Building Resilience against COVID-19

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Building Resilience against Covid-19

This challenge seeks out ideas and solutions to support SMEs to recover from the pandemic and to transition into the new normal.
Adapting to new normal (WFH, business continuity, hygiene & safety)
Leveraging e-commerce opportunities
Readiness & access to finance
Cost & operation efficiency, productivity
Access to market (digital presence)

About

The Ministry of Commerce Myanmar (MoCOM), under the Government’s COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan (CERP), under Goal 5.1, Action 5.1.2 (d) initiate a Challenge Grant competition (titled “MoCOM E-Commerce Innovation Challenge”) amongst Myanmar’s ICT/E-Commerce community for sourcing innovative ideas for combating COVID-19 and support the further development of the E-Commerce industry in Myanmar. It is expected to support economic recovery, make grant-based challenges accessible to the wider community, and spur innovation in the academic sector, and in states and regions. To take the Challenge forward, UNDP, in partnership with and under the overall leadership of MoCOM, is organizing the Challenge.
Myanmar is experiencing a change in consumer spending habits and witnessing a surge towards digitization of businesses as both consumers and businesses opting to spend and sell online. Although E-Commerce in Myanmar is still in its nascent stage, with just US$6 million (K9.16 billion) in market value in 2018, with the high mobile phone and internet usage in the country, it is predicted to be the fastest growing sector within Myanmar and the ASEAN’s internet economy.

Theme areas

Adapting to the new normal (WFH, business continuity, hygiene & safety)
Leveraging E-Commerce opportunities
Cost & operation efficiency
Access to market (digital presence)
Readiness & access to finance
Productivity

History

COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected Myanmar economy and MSMEs, with GDP dropping to 0.5% from 6.8%.
This challenge seeks out ideas and solutions to support MSMEs to be resilient against the pandemic and to transition into the new normal.
Challenge’s

Detail Information

Group of individuals
Teams from existing companies (MSMEs, Corporations, Organizations)
each participating team must have % of locals
Established companies (5 years+ and/or 100 headcounts) are highly encourage to participate in SHOWCASE track

Relevancy

We will be assessing how your solution is relevant to the theme that you have chosen.

Effectiveness

We will be assessing the problem statement that you are tackling and how you are effectively resolving the issues. How well does the team understand the problem and whether the proposed solution is effective in solving the problem.

Scalability & potentials

We will be assessing the solution’s ability to scale up and your strategy to increase the usage by the targeted audience as well as the potential expansion of the solution beyond the challenge itself.

MSDP and SDG Impacts

We will be assessing the sustainability of the solution and how the solution will be utilised when deployed, aligned with Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP) as the bridge to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness does not mean trying to include every individual in a homogenous group possible. We will be assessing how your solution will be beneficial across different groups including but not limited to marginalised communities, disabled communities, underserved communities, rural population and underserved business entities.
Relevant DoT rules
Relevant UNDP rules
Relevant UNDP rulesSubmitter must have certain % of locals
Submitter must own IP of the submission
Submission must be solely created or adapted for the theme of the challenge
Submitter can only submit one entry per challenge
Submitter can submit to all the four themes given that there’s a substantial difference between each submission
Submitter may submit an entry to the most relevant challenge (instead of submitting the same entry to multiple challenges)
Submissions from established companies (5 years+ and/or 100 headcounts) are welcomed for SHOWCASE track
Myanmar Digital Economy Development Action Plan Matrix
Recommendations from E-Commerce virtual conference
UNCTAD’s Myanmar eTrade readiness assessment
E-Commerce strategy for Myanmar (June 2020)
E-Commerce strategy for Myanmar (diagnostic report)
User stories / problems and suggestions to be solicited from deep-dive sessions
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Timeline

Building Resilience against Covid-19
$ 20,000
Total prize pool
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Grand Prize Winner
Winner (3x)
Deputy Minister’s Choice
Honourable Mentions (2x)
Showcase
Closed

Reach Out to Participate!

11 Nov 
Registration Open
Registration Opened for Challenges 1 and 2 (11th Nov – 3rd Dec)
12 Nov 
Participants Engagement
Participants Engagement for Challenges 1 and 2 (12th Nov – 3rd Dec)
 4 Dec 
Submission Deadline
Submit your solutions not later than 4 December.
 4 Dec 
Appraisal
Appraisal and Eligibility Committee Selection (4th Dec -11th Dec)
11 Dec 
Pitch Day
Open Pitch Day on 11 Dec
CLIENTS

Our Valuable Clients

Ministry of Commerce: Office No. 3, Nay Pyi Taw.
Led by Ministry of Commerce
Supported by UNDP Myanmar

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