The purpose of the SingularityU Colombia Global Impact Challenge is to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the Guajira region, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
Why Host a Global Impact Challenge in Colombia?
La Guajira is probably the poorest region in Colombia, with the worst social, economic, institutional, environmental indicators of the country. Most of its population is part of an ethnic group and live in rural areas scattered across the whole region. More than 45% of the population live in small rural villages (clans) scattered in the territory with no access to basic needs such as electricity, water, sewage systems and receive low-quality education and health.
Nevertheless, it’s geographic location is truly privileged. It has the potential to be a hub for the Caribbean. It is the second best spot in the Americas for Eolic energy, and its climate gives plenty of sun for solar energy. The potential for tourism is huge as the region contains a multicultural society, mountain, desert, sea, and rivers.
This challenge aims to understand how we could take advantage of the large energetic and cultural potential of the region, so that local communities could participate from the opportunities of the digital economy, breaking the current poverty circle. Dimensions of the challenge include reforesting, water, energy, health, connectivity and transportation, agriculture, cultural and creative industries.
What innovation would you develop to solve one or more of the aforementioned dimensions of the challenge using exponential technology?
- Opportunity to join Singularity University virtual entrepreneurs community.
- The GIC’s finalists will receive tickets to attend the first SingularityU Colombia Summit.
- A year-long accompaniment through one of the programs of EAN Institute for Sustainable Development, which is ranked among the top 12 university incubators worldwide, according to UBI global.
Dates and timeline
Applications open: October 16, 2018
GIC Workshop– To beheld in EAN University, Bogotá, Colombia: November 1, 2018
Applications close: November 12, 2018
Pitch Event: November 26, 23018
Winners announced: November 28, 2018 during the SingularityU Colombia Summit