Submit an idea that will positively impact the lives of the people of the Asia Pacific region and beyond
What’s your moonshot innovation to a global grand challenge that leverages artificial intelligence and has a potential to impact a billion people in 10 years?
The purpose of the SingularityU APAC Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the Asia Pacific, 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 Artificial Intelligence that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?
Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), a flagship startups program based in Taiwan for technology entrepreneurship and innovation, is seeking to identify Asia Pacific innovators with projects or startups that can solve the main social problems and have the vision of positively impacting the lives of millions of people in the world through the creation of products, services and solutions with the use of AI technology.
The Asia Pacific countries that are eligible for this GIC are Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.
The winner will receive a seat at 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 – November 9, 2018.
The additional winner(s) will also be awarded the following Special Awards:
TIEC Special Award
Sponsored by The Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MOST), the TIEC Special Award will provide winning team business development support in Silicon Valley.
TTA Special Award
Sponsored by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), the TTA Special Award will provide access to TTA resources.
Applications open: May 14, 2018
Applications close: July 23, 2018
Announcement of Finalists: July 30, 2018
Workshop: August 9, 2018
Pitch event & Winners announced: August 10, 2018
As the Taiwan government’s dedicated scientific and technological development agency, MOST is responsible for promoting the nation’s overall S&T development, supporting academic research, developing the science parks and bringing academic research another step closer to industrial needs. MOST’s goal is to boost Taiwan’s academic and industrial competitiveness at the international level.
Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) is a Flagship startups program based in Taipei, Taiwan, aiming to foster tech entrepreneurship and innovation. We work with 100+ Taiwanese/international startups annually through the outbound and inbound programs with expanding partners in the ecosystem, including VCs, accelerators, corporations, research institutions across APAC region and beyond to make the innovation happen.
We look for people from all professional backgrounds, but will be really thrilled to find you if:
Department of Academic-Industrial Collaboration and Science Park Affairs,
Ministry of Science and Technology
GSP 2016, SU
Co-founder & CEO, Clinicai, SU Portfolio Company
Innovator Under 35, MIT Technology Review
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.
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.
Intellectual property resulting from a GIC belongs to the applicant(s).
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.
The GIC sponsor MOST will cover flight tickets for finalists to attend the workshop and pitch event in Taiwan on August 9-10, 2018.
The winner will cover their own air travel expenses to and from SU.
In all cases where a GIC winner cannot attend the SU Ventures Incubator program, the winner forfeits his or her seat to the first runner-up and would then need to reapply for admission in a future year.