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 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.
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