Ericsson Innovation Challenge

About us

Ericsson ONE is a global community of thinkers and doers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs, brought together by a shared mission to create easy to use innovations that scale, last and solve real problems that people care about. Ericsson ONE is where we incubate new businesses.

We are launching the Ericsson ONE Asia Challenge, in partnership with NUS (National University of Singapore), to partner with early stage startups and small enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region.

We invite you to submit your bold ideas in the areas of smart manufacturing, autonomous vehicles and data monetization. Winning ideas will have the opportunity to co-develop solutions with Ericsson and its partners with the goal of creating new businesses addressing real market needs.

Prizes and incentives

The top 3 winners will get to walk away with US$30,000 and the opportunity to build a minimum viable product and trial with Ericsson.

Other benefits include:

Industry exposure:

participate in knowledge sharing sessions in the form of seminars and workshops that help you better understand Ericsson, key industries – as well as learn more about the opportunities this trillion-dollar industry can offer.

Internal Incubation:

Ericsson business and technology coaches will mentor and share their experiences with you.

The top 10 teams will be selected for the special APAC Sharktank. 3 of the 10 ideas/teams will receive funding for development.


Submit your proposal today


Jun 6th

Innovfest Unbound

Mid Jul

Challenge Launch

Aug 17th

1st talk session
@ Block71 Singapore

Aug 25th

2nd talk session
@ Block71 Suzhou

Sep 4th

3rd talk session
@ The Hangar, NUS Enterprise

Oct 23rd

Submission Deadline

Nov 9th

Announcement of Finalists

Nov 16th

Final Pitch Day

Dec 3rd

Announcement of Winners

Overall timeline for challenge format

Phase 1

call for innovation

  • Define challenge details
  • Publicize the Ericsson challenge through the startup networks

Phase 2


  • Knowledge-sharing session to help audience understand Ericsson and key industries/technologies
  • Design thinking workshop/seminar to support teams re-imagine Ericsson and its business

Phase 3


  • Evaluation and shortlist 10 teams for collaboration

Frequently asked questions

  • 1 How can I participate?

    You must participate in teams of minimum 3 people and maximum of 5. Each participant is only permitted to join one team.

    Each participant must individually register their participation in the Challenge and submit all the required fields before the registration closing date and time or before the registration reaches the Challenge’s full capacity, whichever comes first.

    You must appear in person and onsite at the Challenge venues on the Challenge dates. Otherwise, you will not be allowed to participate in the Challenge.

  • 2 What are the rules and regulations?

    Each team may submit one idea only. All submissions must be original work. Any form of plagiarism or copying is not allowed and automatically disqualified. All submissions must be new. Any work that has been submitted to other competitions (whether in Singapore or overseas) or has been used for commercial purposes and/or has been published in any media will not be accepted. Ericsson shall not be responsible for entries that are lost or contain corrupted data due to whatever reasons.

  • 3 What is the “Ericsson ONE Asia Challenge”?

    Ericsson ONE is launching a startup challenge to partner with early stage startups and small enterprises in the Asia-Pacific region.

  • 4 What is required of me to present at the end of the Challenge?

    You would need to present a working prototype at the pitching session on 16 Nov 2018. The prototype should have the key features that meet the selected business challenges. It should demonstrate these features, and not in alternative forms such as presentation slides or videos etc.

  • 5 I have other questions! Who can I contact?

    Please contact the organizing committee via email at

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