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The World LPG Challenge is a start-up competition launched by the World LPG Association (WLPGA) in 2019. The start-up Challenge is a competition designed to seek fresh solutions to challenges facing the LPG industry.

Traditionally the LPG industry has relied on expertise from within the industry to tackle their challenges. Many of the future challenges that the industry will face will demand new thinking from people with fresh, smart minds who are perhaps outside of the LPG industry.

The success of the first competition in 2019 resulted in a decision by the WLPGA to run the Challenge in future as an annual event.

The World LPG Challenge’22 will continue to aim to encourage the start-up community to bring innovative solutions to help solve one of the biggest challenges facing the LPG industry.

Hosted at the 34th World LPG Forum during LPG Week in New Delhi, India later this year and sponsored by Anova, Ferrellgas, PERC and Suburban Propane, the World LPG Challenge‘22 is a call to companies and start-ups to engage the Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) industry, to solve a problem.

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Why Attend?

Taking up the Challenge is an opportunity for start-up companies to engage with the LPG industry and present new solutions. All the finalists will be offered a complimentary pass to LPG Week 2022/New Delhi. In addition, the finalists will be provided with a complimentary pop-up booth within the exhibition area. The winners of the World LPG Challenge’22 will receive a financial prize from a total prize pool in excess of $10,000, and the overall winner will receive a complimentary pass to LPG Week 2023.

Who Should Attend?

Members of the global start-up community, and other stakeholders who are outside of the LPG industry, with innovative solutions to the challenge topic.

Topic: New Opportunities to Apply Digital Solutions to the LPG Industry

The LPG industry is over 100 years old and arguably lagging other industries by years in the application of digitalisation. The topic for the WLPGA Challenge’22 start-up competition is to identify opportunities where digitalisation can be applied throughout the whole distribution channel of the LPG industry, from production centres through to the consumer, to make it smarter.

LPG is an exceptional energy providing a clean modern fuel for billions of people in both the developed and developing world. The main application for LPG is in the residential sector where it is used as a cooking fuel, displacing traditional dirty fuels such as wood and charcoal. But LPG has excellent engine fuel properties too and is a major contributor to reducing exhaust emissions from internal combustion engines, cleaning the skies over polluted urban towns and cities. The low carbon footprint of LPG creates exciting opportunities to contribute to the decarbonisation goals of industry and commerce with hundreds of other applications.

We want to hear your innovative ideas to bring the LPG industry into the 21st Century; making it more attractive for young people to see the industry as a career path; positioning the industry as being responsible to the environment and society; and taking advantage of both the current and future technology that is available.

The topic for Challenge‘22 focuses on seeking new opportunities to apply digital solutions to the LPG industry to make it smarter and more modern by, for example:

  • Applying new techniques to keep the industry safe and sustainable
  • Attracting young talent and encouraging the diverse recruitment of young people into the industry, especially women, through Human Resource (HR) technology
  • Driving down the carbon intensity of the operations of the industry, both internally and where LPG is used
  • Introducing new software tools to improve asset tracking, measurement and security
  • Making the industry more robust to the challenges of environmental, social and governance scrutiny
  • Improving the industry’s corporate social responsibility
  • Creating a more attractive proposition for today’s consumer

Opportunities for Digitalisation in the LPG Industry is the World LPG Challenge topic for 2022. Provide examples to apply the latest digitalisation technology to make the LPG industry smarter.

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How to Apply?

The World LPG Challenge’22 is launched under the theme: New Opportunities to Apply Digital Solutions to the LPG Industry.

Submissions will be screened during the third quarter of 2022 when the finalists will be selected. Each finalist will be asked to prepare a short presentation in preparation of the pitch off during LPG Week 2022/New Delhi, they will receive assistance with this.

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Important Dates

  • Applications Open: 29th April - 10th October 2022
  • Finalists Screening and Selection: 30th September - 14th October 2022
  • Final pitch during LPG Week 2022/New Delhi: 17th November 2022

Judging Panel & Prizes

The judging panel for screening the finalists consists of senior executives from the WLPGA team and the WLPGA membership - and representatives from outside the industry - who all have a deep understanding of the challenge facing the industry. The live audience watching the final (5 minute) pitch offs between the finalists will select the winner using an audience interactive polling tool. The pitch off for previous World LPG Challenges have attracted audiences in excess of 300.

The final candidates will be invited to India to compete in the final pitch off on Thursday 17th November 2022, which will take place during LPG Week 2022/New Delhi in the main plenary where a live audience, of hundreds of delegates, will select the winner. Finalists may also participate virtually.

Each of the finalists will receive a complimentary pass to LPG Week 2022 and be provided with a popup booth in the main exhibition, of over 100 booths, to promote their solution to a focused audience seeking new opportunities where digitalisation can be applied throughout the whole distribution channel of the LPG industry, from production centres through to the consumer, to make it smarter.

The finalists who pitch off at LPG Week 2022/New Delhi will share a prize pool of over $10,000. The overall winner will also receive a complimentary pass to LPG Week 2023.

Want to Support & Sponsor the World LPG Challenge'22?

Contact David Tyler: dtyler@wlpga.org or André Pimentel: andre.pimentel@anova.com