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January 2021

EPPIC Phase I Final Pitching Competition

January – September 2021

Impact acceleration for 4 winners of EPPIC Phase I

16 March 2021

Launch of EPPIC Phase II in Indonesia and the Philippines

23 May 2021

EPPIC Phase II: Applications close

28 June 2021

Announcement of 18 finalists of EPPIC Phase II

October 2021

EPPIC Phase II Final Pitching Competition


Click here to view the EPPIC 2021 Terms and Conditions.

All individuals and organisations are welcome to enter the competition, including businesses, non-profit organisations, and academic and public institutions.



In order to apply, participants must abide by all of the following rules and minimum requirements:


At least one member of your team must be a citizen of an ASEAN country.


At least one member of your team must be able to communicate clearly and give presentations in English.


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 September 2021 however, 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.

Furthermore, if your team is selected as a semi-finalist for the initial 3-month incubation period (in June 2021):


At least one senior member of your team should be available for the incubation activities delivered by EPPIC (e.g. training, coaching, mentoring, and consulting). Most of these will be delivered online, but some may also take place in person.


At least the founder or co-founder should be available in person for (1) Field visit to Mandalika or Samal Island from June to August 2021, (2) EPPIC Final Pitching in September 2021, and (3) the Demo Day at the end of the programme.

Please note that the format and dates of the training may evolve, depending on travel restrictions related to COVID-19.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by a panel composed of experts from different disciplines (see Judges section on the website for details).

Entries will be selected based on four critical factors (viability and local potential, innovativeness, sustainability and scalability, and impact), as well as the composition of their teams.

The Solution

Viability and local potential


• Demonstrate success in reducing plastic pollution
• Tailored to solve plastic issues in focus locality



Bringing new ideas to solve the growing challenge of plastic waste

Sustainability and scalability


• Having operational and financial stability
• Being able to scale and be replicated in other contexts



Demonstrate potential social and environmental impacts SDG 1 (No Poverty),
SDG 5 (Gender Equality), and SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities)

The Team

Diversity and skills complementarity of the Team


• Diversity of team
• Other operational and technical skills from the team members that could balance each other