How would you leverage exponential technologies to address Australia’s grand challenges in energy, environment, food, shelter, space, water, disaster resilience, governance, health, learning, prosperity and security?

How would this improve the lives of millions of people in Australia and around the globe in 5 – 10 years?

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2019 Winners


Jessica Meeuwig


Dr. James Hehre

Project: Marine Futures Lab (MFL)
Marine Futures Lab is working globally to document the status of over-fished open-ocean wildlife, pioneering video-based field methods, and developing open-source automated software for video processing. Cost-effective equipment and open-source processing mean scientists and managers around the world, including developing countries where financial resources are most limited and overfishing is greatest, can generate the knowledge needed to halt and reverse ocean wildlife declines.

Overview

The purpose of the SingularityU Australia Global Impact Challenge is to foster entrepreneurs, startups and anyone with moonshot ideas to have positive impact. We intend to improve the lives of Australians and scale the moonshot to impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.

What moonshot can you imagine that would solve a global grand challenge using exponential technology?

Why host a Global Impact Challenge in Australia?

Australia is the only continent country on this planet and Australians have always been innovative and creative individuals. We strive and thrive through adversity and necessity. This is the first Australian SingularityU Global Impact Challenge and we are excited to showcase just how amazing we are on a global landscape.

A series of Impact 1B Events will be held in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and The Hunter. The judges top selections will head to the Impact 1B Grand Final on March 6, 2019.

The finale winner will be selected by a diverse panel of judges consisting of representatives from communities across Australia, senior business leaders, and global entrepreneurs.

Selected applicants will be invited to pitch at selected venues around the country in February 2019.

Finalists will be selected and offered the opportunity to attend a GIC Bootcamp in Canberra on March 1-3, 2019. The Bootcamp will help prepare each finalist for the final pitch to the international judging panel.

The Finalists Pitch Event will be on the 6th of March in a venue To Be Announced, where the winner will be announced on the day.

The prize

The winner of this challenge will secure a full scholarship to attend Singularity University’s Global Startup Program (GSP) starting in April 2019.

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.

GSP Timeline

Session: Activate
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark
Dates: April 8, 2019 – May 5, 2019

Session: Accelerate
Location: Singularity University HQ
Dates: June 3, 2019 – June 30, 2019

Learn more about the GSP here

Dates and timeline

Applications open: January 7, 2019
Applications close: February 11, 2019
Impact 1B Grand Final & Winner Announced: March 6, 2019

Webinar to get Impact 1B and Moonshot Ready: January 31, 2019
The SingularityU Australia Global Impact Challenge team will host a webinar to answer your questions about moonshot ideas and what you need to do to enter the SingularityU Australia Global Impact Challenge

Impact 1B Pitch Rounds:
Pause Fest/La Trobe Impact IB Events: Wednesday, February 6-8, 2019
Work Club Barangaroo Impact 1B Event: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Sydney School Entrepreneurship 1B Event: Wednesday,  February 13, 2019
Newcastle Impact 1B Event: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Perth Impact 1B Event Curtin University: Monday, February 18, 2019
Impact 1B Bootcamp for finalists: Saturday – Sunday, March 2-3, 2019
Grand Final Impact 1B – La Trobe & Winners Announced: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

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Sponsored & Hosted by:

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Rules & Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The challenge is open to residents and citizens of Australia
  • 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 starting in April 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark and later in Mountain View, California, USA
  • Applicants selected as finalists must be available to be interviewed by a panel of judges on February 27, 2019

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 an 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 Copenhagen, Denmark for the Activate (four weeks) phase, and the SU campus in Mountain View, California, USA 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 Australia
  • 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

All applicants will gain feedback on their application.

All finalists will have the opportunity to seek mentorship and advice following the completion of the competition process. They will also have the opportunity to partake in a supported Incubation Program through Ignite UtopiaX.

  • CV or resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
  • Video (provide url) of the project idea

Applications open: January 7, 2019
Applications close: February 11, 2019
Impact 1B Grand Final & Winner Announced: March 6, 2019

Webinar to get Impact 1B and Moonshot Ready: January 31, 2019
The SingularityU Australia Global Impact Challenge team will host a webinar to answer your questions about moonshot ideas and what you need to do to enter the SingularityU Australia Global Impact Challenge

Impact 1B Pitch Rounds:
Pause Fest/La Trobe Impact IB Events: Wednesday, February 6-8, 2019
Work Club Barangaroo Impact 1B Event: Tuesday, February 12, 2019
Sydney School Entrepreneurship 1B Event: Wednesday,  February 13, 2019
Newcastle Impact 1B Event: Thursday, February 14, 2019
Perth Impact 1B Event Curtin University: Monday, February 18, 2019
Impact 1B Bootcamp for finalists: Saturday – Sunday, March 2-3, 2019
Grand Final Impact 1B – La Trobe & Winners Announced: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

GIC Organizing Team

GIC Australia Organizer Lisa Andrews

Lisa Andrews

Founder and CEO, Ignite Alliance
SingularityU Newcastle Chapter Ambassador
SingularityU GIC Organizer

GIC Australia Organizer Christina Gerakiteys

Christina Gerakiteys

Founder, UtopiaX
SingularityU Newcastle Chapter Ambassador
SingularityU GIC Organizer

GIC Australia Organizer Jamie Sy

Jamie Sy

Impact & Purpose Driver, Ignite Alliance
SingularityU Newcastle Chapter Leader
SingularityU GIC Leadership Team

GIC Australia Organizer Samantha Lopez

Samantha Lopez

COO, Ignite Alliance
SingularityU Newcastle Chapter Leader
SingularityU GIC Leadership Team

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 this 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 Solutions Program.

 

Still have questions?

Contact the SingularityU Australia Global Impact Challenge team at australia@gic.su.org, or contact the Global Impact Challenge team at SU at gic@su.org.