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

2018 Winners

Pilar Duenas GIC Chile Winner

2018 Winner
Pilar Dueñas

Francisco Duenas GIC Chile Winner

2018 Winner
Francisco Dueñas

Project: UTopia
UTopia is a virtual reality platform where therapists and patients meet in a safe and friendly environment. It is a groundbreaking online therapy modality; UTopia is human, time saving, solution oriented, and quite frankly, extremely fun



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

Singularity University hosts this Global Impact Challenge in collaboration with HER GLOBAL IMPACT– the first Innovation Academy for women in Latin America with more than 5 years of experience. HER GLOBAL IMPACT seeks to promote the development of new industries and businesses led by entrepreneurs, using exponential technologies that generate positive impacts on society.

What moonshot 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?

The Prize

The winner receives a seat at SU Ventures Incubator program. The Incubator Program is a 10-week program that fosters the development of viable start-ups (for profit or not-for profit).

The SU Ventures Incubator Program runs from September 3 – November 9, 2018.

The Incubator Program Journey

The incubator program journey

Dates and timeline

Applications open: June 25, 2018
Applications close: July 15, 2018
Announcement of Finalists: August 9, 2018
Pitch event & Winners announced: August 16, 2018

Additional information can be found at herglobalimpact.com

Rules & Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a citizen of Chile
  • You must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
  • You must be able to attend the entire SU Ventures Incubator Program (September 3 – November 9, 2018)

We look for people from all professional backgrounds, but will be really thrilled to find you if:

  • You’re a female founder of an idea-stage startup or an individual with a moonshot idea
  • You’re an accomplished entrepreneur, technologist, scientist, or change agent with expertise in your chosen field(s)
  • You’re already considering how to leverage exponential technologies to create positive impact in the world
  • You’re committed to the long-term journey of launching an impact-focused startup
  • Degree of solution’s relevance to the theme of the challenge
  • The regional relevance in solving the challenge in Chile
  • Feasibility, Viability and Coherence of implementing the idea
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative potential, with a focus on technological novelty
  • Applicant’s leadership experience and quality, profile, achievements, and potential
  • CV/Resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
    • Within the abstract, describe and detail the following: your idea and problem/opportunity you are addressing, your solution and long-term impact, applied technology for your solution, and your business model
  • A video URL of the project idea
  • Applications open: June 25, 2018
  • Applications close: July 15, 2018
  • Announcement of Finalists: August 9, 2018
  • Pitch event & Winners announced: August 16, 2018

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, leaders, scientists, and engineers with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend an SU program.

We are looking for early-phase startup ideas or individuals with a moonshot ideas. Judging criteria is based on the grandness of the idea—such as whether it solves a problem with a potential to positively impact millions of people, technological novelty, viability of implementing it and applicants leadership potential.

If you’re a later-stage venture, check out the SU Ventures program.

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.

The winner will cover their air travel expenses to and from SU.

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

Still have questions?

Get in touch with the Global Impact Challenges team at SU at [email protected].