The Abu Dhabi – Singapore Smart Cities Open Innovation Challenge brings together the Abu Dhabi City government and leading corporates to collaborate with innovative start-ups and SMEs in Singapore to drive future smart city development in the Middle East.

In this challenge, Enterprise Singapore, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO) and IPI have partnered three Abu Dhabi organisations – Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Masdar, and Department of Municipality and Transport (DMT) to look for innovative partners to collaborate on six challenge statements to drive future smart city developments in the Middle East. If you are a Singapore start-up or innovative SME with suitable solutions, we want to hear from you!

We invite you to showcase your innovative smart city solutions. Selected companies will have the opportunity to develop and pilot your solutions, and these may be adapted and implemented by the organisations in the Middle East.

This challenge is an initiative of the Abu Dhabi – Singapore Joint Forum (ADSJF), co-chaired by Mr S. Iswaran, Minister-in-charge of Trade Relations (Singapore) and H.E. Khaldoon Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Affairs Authority and Mubadala Company.

Before applying for the challenge, interested Singapore companies are strongly encouraged to attend a virtual briefing where the three organisations will share more details about the challenge statements. Sign up now via the Register Now button below.

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Challenge Statements

ADNOC Challenge
DMT Challenge
Masdar City Challenge

Why Participate

Singapore enterprises and solution providers will have the opportunity to collaborate with top Abu Dhabi organisations to pilot and bring your smart city solutions to life. 

Eligible companies can also apply and receive funding support from the Enterprise Singapore's Enterprise Development Grant scheme.

Qualifying Singaporean companies for the Innovation Challenge will be eligible for support from the Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), including investor care services, incentive instruments and connections to ecosystem partners.

Winning start-ups would also have fast-tracked access into Hub71's selection committee for its incentive programme.

Evaluation Criteria

The submitted proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:


Research Institutes and IHLs will have to partner up with a Singapore start-up or SME to be eligible for the challenge. 

  1. Partner up with a Singapore start-up or SME to be eligible for the challenge; or.
  2. Indicate an interest to set up presence in Singapore in the next six months and see through fulfilment.  

Overseas participants may source for their own preferred Singapore partner or alternatively, complete the enclosed form for IPI to assist with the partner recommendation.  

For further enquiries on Singapore partners you many contact IPI partnership team for further assistance, [email protected]. 

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Challenge Timeline


06 May 2021, 12:00



10 June 2021, 14:00



29 July 2021, 16:00



Mid October

of Winner

Mid November

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