DBS Foundation x LKY GBPC Social Impact Prize

Introducing the top 10 teams that have reached the finals of the DBS Foundation Social Impact Prize at the Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition. They bring to fore innovative, sustainable and scalable business solutions that help address crucial social problems and make cities of the future more inclusive, healthier and greener.

 

Top 10 Teams


Autoyos — India

Democratising Eye Care

Eye care delivery is majorly affected by the availability of skilled manpower to perform screening, diagnosis and treatment. The autonomous and intelligent platform iRobo from Autoyos brings comprehensive eye care closer to the needy without requiring an operator and by leveraging available infrastructure. For both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients, iRobo will offer early detection of ocular diseases at a cost which is a fraction of the existing, ultimately reducing the disease burden by a significant amount.

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Bluepha — China

Power of Microbes to combat Plastic Pollution

Bluepha is an organism company based in Beijing that has developed a bio-based and biodegradable plastic PHA to replace conventional plastics. Their innovative and patented biotech ensures low-cost industrial-scale production of PHA which degrades in natural environments including seawater. PHA developed by them can be widely applied in various industries such as packaging, textile, toys etc to replace conventional plastics.

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EyeLight — Israel

A revolutionary 3D wearable for the blind

EyeLight is an inclusive smart device that empowers mobility and independence for people who are visually impaired and blind. This wearable system enables the substitution of the sense of sight through hearing and touch. The 3D camera captures the users’ environments and delivers both vocal instructions through a Bluetooth earpiece and 3D tactile model through our revolutionary dynamic surface. EyeLight helps users to touch, feel and understand the whole situation around them, in real time.

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Fluid Robotics — India

Saving a million litres of water everyday

Fluid Robotics is a start-up providing products and services that enable better management of water and wastewater infrastructure. Using Robotics and Information Technology the company is helping cities take control of water pollution caused due to untreated wastewater entering lakes, rivers and ground water. By using robots to monitor and assess the health of pipeline networks, they are reducing manual scavenging and impacting thousands of lives in India.

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Jeeon — Bangladesh

Connecting the dots for better rural healthcare

Jeeon is addressing the needs of micro-health entrepreneurs and their patients sustainably using digital technology. Through Jeeon’s digital platform and marketplace, pharmacies can access quality training content, referrals to higher level care, and eCommerce for OTC and authentic medications, thereby building their capacity while seamlessly integrating them with the formal sector. In 4 years, Jeeon has the largest digital network of drug sellers in Bangladesh, improving care access for patients across the country.

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MyrLabs — Singapore

Next Gen Indoor positioning

MyrLabs’ indoor positioning solution for robots provides positioning data in GPS-less environments and addresses the technological gap of operating in environments with lots of glass and dense crowds of humans or other robots. MyrLabs innovative seamless navigation system can be used indoors or outdoors and will be of great value to the Blind and Visually Impaired (BVI) persons. They are currently working with the Singapore Association for the Visually Handicapped to create wearables for BVIs.

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Plastech Innovation — UK

Changing plastic to enhance material performance

Plastech Innovation is developing a patentable technology to transform global plastic waste into a partial sand substitute for use in concrete and construction materials. Sand is often dredged causing severe negative environmental impacts and the construction industry needs to find alternatives. This tech solution from Plastech will help high volumes of waste plastic to be diverted from harmful disposal routes, thereby contributing to a circular economy.

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Polybee — Singapore

Enhancing food security with automation

By automating pollination Polybee is on a mission to increase productivity in agriculture. There is no scalable solution for pollination since bees cannot operate indoors. Hence through autonomous mini - drones using in aerial robotics and computer vision, they offer precise pollination. Effective in indoor vertical farms where there is no alternative to manual pollination. Polybee has partnered with Singapore Food Agency on initiating commercial pilot soon.

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Sampangan — Indonesia

Waste to Food - A Circular Economy Model

Sampangan is a waste to carbon technology service company that aims to help local governments, agriculture areas, industrial areas and waste transporters to safely process all kinds of their solid waste in a sustainable manner. Their carbonized technology which they call Magic box, can process organic or non-organic waste to convert it into active carbon or biochar. Heat radiation is used instead of full incineration making this process environmentally safe. The biochar material can help fix farm soil, support farmers to harvest more yields that is both organic and sustainable.

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StratifiCare — Singapore

World's first severe Dengue prediction test

StratifiCare™ has discovered a panel of biomarkers which is able to determine the progress of Dengue Fever. Patients who are predicted not to progress to severe Dengue can be managed at outpatient settings instead. Their innovation will help reduce the over hospitalization issue faced by hospitals and relieve healthcare burden especially in poorer Dengue-endemic developing countries.

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