Food and Beverage Entrepreneurship Competition


The fourth edition of the Food and Beverage Entrepreneurship Competition, organised by Diploma in Restaurant and Culinary Operations from Republic Polytechnic's (RP) School of Hospitality, will be launched during the RP Open House on 5 January 2023 with the theme “Zero Food Waste.”

BackgroundFood waste is one of the biggest waste streams in Singapore and the amount of food waste generated has grown by around 20% over the last 10 years. In 2019, Singapore generated around 744 million kg of food waste. That is equivalent to 2 bowls of rice per person per day or around 51,000 double decker buses.

Singapore is a small country with limited space and at the current rate of waste generation, Semakau landfill - Singapore's one and only landfill is expected to be filled by 2035.

Food waste also increases our carbon footprint, which contributes to global warming and climate change. Thus, there is a need to manage food waste. Preventing and reducing food wastage at source is one of the important components of our national waste management strategies to work towards Singapore becoming a Zero Waste Nation. 

Introduction –The competition will give participants who have an interest in Food and Beverage the opportunity to demonstrate their innovative, problem-solving, creative and presentation skills in front of a panel of hospitality industry leaders.

Participants will gain an appreciation of a wide range of healthy vegan dessert options as well as types of innovation taking place within the food and beverage industry. In addition, participants will also be exposed to the latest food trends such as, sustainability and alternative ingredients adopted in the industry.

Requirements –You and your partner have just started a home-based business with a focus on zero food waste. To expand your business, you are planning to partner with a trendy café for them to sell ONE (1) innovative and unique zero food waste menu item. Prepare a sales pitch presentation highlighting the appeal of such a menu item to convince the café owners to partner with you.

Who Can Participate?

The Competition is designed for the Upper Secondary Category (Sec 3 and above).


Republic Polytechnic Campus


The Competition will kick off during the Republic Polytechnic Open House 2023 on the following dates:

Competition Phase Dates
Launch of Competition 5 January 2023
Closing of competition 31 March 2023
Submission of Projects 2 June 2023
Panel Interview 15 September 2023
Announcement of Results 6 October 2023

Competition Format:


1. Maximum of 2 members in a team and each school can send a maximum of 3 teams. 

2. Each team is limited to only one entry.

3. Each team has to come up with ONE (1) innovative and unique zero food waste menu item, including but not limited to the information below:

  • Proposed name
  • Recipe
  • Choice of ingredients
  • Suggested pricing
  • Suggested marketing poster to entice café diners to order the food item

4. Deliverable will be PowerPoint presentation slides incorporating prescribed parameters as follows:

  • Theme of the competition, which is “Zero Food Waste” Menu item

  • Item information in point 3 above
  • No more than 10 slides

  • Usage of appropriate visuals (no video)

  • Font size of text to be at least Arial 12

  • Named as: <name of school/institution>_<name of team>_<name of food> 

5. Teams will send their presentation and a PDF back-up version of it to the email address attached. Please see below.

6. The top 10 scoring teams will move on to the finals.


Champion : $300 vouchers or equivalent
1st Runner-up : $200 vouchers or equivalent
2nd Runner-up: $100 vouchers or equivalent


The top 10 teams will have to present their submitted presentation as a sales pitch to the panel. The panel, made up of experienced industry professionals who will play the roles of trendy café owners, will then decide on the winning menu item. A briefing session on the judging criteria will be conducted at later date.

Rules and Regulations:

  1. Teams should abide by the rules and regulations of the competition
  2. Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to disqualify an entry if it is incomplete or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that the participant has breached any of these rules.
  3. Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to alter, amend or close the competition as necessary.
  4. The decisions of the competition judges are final and there is no process of appeal.
  5. In the case of any disputes regarding these rules or the rules or instructions of the competition, the decision of Republic Polytechnic will be final and binding and no correspondence will be entertained.
  6. By taking part in the competition, the participants warrants that all information submitted is true, current and complete at the time of submission. It is the participant’s sole responsibility to ensure that the details and e-mail address are accurate and that Republic Polytechnic is informed of any changes to these.
  7. Republic Polytechnic reserves the right to all photos, videos and any other content generated as a result of the competition.
  8. All teams will receive confirmation of their entry, directions to the site, and additional instructions for the competition via email.
  9. All schools/institutions/individuals participating in the competition are responsible for completing the necessary indemnity and parental consent forms (for participants below the age of 18 as at the competition date) for each participating team.
  10. Registration for the competition closes on 31 March 2023.


For more information, please email