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

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Overview

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

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) using exponential technology that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?

Why host a Global Impact Challenge in Argentina?

Argentina was the cradle of many technological and innovative discoveries that impacted and changed millions of lives worldwide: the coronary bypass, fingerprints in use for investigation, blood transfusions and many others. This year we are willing to discover more and new developing talents in order to make a bigger impact.

Nowadays we need to develop a new generation of entrepreneurs with the capability to bring together solutions for the different challenges we are facing within the country.

If you have a project and you want to be part of the technological and social change in Argentina, apply to this challenge and tell us how you would improve the standard of living of +1 million Argentinians and people all over the world over the next 3-5 years using exponential technology.

The prize

The winner of this challenge will secure a full scholarship to attend Singularity University’s Global Startup Program (GSP).

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. We want to inspire you to solve the world’s biggest challenges and impact the lives of a billion people.

 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.

What does the GSP do?

  • Accelerates your growth
  • Scales your operations for global impact
  • Helps you strengthen your tech stack
  • Connects you with a global network of mentors and investors

Learn more about the GSP here

Dates and timeline

Applications open: May 1, 2019
Applications close: July 22, 2019
Evaluation phase: July 23 – July 29, 2019
Interview phase: July 31 – August 7, 2019
Live Pitch Event: August 29, 2019

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Rules & Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The challenge is open to residents and citizens of Argentina
  • You must be age 21 or older on the first day of the GSP
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
  • You must be able to participate in the entire Global Startup Program
  • Applicants selected as finalists will be interviewed by a panel of judges

We will be really thrilled to find:

  • SU mission alignment: You have a startup in one of the global grand challenge (GGC) spaces.
  • Team: Your startup has at least two full-time co-founders.
  • Experience: You have expertise in exponential technology and/or a key GGC space.
  • Time: Your venture is a fully formed entity, and is in the seed-stage or idea-stage.
  • Traction: You have demonstrated market traction (LOIs, purchase orders, validated trials, sales, etc.).
  • Eagerness to learn: You’re looking for a substantial shift in mindset and skill set, and are eager to globalize your startup and 10x your impact.
  • Availability: You’re available to travel to the GSP for the Activate (four weeks) phase, and the SU campus in Mountain View for the Accelerate (four weeks) phase.

The GSP is for startups aligned with global grand challenges (GGCs) that want to 10x their current startup and scale it globally. We’re looking for startups that have experience with exponential technology, some level of demonstrated market traction, and an eagerness to radically level-up their business. Cohorts include founders from different countries, backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and cultures, and you’ll find gender diversity in cohorts representing more than 40 countries.

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 Argentina
  • Project or Idea leverages exponential technology to solve the problem
  • Feasibility, viability, and coherence of implementing the idea
  • Impact & compelling need and potential to scale globally
  • Committed existing team
  • CV or resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
  • Video (provide url) of the project idea
  • Applications open: May 1, 2019
  • Applications close: July 22, 2019
  • Evaluation phase: July 23 – July 29, 2019
  • Interview phase: July 31 – August 7, 2019
  • Live Pitch Event: August 29, 2019

GIC Organizing Team

GIC Argentina 2019 Organizer Juan Pedro Corica

Juan Pedro Córica

Director of entrepreneurs and knowledge-based industries of Buenos Aires Education Ministry

GIC Argentina Team Clara Barthe

Clara Barthe

Manager of entrepreneurs and knowledge-based industries of Buenos Aires Education Ministry
2019 SingularityU Argentina GIC

GIC Argentina 2019 Organizer Ailen Cabaleiro

Ailen Cabaleiro

Coordinator of promotion and social innovation
2017 SingularityU Argentina GIC
2018 SingularityU Argentina GIC
2019 SingularityU Argentina GIC

GIC Argentina 2019 Organizer Gloria Leveratto

Gloria Leveratto

Responsable of promotion and social innovation
2018 SingularityU Argentina GIC
2019 SingularityU Argentina GIC

GIC Argentina 2019 Organizer Ayelen de Rosa

Ayelén de Rosa

Responsable of promotion and social innovation
2019 SingularityU Argentina GIC

GIC Argentina 2019 Organizer Federico Marque

Federico Marquez

Biotechnological Entrepreneur
2015 SingularityU Argentina Winner
GSP 2015

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, technologists and scientists with the most innovative ideas for innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend Singularity University’s 2019 Global Startup Program (GSP).

 

The GSP is for startups aligned with global grand challenges (GGCs) that want to 10x their current startup and scale it globally. We’re looking for startups that have experience with exponential technology, some level of demonstrated market traction, and an eagerness to radically level-up their business.

Ideal candidates full-time founders with a fully formed entity in the early-stage or seed-stage.

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.

Yes, there is an expectation for winners to continue working on their winning projects.

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

In all cases where a GIC winner cannot attend GSP, the winner forfeits his or her GSP seat to the first runner-up and would then need to reapply for admission in a future year.

For more information, see the Global Startup Program.

 

Still have questions?

Contact the SingularityU Argentina Global Impact Challenge team at impactec@buenosaires.gob.ar, or contact the Global Impact Challenge team at SU at gic@su.org.