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?
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The purpose of the SingularityU Chile Global Impact Challenge is to foster entrepreneurs, startups and anyone with moonshot ideas to have positive impact. We intend to improve the lives of Chileans and scale the moonshot to impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
Singularity University hosts this Global Impact Challenge in collaboration with HER GLOBAL IMPACT for the 7th consecutive year since 2013. HER GLOBAL IMPACT seeks to promote the development of new industries and businesses led by female 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 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.
Applications open: April 12, 2019
Applications close: May 31, 2019
Announcement of Finalists: July 12, 2019
Pitch event & Winners announced: July 25, 2019
Additional information can be found at herglobalimpact.com
Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:
We will be really thrilled to find:
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:
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.
Contact the Global Impact Challenge team at SU at firstname.lastname@example.org.