TERMS & CONDITIONS
Built Environment Accelerate to Market Programme (the “Programme”) is organized by Building Construction Authority (“BCA”), Enterprise Singapore (“ESG”), JTC Corporation (“JTC”) and Padang & Co Pte Ltd, UEN No.: 201406957G (“Padang”) henceforth collectively known as “the Organisers”.
These Terms and Conditions govern the Programme. Participation in the Programme constitutes acceptance of these Terms and Conditions as may be amended by the Organisers when required at the Organisers’ sole discretion.
Article 1 – DEFINITIONS
“Programme”: Built Environment Accelerate to Market Programme from launch as of 8 December to 30 June 2022.
“Proposal”: jointly refers to the proposal submitted through the website, using the proposal template provided.
“Participant”: refers to any company registered in accordance with the T&Cs who takes part in the Programme.
“Challenge Owners”: refers to participating challenge statement owners.
Article 2 - CONDITIONS FOR ENTERING THE PROGRAMME
2.1. Participation in this Programme is free. Each Participant shall be responsible for all its costs of entering and participating in the Programme, including without limitation all costs of development, prototyping, manufacture, testing, marketing, video production, licensing, searches, registration and protection of intellectual property rights, legal costs, travel cost, costs of obtaining third party consents and licenses. Each Team Member recognises that there is no guarantee that their Team, or any other Team, will be awarded and that participation is entirely at each Team’s own risk.
2.2. By participating in the Programme, the Participant will have read these T&Cs, and fully accepted their terms in their entirety without reservation.
2.3. Any Participant who does not abide by the terms of the T&Cs at any time during the Programme may be disqualified from the Programme.
2.4. Participants may collaborate with public researcher(s) from Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and Research Institutes (RIs) on solution development projects via a co-development model. The enterprise has to co-develop the solution, lead the proposal submission and eventually commercialise the proposed solution.
Article 3 - APPLICATION AND ACCESS TO THE PROGRAMME
3.1. The Programme will be held during the period from 8 December 2020 to 30 June 2022, both dates inclusive (“Programme Period”). The Organiser reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, modify or suspend the Programme or any part thereof at any time or re-schedule the dates of the Programme or extend the Programme Period.
3.2. To apply for the Programme, the Participant must fill in a proposal template (“Proposal”) on the Website on or before the 2359 hours (GMT +8) on 8 March 2021. (“Deadline”)
3.3. Early submissions on or before the 2359 hours (GMT +8) on 8 February 2021 (“Early Submission”) will enjoy priority in scheduling consultations with challenge statement owners, and receive consultation from the Organisers to further refine and resubmit their proposal before the final deadline.
3.4. Any Application Form containing incomplete information will not be accepted as an application entry.
3.5. The Participant agrees to be contacted through email sent by the Organisers during their participation in the Programme. The Participant also agrees to be contacted by phone.
Article 4 - PHASES OF THE CHALLENGE
Phase 1: Early Submission for shortlisting
4.1.1 To participate in the Challenge, each Participant must complete the proposal template detailing their solution to a particular Challenge Statement (“Proposal”), and submit the Proposal to the website.
4.1.2 In case of difficulties or an inability to read the Proposal, the relevant Participant will be notified and have the responsibility to re-submit it within 48 hours of the notification being sent out by the Organisers.
4.1.3. Each Participant undertakes that the content of the Proposal, and any other additional document submitted for the purpose of the Programme, is produced by itself. If it is found that the content has been plagiarised and/or falsified, the Participant will be disqualified.
4.1.4. The use of photos or images must be free of copyright. In any case, the Organisers will not be held responsible for the use of documents on which third parties have rights.
4.1.5. Each Participant’s Proposal must be submitted online by the Deadline, and must include all necessary documents and details as stipulated by the Organisers, at the following URL:
4.1.6. Each Participant hereby authorises the Organisers to reproduce their trademark and their registered business names free of charge on all communication and publicity materials for the Programme and future Programmes of the same title, including but not limited to the Organiser’s intranet and external websites, email signatures/newsletters, press releases, posters/banners at trade fairs, and on various social media platforms.
Phase 2: Consultation with challenge owners
4.2.1. The Organisers will shortlist participating Participants per Challenge (the “Shortlisted Participants”) to have a consultation each with the respective challenge statement owner.
4.2.2. At the Challenge Owners’ discretion and agreement, shortlisted participants can schedule further conversations with the challenge owners on their own.
4.2.3. In order for their submissions to be further evaluated for funding, shortlisted Participants would also be requested to provide necessary documentation such as (but not limited to):
Latest audited group financial statements not more than 18 months old (Companies exempted from audit requirement may submit their certified management accounts instead)
4.2.4. Shortlisted Participants that remain uncontactable and/or fail to accept the Organisers’ invitation by the date and time to be stipulated will be deemed to have forfeited their continued participation in the Programme. In such an event, the Organisers shall have the absolute discretion to select other participating Participants in their place. The Organisers’ decision with regard to the shortlisting of Participants (and any dispute relating thereto or arising thereof) is final.
Phase 3: Awarding the Innovator
4.3.1. In order for the participant to be successfully awarded, participants have to receive a Letter of Intent (“LOI”) from the Challenge Owners and an in-principle approval from Building Construction Authority and Enterprise Singapore.
4.3.2. A panel of judges (to be appointed by the Organisers at their sole discretion) (the “Judges”) will evaluate the proposal and LOI. Refer to Article 5 for more details on Judging.
4.3.3. Awarded innovators will be asked to submit a full proposal for funding. Refer to Article 6 on Funding.
Phase 4: Accelerate Solutions Development and/or Market Development Phase
4.4.1. Accelerate Solutions Development Phase (ASD): Awarded innovators with solutions that require further development and refinement will undergo an ASD Phase for 3-6 months. Thereafter, the innovators will proceed to the Market Development (MD) Phase for market validation.
4.4.2. Market Development Phase (MD): Awarded innovators with demonstrable and technically feasible solutions ready for testbedding and/or pilot deployment will proceed to the MD phase. This phase will take place between 12-18 months.
Phase 5: Demo Day
4.5.1. In the midst of ASD or MD phases, awarded innovators will be invited to present their demos at Demo Day during the International Built Environment Week in September 2021, where suitable. The date of the Demo Day will be subject to changes.
Article 5 - JUDGING
5.1. The Judges' decisions in all matters relating to the Challenge, including eligibility of the Participant and the selection of the successful innovators, will be final and the Judges shall not be obliged to entertain any correspondence or queries in relation to the same. The Judges shall not be obliged to award the innovator if, in their view, none of the Proposals is of sufficient merit. The Participants are advised to understand the judging criteria well to improve their chances of success.
5.2. The Organisers, the Judges, and the Challenge Owners are not obliged to adopt any of the solutions that are developed under this Challenge. The Organisers will however, as much as possible facilitate the co-development and piloting of solutions between the Participant and the Challenge owners.
5.3. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify entries which, in their sole discretion, are deemed irrelevant, offensive, and/or do not comply with these T&Cs. The Organisers reserves the right to disqualify or replace any awarded innovator if they or he or she is found to be in breach of these Rules or otherwise disqualified. Such disqualified innovators will be required to refund the full amount of any funding awarded.
5.4. From the moment of registration for the Competition, all Participants acknowledge and agree to be present for all meetings requested by the Challenge owner and events as scheduled by the Organiser ("Events"). At least 1 Participant member is to be present at any Event to represent the Participant. However, all Participant members are encouraged to attend and participate. In the event that the Participant(s) cannot be present, a valid reason must be given as early as possible. Failure to comply may result in the Participant and/or the Participant being disqualified from the Challenge.
5.5. Participant(s) that are disqualified from the Challenge will be removed from the Challenge immediately and will have to refund the full amount of any funding awarded at any point during the course of the Competition (including any extended period), to the Organisers. Enterprise Singapore reserves the right to refuse to make payment or to vary the proportion and maximum contribution payable or to recover from the Company part or the full amount of all payments made in the Letter of Offer, if the Company breaches any of the undertakings or conditions of this Annex or the Letter of Offer or in any other document issued by Enterprise Singapore to the Company relating to this Project or any other project/scheme supported by Enterprise Singapore or other undertakings extended by it to Enterprise Singapore for any other project/scheme.
Article 6 - FUNDING SUPPORT
6.1. Singaporean-owned SMEs are defined to have a minimum of 30% local shareholding, with less than 200 employees or a group annual turnover of less than SGD100 million.
6.2. Awarded innovators stand to benefit from up to S$2 million in co-funding grant support at various stages from prototype, deployment to adoption. Up to S$1 million is allocated to selected innovator(s) in solution development projects. The remainder of up to S$1 million is allocated to support industry adoption of co-developed solutions.
6.3. Separate funding may be provided by National Research Foundation (NRF) Singapore to public researchers to collaborate with Singapore-based enterprises for POC/prototyping and pilot deployment. This funding will be for IHLs/RIs' incurred cost and will not overlap with costs funded to enterprises. IHLs/RIs would require Innovation and Enterprise Office (IEO) endorsement. For details, the public researcher(s) should refer to their respective IEO.
6.4. Enterprise Singapore will support local SMEs with the Enterprise Development Grant (“EDG”) (for eligible enterprises) with up to 70% of qualifying costs, capped at S$30,000 for the Accelerate Solution Development (ASD) phase and S$250,000 for the Market Development (MD) phase. Funding terms will follow the terms and conditions depicted in the EDG Letter of Offer.
6.5. Awarded innovators are required to submit a proposal for the grant through the Business Grant Portal with an accompanying Letter of Intent (LOI) from the respective Challenge Owner. More information on documents required for submission can be found in the application form in BGP. The proposal and agreement will then be reviewed by Enterprise Singapore to determine the final amount of funding.
6.6. Payments by Enterprise Singapore to the Participant are solely on a reimbursement basis, in Singapore currency, and are conditional upon submission of duly completed forms to Enterprise Singapore and by the claim deadline(s) as stated in the Letter of Offer failing which Enterprise Singapore reserves the right to refuse payment.
Article 7 - INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
7.1 By registering for the Programme and submitting the Proposal, each Participant affirms that the Proposal are his/her/the Participant's original work and that the Participant(s) have the necessary rights to submit the Proposal. The Participant(s) further warrant that the submission does not violate any law or regulation or any rights of any third party. The Organisers reserve the right to disqualify any Participant in a scenario where the Organisers believe in its sole and absolute discretion that the submitted Proposal and/or Demo Pitch or any part thereof infringes upon or violates the rights of any third party. Participants shall indemnify and hold harmless the Organisers and their respective officers against any claims or costs relating to a breach of this term.
7.2 The Participant warrants that any and all of the copyright, patents, trademarks, design rights, know-how, and other intellectual property and proprietary rights subsisting in or used in connection with the Proposal (“Intellectual Property Rights”) is and remain the sole property of the Participant.
7.3 Participants shall fully retain their respective background IP rights, unless otherwise agreed between the Challenge owner and the Participant. Alternate or future arrangements of ownership of foreground IP created post-Programme Period shall be negotiated separately between the Participants and respective Challenge owners and independent of the Organiser, after submission of the Proposal.
7.4 The agreements and arrangements referred to in the preceding clause para 7.3 are solely between the Participant and the Challenge owners. The Participant shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Organisers against any and all claims, suits, losses, damages, costs, fees, and expenses arising out of or in connection with the Intellectual Property Rights.
7.5 Nothing in these T&Cs constitute a license of the Intellectual Property Rights by the Participant to any of the Organisers.
Article 8 - TERMS OF CHALLENGE OWNERS
8.1 If applicable, participants shall agree to fully observe the separate terms of the Challenge owners and these terms will be made available to the Participants.
Article 9 – COMMUNICATION
9.1. The Participant shall authorize the Organisers to reproduce their trademark and their registered business names free of charge on communication materials about the Programme, including, but not limited, to websites, email signatures, newsletters, press releases, posters or banners at trade fairs, and on various social media platforms.
9.2 The Participant shall agree and consent to public disclosure and use of their company members’ name, image, audio, and video recording for publicity purposes without payment or compensation.
Article 10 – LIABILITY
10.1. The Organisers shall not be liable to the Participant for any loss, damage, cost or expense incurred or suffered by the Participant howsoever arising in connection with the Participant’s participation in the Programme, whether virtually via the website, or physically in person, and including but not limited to the disclosure and publication of the Proposal in connection with the Programme.
Article 11 – PERSONAL DATA
11.1. Where the Participant has disclosed to the Organisers personal data of her/himself (where the Participant is a natural person) or of his representatives (where the Participant is a corporate entity), the Participant hereby gives his own consent, and confirms that he has obtained from such persons their consent to the collection, use and disclosure by the Organisers of such personal data, for example, as mentioned in Article 3.
Article 12 – MODIFICATION OF TERMS AND CONDITIONS
12.1 The Organisers reserve the right to modify the T&Cs at any time, without prior notification to the Participant. The Participant is invited to read the T&Cs, which are published on the Website, on a regular basis.
Article 13 – CANCELLATION AND SUSPENSION OF THE PROGRAMME
13.1 The Organisers reserve the right to cancel, shorten, and suspend the Programme without prior notice.
Article 14 – APPLICABLE LAW
14.1 These T&Cs are governed by and construed in accordance with Singapore law. The Organisers and the Participant submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Singapore courts.