the chance to develop and improve their proposed solutions further to maximize their impact and tailor their ideas to the local context.

On October 2021, the 18 finalists will pitch their ideas in front of the EPPIC judge panel, after which the Top 4 EPPIC winners will be selected based on the comprehensive evaluations by the competition judges. The four winners will receive up to USD 18,000 in equity-free seed funding and embark on a nine-month impact acceleration process. Moreover, the winners will be provided with opportunities to network with impact investing firms and other key development players in the ASEAN region.

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The 18 EPPIC Finalists from Phase 2 of the EPPIC in Indonesia and the Philippines are:


Mandalika, Lombok Island – Indonesia

Alterpacks (Ms. Karen Cheah)

Bintang Sejahtera (Mr. Syawaludin)

EQUO (Ms. Marina Tran-Vu)

Evo Co (Mr. David Christian)

Gringgo (Mr. Febriadi Pratama)

Ocean Purpose Project (Ms. Mathilda D’Silva)

Plepah (Ms. Almira Zulfikar)

Rekosistem (Mr. Ernest Layman)

Sampangan (Mr. Ishenny M Noor)

Siklus (Ms. Jane von Rabenau)


Samal Island, the Phillipines

DYESABEL Inc. (Mr. Amiel Lopez)

Ecoloop (Ms. Atty. Angela Edralin-Valencia)

Eco Shift (Ms. Irene M. Villaespin)

Nicolas Tanedo Wijangco (Mr. Nicolas Tanedo Wijangco)

Philippine Transmarine Carriers Group (Ms. Vivienne M. Bautista)

Plastic Battle (Mr. Bryan Madera)

Pure Ocean (Ms. Pia Ocampo)

TrashCash (Mr. Benjoe Vidal)

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