Dimension X
Innovation Challenge

Hatch, the Innovation Hub built by Singapore’s HTX, SOSA and Knovel Engineering invites you to come forward and explore the dual-use potential of your tech!

Discover how your solutions can break through and address the challenges of the homeland security (HLS) domain in Singapore, while you get the opportunity to validate your tech and secure non-equity funding to explore its potential.

The demo day will be held in Singapore
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Application opens on

February 26th

Application closes

About the program

Dimension X is an Open Innovation Challenge by Hatch aiming to attract and validate emerging dual-use technologies from global startups that could produce game-changing impact on public safety and security.

In collaboration with HTX (Home Team Science & Technology Agency), SOSA, and Knovel Engineering, Hatch was established to advance innovation in public safety and security.

Startups participating in the challenge will be funded to collaborate with Home Team end users and HTX’s technical experts to develop a success proof-of-concept.

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The program is seeking solutions in one or more of the following areas:


Officer Well-being and Monitoring

  • Predict, detect and/or monitor burnout

Emergency Response

  • Through-wall sensing of people​
  • Identification of geographical location where a given image was captured

Threat Detection

  • Rapid detection of concealed threats (e.g. IED) behind plastics, metals and/or electronics ​
  • Interactive IOT honeypot for attack discovery and investigation

Substance and Drug Use

  • Rapid, non-intrusive detection of drug consumption
  • Prediction of the relapse of substance usage through emotional, physiological, mental  and/or other signals

AI and Machine Learning

  • Improve efficiency & performance of AI and ML models used on edge devices
  • Real-time optimisation for video signal processing, such as increasing clarity of images/videos
  • Creation of hyper realistic and dynamic interactions with avatars in VR


  • Seeking highly innovative and impactful technologies relevant to public safety and security

Why join?

Put your technology to the test

Selected startups will have the opportunity to trial and implement their solutions in real-world scenarios with HTX (Home Team Science and Technology Agency) for Singapore’s public safety and security.

Get a SGD$100,000
non-equity funding

The programme will provide participating startups with a non-equity funding of S$100,000 to lay the groundwork for transition into the public safety & security sector.

Have your potential client as part of your development process

An expert from HTX will join your team and will work with you to develop a successful Proof-of-Concept.

Access to global networks through high-profile events

In addition to the accelerator program, startups will have the opportunity to exhibit and/or pitch at global events held in Singapore. Such events include SWITCH, TechXSummit (TXS) and Milipol.

Get the business tools you need

Participating startups will receive legal, business, accounting and marketing mentoring. SOSA’s innovation experts will map out participants’ needs and devise a financial plan built to achieve milestones.

Develop commercially and technologically

Participants will be exposed to potential investors and relevant industries in order to assist their commercial and technological development.
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First cohort of the SOSA-HTX Accelerator
“I highly recommend the SOSA accelerator program. Through the program, we were able to refine our product at a critical stage and introduce our product to the defense ecosystem. The program’s grant and introduction to key investment took us to the next level.”


Hatch was established by Singapore’s Home Team Science and Technology (HTX) and SOSA as an innovation hub for public safety and security, in collaboration.  It was launched on 30 May 2023 by Minister K. Shanmugam, Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Law, Singapore.

Hatch scouts across industry verticals to identify the right technologies and companies to be tested in the Home Team’s mission space.

Our platforms and programs unite global tech startups, Home Team end-users, with HTX engineering and scientific talents from day one.

About HTX

HTX is the world’s first Science and Technology agency that integrates a diverse range of scientific and engineering capabilities to innovate and deliver transformative and operationally- ready solutions for homeland security.

As a statutory board of Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs and integral to the Home Team, HTX works at the forefront of science and technology to empower Singapore’s frontline safety and security. Our shared mission is to amplify, augment and accelerate the Home Team’s advantage and secure Singapore as the safest place on planet earth.

*The Home Team refers to collectively the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) which consists of MHA Headquarters, 7 Home Team departments, and 3 statutory boards.

About SOSA

SOSA bridges the gap between visionary corporations and governments with the explosive potential of transformative tech companies.

We've crafted over 40 diverse programs, from two-day bootcamps to immersive six-month accelerators, propelling hundreds of startups onto the global stage.

Our secret weapon? Deep engagement with over 100 leading corporations and investors. This unique access allows us to tailor programs, offering startups targeted guidance and practical tools aligned with real-world needs.

But it doesn't stop there.
We facilitate meaningful introductions, connecting startups directly with the decision-makers who can propel their success. Imagine your platform or solution gaining immediate traction with industry giants – that's the SOSA difference.

Beyond connections, we foster collaboration. Our platforms and programs unite global tech startups, industry experts, and leading researchers, creating an environment where innovation thrives.

Ready to discover out-of-the-box applications for your technology?

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