Hosted at the 32nd World LPG Forum & 2019 European Congress in Amsterdam in September 2019, the World LPG Challenge '19 is a call to companies and startups. This challenge engages the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry in order to solve a proposed challenge.
The three finalists for the first WLPGA Start-up competition, World LPG Challenge ’19, pitched off against each other in an exciting session during the 32nd World LPG Forum & 2019 European Congress in Amsterdam on 26th September.
They had made their way to the final by impressing the judges amongst the 17 submissions received. The World LPG Challenge ‘19 was a call to companies and Start-ups to engage the LPG industry and create ideas for new safety solutions and new safety training opportunities supported by a refreshed safety culture.
The finalists were Propane Safety App (USA), Augmentaio GmbH (Germany) and DeepSight AI Labs (India).
In a tight contest, where the result was determined by the audience in the room who used their WLPGA App to vote, Augmentaio emerged the winner and received the €5,000 prize.
Topic: Safety & Training
LPG is a by-product of crude oil and natural gas production and used by billions of people around the world as a clean, portable and versatile energy source, especially for cooking. The LPG industry is over 100 years old and is seeking new ideas from start-ups and entrepreneurs to refresh a very important aspect of the business.
Like all fuels, unless they are stored and handled properly, can present risks. The LPG industry has a long history of encouraging the safe use of LPG, and the resulting track record is very good. This track record has been achieved through a strong focus on safety throughout the LPG industry. It has been directed at all stakeholders, especially staff, contractors, and consumers. This focus has been supported by the use of technologies, training, and education backed up by a strong safety culture.
As technologies continue to advance and new training and education solutions emerge, there will be opportunities for the LPG industry to launch new safety solutions and training opportunities that are supported by a refreshed safety culture. Enter the World LPG Challenge and present your ideas on how the LPG industry can achieve this!
Ideas of where new solutions may enhance safety could include any of the following. If you have any ideas to add, we’d like to hear them!
- New technologies to improve & expand training for consumers & professionals in the LPG industry or allied industries;
- Enhanced leak detection & provision of a faster or automated response;
- Improvements to processes to conduct inspection and repairs;
- Enhanced product odorant retention/detection;
- IoT to integrate LPG accessories with appliances and home safety solutions/detectors (eg. Smart home devices);
- Solutions that provide resiliency via LPG in the case of natural disasters;
- Technologies for gas appliances that improve safety;
- A radical approach to refresh the culture of safety in organisations to make safety more interesting and appealing.
- Must have less than 3 years (Early Stage startup)
- Limit of funding received (up to 4M)
- As a minimum must have MVP built (and showing signs of traction)
- It should not have any relation (eg. Shareholder) with any WLPGA member
- Participants must be available for World LPG Forum
- 1 Year WLPGA Membership
- Proof of Concept with a potential customer