08 June 2023

EPPIC Call for Innovations in ASEAN

31 August 2023

EPPIC 2023: Applications Close

8 September 2023

Announcement of 15 Finalists of EPPIC 2023

15 September - 15 November 2023

2-month EPPIC Incubation Programme

7 December 2023

EPPIC 2023 Pitching Competition

04 December 2023 - 04 August 2024

Impact Acceleration Programme: 4 winning solutions receive seed funding and 9-month incubation programme


Click here to view the EPPIC 2023 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:


ASEAN applicants or team members from ASEAN member states are a strong asset


Team leaders with the ability to communicate and present the solution in English are preferred.


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 on 24 November 2023 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.


Teams / individuals that includes at least 01 (one) woman member are strongly encouraged to apply.

Furthermore, if your team is selected as a semi-finalist for the initial 2-month incubation period (on 8 August 2023):


At least one main 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 Kaysone Phomvihane City or Sihanoukville from September to November 2023, (2) EPPIC Final Pitching on 24 November 2023, and (3) the Demo Day at the end of the programme.

Please note that the timeframe can be changed due to the unpredicted reasons.

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

Innovativeness and Scalability


Bringing new ideas to solve the growing challenge of plastic waste



• 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