In many Asian countries, cities contribute to as much as 80% of GDP growth. There are already about 10,000-12,000 urban agglomerations in Asia and they provide social and economic opportunities to residents and are at the cutting edge of progress and growth.
They consume 75% of the world's resources, generate over 50% of global waste and account for 60-80% of global GHG emissions.
South, South-East and North-East Asia together generate over 50% of global food waste; 90% of the plastic dumped into oceans annually originates from 5 Asian countries; ASEAN region is expected to generate 2.5 million tons of solid waste a day by 2025; e-waste volumes in ASEAN have increased by 63% in just 5 years; Almost all cities in Asia top the charts in worst air quality
Asian cities are especially suited for circular economy innovation; Asian cities are densely populated; Have a strong culture of sharing and repair; Have very heterogenous socio-economic groups; Have very strong informal networks in the waste management domain
With our deep understanding of the urban circular economy, our unique innovation framework and our entrepreneurial spirit, RENERGii is well poised to transition Asian urban spaces into liveable Circular Cities!
A Circular City is Performance-driven. New business models sell 'services' rather than products. Customers pay for 'access' and not 'ownership'. Digital technologies allow optimal utilization of urban assets and enable efficiency.
The Nutrient-aware City tracks flows of technical and biological nutrients through Urban systems. Material Passports record stocks of technical nutrients to enable future recovery and upcycling. Technology platforms provide assurance and trust about nutrient quality
A perfectly Circular City produces no waste! The Nature-inspired City uses Biomimicry to engineer truly sustainable products that draw inspiration from natural ecosystems and completely design out waste and toxicity from Urban systems.
Our vision is in alignment with SDGs 9,11, 12, 13 and 14.
We build and work with startups that share our vision of a Circular City and aim to combine purpose with profit. Broadly, we try to equip our startups with a 3-Dimensional (3D) advantage: (a) Our Innovation Framework (b) Our Innovation + Investment Experience (c) Synergies with our existing portfolio and networks
Our innovation process combines our Circular City framework with business acumen and lean and frugal innovation methods. This is codified in our Playbook and is broadly covers the following elements:
All our startups operate in growth markets that already offer at least SGD One Billion dollar in revenue opportunity in South and South-East Asian regions.
All our startups bend existing linearities that cause pollution and waste. They adapt our Circular City Framework to design new products, services and business models that create tremendous value for paying customers while simultaneously making systems more circular.
Our Startups are built using Lean Innovation methods. They use iterative processes to identify customer segments, improve product quality and establish product-market fit through smart innovation accounting metrics.