Hanoi (VNA), Jan. 27 -- The final pitching competition and awards ceremony for the Ending Plastic Pollution Innovation Challenge took place in Hanoi on January 26.

Funded by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation , the ASEAN-wide competition aims to tackle plastic pollution in coastal areas of Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines by seeking, upgrading and spreading innovation solutions.

Among 14 finalists, four teams won the awards, namely Galaxy Biotech, Green Joy and Refill from Vietnam and CIRAC from Thailand. Each winner received a seed funding of 18,000 USD and will start a 9-month impact acceleration programme.

The organising board received 159 entries from six ASEAN member states. The best 14 teams joined a...