Which countries are eligible to apply?

To apply to EPPIC, at least one member of your team must be a citizen of an ASEAN country: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Viet Nam, the Philippines, Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, or Laos.

If I am applying as a company, do I need to be registered and where?

You do not need to be a legal entity at the time of application. If you are selected as a winner in the EPPIC Final Pitching Competition in November 2020, however, you or your organisation must register as a legal entity in one of the ASEAN member states in order to receive the incubation training and seed funding.

I don’t speak English. Can I still apply?

As long as at least one member of your team is able to communicate clearly and present the solution in English, yes, you are eligible to apply.

After starting my application, can I come back to it later?

No, you must complete all of the questions at once and submit the application in full. We recommend carefully preparing your responses in advance, so that you are able to simply copy and paste them into the application form.

Can I apply to both the Ha Long and Koh Samui challenges?

No, you must select only one of the two target locations for your application. You are allowed to apply to the challenge again in 2021, however (target locations in Indonesia and The Phillipines).

If I am selected as one of the top 15 finalists, how many members of my team will receive the incubation training and be invited to the EPPIC Final Pitching Competition?

The 15 finalists will be announced on September 21. You will have 7 days to contact the organizers and provide EPPIC with the requested information. If such period expires without the said contact taking place, EPPIC will contact the following finalist for that challenge.

When will I know if I have been selected as one of the top 15 finalists?

The 15 finalists will be announced on September 21. You will have 7 days to contact the organizers and provide EPPIC with the requested information. If such period expires without the said contact taking place, EPPIC will contact the following finalist for that challenge.

When will the incubation programme start?

The incubation programme will be from October to December 2020.

Will the incubation and impact acceleration take place online or also in-person? Are travel expenses covered by EPPIC?

The incubation training will include online courses, webinars, coaching, and mentoring. Field visits to the EPPIC challenge sites are also planned. Please note that the format and dates of the training may evolve, depending on travel restrictions related to COVID-19. Travel expenses will be covered by EPPIC for one member of your team.

I am already incubated through another competition in one of the ASEAN member countries. Can I still apply?

Congratulations! And yes, you are welcome to apply to EPPIC.

More questions? Contact us at marine.plastics@undp.org!