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SME Bank Sandbox Competition 2023

SME Bank Sandbox Competition 2023 is an opportunity to discover innovative business ideas that can have a real and meaningful environment, social and economic impact.

It is a chance for entrepreneurs and innovators to showcase their creativity and come up with unique solutions to the challenges of today's world. Participants will be asked to present their ideas, which will then be evaluated by a panel of experts.

The best ideas will receive recognition and could potentially be implemented in the real world, making a positive difference in people's lives.

Key Themes and Topics

The competition calls for the submission of any business model and/or idea related to one or more of the seven (7) SDG 12 - Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) themes listed below, that addresses problems within the Malaysian context in areas such as, but not limited, to Agriculture, Sustainable Food Production, Food Recycling and Food Waste, Healthcare and Safety, Renewable (Alternative) Energy, Sustainable Energy Consumption, Sustainable Tourism, Digitalisation and IT & Societal and Financial Inclusion.

The 7 SDG-12 themes are:

12.2 Sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
12.3 Improve per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses.
12.4 Achieve environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimise their adverse impacts on human health and the environment.
12.5 Reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse.
12.7 Promote public procurement practices that are sustainable, in accordance with national policies and priorities.
12.B Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products.
12.C Rationalise inefficient fossil-fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption by removing market distortions, in accordance with national circumstances, including by restructuring taxation and phasing out those harmful subsidies, where they exist, to reflect their environmental impacts, taking fully into account the specific needs and conditions of developing countries and minimising the possible adverse impacts on their development in a manner that protects the poor and the affected communities.

Terms and Conditions

These E-Learning materials will help guide you to understand the basic concepts of SCP (SDG 12 – Sustainable Consumption and Production):

Application Form and Submission of Proposal

  • Submitted Documents will undergo preliminary screening based on 'SME Bank Sandbox Competition 2023’ application form requirements.
  • Application must be written in ENGLISH.
  • Each team should consist of minimum of 3 team members and a maximum of 5.
  • Please complete the form to participate. Incomplete or late submissions will not be accepted.
  • The Pre E-learning course materials will help you learn the basics and guide you to write a better business proposal.
  • All submissions must be accompanied by a video of maximum 2 minutes in length explaining your business idea.
  • Submission Deadline: 25 June, 2023 (11:59 PM)
  • Only 20 teams from each category will be selected to go to the Final Pitching session.
  • Announcement of the finalists will be made on our social media platforms and the organiser will be in touch with the selected teams.

3 Days Online Bootcamp Training

  • The 40 finalists will undergo an Online Bootcamp training on "Understanding SCP & Business Model".
  • The chosen teams will receive a comprehensive training and coaching by the Center of Entrepreneur Development and Research, CEDAR, a subsidiary of SME Bank on developing your business idea further.
  • You will be requested to review your business model and link it to the SCP. The training will help you further develop/enhance your own Sustainable Business Model. The training modules include lectures and workshops, mentoring, team activity, and demo day.

SME Bank Sandbox 2023 Final Pitching

  • SME Bank Sandbox Final Pitching
  • 15 minutes business pitching (10 minutes presentation and 5 minutes Q&A) to a panel of qualified judges.
  • All teams have to submit a 3–5 minute video explaining your business idea.
  1. SME Bank and/or affiliates will not be responsible or liable for any loss in connection with the competition, including, but not limited to the following:
    • Any problem, loss or damage of whatsoever nature suffered by any party due to any delay and/or failure in receiving and sending the submission as a result of any network, communication or system error, interruption and/or failure experience by the participating internet line and/or resulting from participation or the downloading of any materials in the competition.
    • Any problems, expenses, damages, losses, suits and claims of whatsoever nature against any participants that may arise from or in connection with their participation in the competition and/or display of participants’ entries.
    • Any error (including error in notification of competition winners), omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, internet line failure, theft, destruction of, or unauthorized access to entries, unresponsive devices whether or not arising during operation or transmission as a result of server functions, virus, bugs or other causes outside it’s control.
  2. By entering the competition, participants shall agree to appear in any marketing and promo materials on the but not limited to internet, videos, and photographs write-ups which may be used in advertising (any form of media) or other materials by SME Bank, their sponsors and/or affiliates. Participants shall not be entitled to any payment for such use, or for any re-use; and acknowledge that all copyright, including the right to reproduce likeness or image shall belong to SME Bank and/or affiliates absolutely; and to release and discharge SME Bank, their sponsors and/or affiliates from any claims in relation to the use or re-use of all copyright including any likeness or image.
  3. SME Bank reserves right to disqualify any individual that it determines to be tampering with the application process of the operation of the competition, to be acting in breach or potential breach of this competition’s Terms and Conditions.
  4. SME Bank reserves the right to cancel, modify, suspend or delay the competition in the event of unforeseen circumstances beyond its reasonable control.
  5. By participating in this competition, all participants hereby warrant that all statements personal details given are true, correct, and accurate and that they have read and understood all the Terms and Conditions of the competition and agree to unconditionally bind by it.
  6. By participating in this competition, all participants agree to defend, indemnify and hold SME Bank, their sponsors and/or affiliates harmless from and against any suits, claims, losses, damages and expenses, including reasonable legal fees that may arise from or in connection with the competition.
  7. SME Bank reserves the right to change, amend, delete or add any of these Terms and Conditions without prior notice and the participants will be bound to such changes.
  8. Any Terms and Conditions applicable to this competition which is illegal, prohibited or unenforceable under any law or regulation shall be ineffective to the extent of such illegality, voidness, prohibition or unenforceability without invaliding the remaining provisions.
  9. These Terms and Conditions are governed by and construed under the laws of Malaysia.
  10. For any inquiries, kindly contact [email protected].

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Winning Prizes Open College / University
1st RM50,000 RM30,000
2nd RM30,000 RM20,000
3rd RM20,000 RM10,000


Yes, but the team leader should notify the updated information to SME Sandbox Competition 2023 Secretariat ([email protected]).

Who owns the right to the business idea/proposal?

Copyright belongs to each team. But the SME Sandbox Competition 2023 Secretariat may seek prior consent to the use of photos and videos of the event for promotional purposes.

For any inquiries, kindly contact [email protected].