2018 SingularityU Poland Global Impact Challenge

Submit an idea that will positively impact the lives of the people of Poland and beyond


What’s your moonshot innovation to a global grand challenge that leverages exponential technology and has a potential to impact a billion people in 10 years?

Submit your idea


The purpose of the SingularityU Poland Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Poland, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.

What moonshot innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity, and shelter) using exponential technology that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?

The Prize

The winner receives a seat at the SU Ventures Incubator Program. The Incubator Program is a 10-week program that fosters the development of viable start-ups (for profit or not-for profit).  The SU Ventures Incubator Program runs from September 3, 2018 to October 19, 2018 on the SU campus at NASA Research Park.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to a tech bootcamp in Warsaw from May 14-15, 2018. All costs will be covered and the camp is mandatory. 

The Incubator Program Journey

Dates and timeline

Applications open: March 15, 2018

Applications close: April 26, 2018

Finalist bootcamp: Warsaw, May 15-16, 2018

Pitch event & Winners announced: Warsaw, Google Campus, May 24-25, 2018

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Rules & Criteria

Applicant Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The challenge is open to residents and citizens of Poland
  • You must be age 21 or older
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
  • You must be able to participate for the entire Incubator program from September 3, 2018 - October 19, 2018.
  • Applicants selected as finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges on May 24, 2018.

Who Should Apply

We look for people from all professional backgrounds, but will be really thrilled to find you if:

  • You're a founder of an idea-stage startup or an individual with a moonshot idea.
  • You're an accomplished entrepreneur, technologist, scientist, or change agent with expertise in your chosen field(s).
  • You're already considering how to leverage exponential technologies to create a positive impact in the world.
  • You're committed to the long-term journey of launching an impact-focused startup

Assessment Criteria

We will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:

  • Degree of the solution's relevance to the theme of the challenge
  • The regional relevance in solving the challenge in Poland
  • Coherence of the idea and the feasibility and viability of implementing it
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative potential, with a focus on technological novelty
  • Quality of applicants' leadership experience, profile, achievements, and potential

Entry Criteria

  • CV/Resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
    • Within the abstract, describe and detail the following: Your idea and problem/opportunity you are addressing, your solution and long-term impact, applied technology for your solution, and your business model
  • Video URL of the project idea

Important Dates

  • Applications open: March 15, 2018
  • Applications close: April 26, 2018
  • Finalist bootcamp: Warsaw, May 15-16, 2018
  • Pitch event & Winners announced: Warsaw, Google campus, May 24-25, 2018
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GIC Organizing Team

Magdalena Koziol

Organizer, Digital University

Jacek Grzelewski

Organizer, Digital University

Frequently Asked Questions

Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual incentive competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These challenges act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists, and engineers with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend an SU program.

Do ideas have to be at a certain stage to be submitted?

We are looking for early-phase startup ideas or individuals with a moonshot ideas. Judging criteria is based on the grandness of the idea—such as whether it solves a problem with a potential to positively impact millions of people, technological novelty, viability of implementing it and applicants leadership potential. 

If you’re a later-stage venture, check out the SU Ventures program.

Who is the owner of the intellectual property resulting from a GIC?

Intellectual property resulting from a GIC belongs to the applicant(s).

What is the GIC review process?

The selection process has 2-3 phases, depending on the GIC. The first phase involves a review of all applications to determine 5-10 finalists, and the second phase involves final judging to select the winner at a pitch event.

Who pays for the travel expenses for the winner to come to SU?

GIC winners are responsible for their own travel expenses to/from SU.

What happens if a GIC winner cannot attend the Incubator for any reason?

In all cases where a winner cannot attend the Incubator program, the winner forfeits their seat to the GIC first runner-up and would have to then re-apply for admission in a future year.

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Still have questions?

Get in touch with the Poland GIC organizers by emailing them at [email protected], or reach out to the SU GIC team at [email protected].