2018 SingularityU Portugal Global Impact Challenge

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

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What moonshot idea would you develop that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years by applying exponential technology to address a global grand challenge?

Submit your idea by February 6, 2018

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Overview

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

These innovations should be focused on three particular global grand challenges that currently have great impact on our planet. Those are:

  • Governance – We want ideas on innovative societal and organizational governance models and how technologies can promote a better governance on Portuguese companies, cities, and in the country as a whole. 
  • Learning – We want ideas on how the Portuguese education system should evolve in order to be more adapted to the reality of this century (today’s educational systems were built for Industrial Age), to the environment outside schools, and to empower students since an early age. 
  • Environment – We want ideas on how Portugal can prevent fires, fight them more efficiently, and prevent and/or manage the drought, as it currently has a great national impact.

While we prefer ideas related to governance, learning, and environment, ideas that tackle other global grand challenges-- such as energy, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, health, prosperity, and security-- are also welcomed.

Why Host a Global Impact Challenge in Portugal?

Portugal is a country of dreamers and conquerors, proud of being the birthplace of the first world explorers. This spirit of unsettling desire for growth and development lives until today through the search for innovation and it has led Portugal to be recognized as a major entrepreneurial ecosystem. 

On the other hand, Portugal is currently facing significant challenges that deserve our attention and, above all, our ideas. We believe that we have the talent, drive, dedication and opportunity to create the change we need. Therefore, let’s rise to the occasion and showcase our innovative ideas to humanity's biggest challenges and create solutions for millions of people in Portugal and beyond.

Apply to this challenge by submitting your idea to improve the standard of living in Portugal over the next 3-5 years using exponential technology.


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 April 2, 2018 to May 18, 2018.

The Incubator Program Journey



Dates and timeline

Applications open: December 14, 2017

Applications close: February 6, 2018

Pitch event & Winners announced: February 26, 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 Portugal.
  • 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 April 2, 2018 to May 18, 2018.
  • Applicants selected as finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges on Monday, February 26, 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 Portugal.
  • 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: December 14, 2017.
  • Applications close: February 6, 2017.
  • Pitch event & Winners announced: February 26, 2018.

GIC Organizers

GIC Organizing Team

Ricardo Marvão

Lead Organizer

Mariana Silva

Organizer

Francisca Pereira

Organizer

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 idea. 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?

The travel expenses of the winner to/from SU are going to be funded by the GIC partners.​

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 Portugal GIC organizers by emailing them at [email protected], or contact the Global Impact Challenges team at SU at [email protected].