The purpose of the SingularityU APAC Global Impact Challenge is to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the APAC region, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
This GIC is open to the citizens and residents of the following Asia Pacific countries: Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam.
Using artificial intelligence, what innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity, and shelter) that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?
Why Host a Global Impact Challenge in the Asia Pacific?
Taiwan has historically been a hotspot for hardware development and production in the world. Now, with a robust research and development culture and with a rapid increase in high-tech industrial clusters, Taiwan and the greater APAC region is becoming an ideal place to grow technology startups. For the second year in a row, we are launching the SingularityU APAC Global Impact Challenge to mobilize APAC-based startups that leverage artificial intelligence to positively impact humanity.
Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), a flagship startups program based in Taiwan for technology entrepreneurship and innovation, is partnering together for this Global Impact Challenge to identify innovators within the APAC region with projects that can solve global grand challenges with the potential to positively impact the lives of millions of people in the world, specifically via the creation of products, services, and solutions utilizing AI technology.
The winner of the SingularityU APAC Global Impact Challenge will win a seat to attend SU’s Global Startup Program free of charge.
The GSP helps future-focused entrepreneurs transform radical ideas into tangible impact on a global scale. It’s a structured, immersive program offering startup-focused educational resources and world-class mentorship from SU’s faculty, staff, and industry experts—in a safe, nurturing environment. The program aims to scale startups into global businesses.
The GSP brings together entrepreneurs from around the world for structured, immersive workshops and intensive fieldwork in multiple locations around the globe, as well as continued access to support and resources via a best-in-class connectivity platform.
The GSP will start by helping to cultivate a new mindset and toolset to overcome the challenges of technological disruption. Next, the program will work with you to accelerate your time to product-market fit, transform your startup from an idea to a venture that can help a billion people (“billion-scale”), and connect you with a global community to catalyze results. In short, GSP is designed to help you create a 10x startup at a global level.
Find more information on the Global Startup Program here.
TTA Special Award
Sponsored by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), four runner-up teams will be awarded the TTA Special Award.
Recipients will gain qualification as a TTA member and can access to TTA’s facilities for 3 months. (Must be granted within 1 year after the January 1, 2020)
Dates and timeline
Applications open: July 24, 2019
Applications close: September 30, 2019
Announcement of Finalists: October 15, 2019
Bootcamp: November 14, 2019
Pitch event & Winner announced: November 15, 2019