SingularityU Canada Global Impact Challenge

What is your BIG idea to improve the standard of living of a million Canadians using exponential technology?

Open to citizens and/or residents of Canada, apply to this Global Impact Challenge and tell us your idea.

2019 Winner

Bo Simango

Bo Simango

Project: Holocene
For disaster relief and response teams, Holocene is developing real-time resource location tracking software that results in cost reduction, enables better resource coordination, and real-time data capture with a technology stack combining industrial sensors with IoT sensors

Overview

The purpose of the 2019 SingularityU Canada Global Impact Challenge is to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Canada, 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?

Do you have a moonshot idea that will:

  • Improve computing power to make education more accessible?
  • Develop alternative proteins to improve the outlook of global food security?
  • Digitize manufacturing to increase prosperity?
  • Scale AI to advance global supply chains?
  • Balance oceanic ecosystems with marine-technologies?
  • Or, an exponential technology to improve the lives of over a million Canadians?

Tell us your BIG idea.

Why host a Global Impact Challenge in Canada?

Canada has a celebrated history of world-changing innovations in medicine, energy, transportation, food, and technology. We have the talent, drive, dedication, and opportunity to succeed.

 Our creativity and resourcefulness define us and innovation is a Canadian value. Therefore, let’s rise to the occasion and showcase our innovative solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges and create solutions for millions of people in Canada and beyond.

Open to citizens and residents of Canada, apply to this challenge by submitting your BIG idea to improve the lives of one million+ Canadians using exponential technology and has the potential to impact a billion people in 10 years.

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: November 21, 2018
Applications close: March 31, 2019
Live Pitch Event Details:

Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
i-onCONNECT
2700 Production Way #200,
Burnaby, BC V5A 4X1

RSVP to attend here

 

GSP Activate Session: September 2019 (Location TBA soon)
GSP Accelerate Session: November 2019, Silicon Valley

 

Open to citizens and/or residents of Canada, apply to this Global Impact Challenge and tell us your idea

Sponsored by:

ReMAP logo

i-onconnect logo

Rules & Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • The challenge is open to residents and citizens of Canada
  • You must be age 21 or older on the first day of the GSP
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
  • Your venture is a fully formed entitiy (in seed, idea-stage or scale-up) and has at least two full-time co-founders.
  • You must be able to participate in the entire Global Startup Program
  • Applicants selected as finalists will participate in the Live Pitch Event that will be held in May 2019 in Burnaby, BC, Canada

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 the GSP 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.

If we’ve described you, please apply! Know someone else who’s a good fit? Please spread the word.

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 Canada
  • 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: November 21, 2018
Applications close: March 31, 2019
Live Pitch Event Details:

Date: May 29, 2019
Time: 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Location:
i-onCONNECT
2700 Production Way #200,
Burnaby, BC V5A 4X1

RSVP to attend here

GIC Organizing Team

Irene Sterian GIC Canada

Irene Sterian

President & CEO, ReMAP
2018 Head of Canada GIC
2017 Head of Canada GIC
2017 Canada Summit
2016 Exponential Manufacturing

GIC Canada Loretta Renard

Loretta Renard

VP Operations, ReMAP
2018 GIC Canada Lead
2017 GIC Canada
2017 Canada Summit
2017 SU Global Summit

Trish Hughes

Trish Hughes

Events & Program Lead, i-onConnect

Andrea Palmer

Andrea Palmer

GEO, AwakeLabs
2015 Canada GIC Winner

Zak Lefevre

Zac LeFevre

CEO, ChargeLab
2017 Canada GIC Winner

GIC Canada Ed Champion

Ed Champion

CEO, Smart Villages Canada
2017 Canada GIC Winner

Frequently Asked Questions

Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are incentive competitions organized by partners in countries around the world to identify innovative startups & solutions using exponential technology to solve the world’s pressing challenges. 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 Canada Global Impact Challenge team at canada@gic.su.org, or contact the Global Impact Challenge team at SU at gic@su.org.