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25 June – 20 August 2020

Submit your application by 11:59PM ICT on 20 August 2020

20 August 2020

Evaluation of the applications by UNDP

1 September 2020

Announcement of the 15 EPPIC Finalists


September – November 2020

3-month incubation programme

November 2020

EPPIC Final Pitching Competition

November 2020 – August 2021

Impact acceleration for the top 4 winners


(The full contest information pack is available for download here.)

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 Pitch Competition in November 2020, 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 August 2020):


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 visits to Ha Long Bay or Koh Samui in September 2020, (2) the EPPIC Pitch Competition and Boot Camp in November 2020, 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 six critical factors (iability, innovativeness, local potential, scalability, sustainability, and impact), as well as the composition of their teams.

The Solution



Criteria to demonstrate the viability of your solution in terms of its effectiveness in reducing plastic pollution. Proven success in reducing plastic pollution is desirable.



Criterion to demonstrate the innovativeness of your idea in terms of using new products, services, technologies, or other approaches to combat plastic pollution. Solutions that have been successful elsewhere, but that have not yet been applied to the EPPIC challenge sites, are welcome to apply.

Local Potential


Criteria to estimate the extent to which your solutions will effectively target the specific challenges of combatting plastic waste and pollution in one of the two project sites. The solutions should fit the local needs and address the local context.



Criteria to assess the ability of the solutions to be scaled up and be replicated in other contexts. The solutions to grow and be applied in other communities in Viet Nam, Thailand, and even across ASEAN countries will be assessed.



Criteria to assess the operational and financial sustainability of the solutions. The solution should have business plan to ensure its sustainability, including the possibility of securing investment for your solution.



Criterion to demonstrate potential social and environmental impacts of the solution, including its potential impact on local livelihoods, gender equality, and wider local community development.

The Team

Diversity & Inclusion


Criterion to assess diversity and gender inclusivity.

Complementary Skills


Criteria to assess how team members' technical and operational abilities balance each other.

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