Submit an idea that will positively impact the lives of the people of India and beyond
What’s your BIG IDEA to address a global grand challenge by leveraging exponential technology with a potential to impact a billion people in 10 years?
The purpose of the SingularityU India Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in India, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
SingularityU Global Impact Challenges aim to bring together innovators and stakeholders with a passion to solve one or more of the global grand challenges (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity, and shelter) by leveraging exponential technologies.
This year, the India Global Impact Challenge is looking for solutions to address the following global grand challenges:
India has always been a key contributor to various fields including education, mathematics, medicine, science etc. Being the seventh-largest country by area and the second-most populous country (with over 1.3 billion people), its opportunities and challenges are of large proportions.
India is expected to have one of the youngest and largest workforces in the world in the coming years. To capitalize this opportunity, it is important to come up with innovative ways of developing content, pedagogy, delivery, and distribution to equip the growing population of youths in India about emerging technologies and prepare them for the 21st-century jobs.
Additionally, rapid population growth coupled with urbanization has resulted to poor environmental conditions such as improper solid waste management and air and water pollution. With the increase in urbanization in the next decade projected at 24%, it becomes important to find innovative solutions to avoid/manage the impact this will have on the environment.
With the increase in urbanization in the next decade projected at 24%, it’s crucial to find innovative solutions to manage the impact this will have on the environment.
The winner receives a seat at the SU Ventures Incubator Program starting in September 2018. The Incubator Program is a 10-week fully sponsored program that fosters the development of viable start-ups (for profit or not-for profit) that have the potential to make positive impact at scale.
The SU Ventures Incubator Program runs from September 3 – October 19, 2018.
The top teams will also be shortlisted for Kerala Innovation Challenge and will have the opportunity to pitch for an innovation grant of INR 80,00,000 for implementing the solution in the state of Kerala, India.
Applications open: April 6, 2018
Applications close: June 7, 2018
Shortlist Announced: June 15, 2018
Pitch event: July 2-6, 2018
Winners announced: July 7, 2018
We look for people from all professional backgrounds, but will be really thrilled to find you if:
We will evaluate submissions using the following criteria:
Chief Executive Officer, Kerala Startup Mission
Managing Director, FAYA Corporation
Project Director (Operations), Kerala Startup Mission
Manager (Business Development), Kerala Startup Mission
Technical Officer, Kerala Startup Mission
Technical Officer, Kerala Startup Mission
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 idea. 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 travel expenses of the winner to/from SU are going to be funded by the GIC partners.
In all cases where a winner cannot attend the Incubator program, the winner forfeits their seat to the GIC first runner-up and would have to then re-apply for admission in a future year.