The purpose of the SingularityU Japan Global Impact Challenge 2019 is to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Japan with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
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?
Why Host a GIC in Japan?
Japan is widely acknowledged for its historical affinity in the arts, but it also has championed modern innovation, specifically in electronics, automobiles, and robotics. With its long history of talent, accomplishments, and innovations, Japan undoubtedly has the capabilities and ingenuity to transform into a society that leverages exponential technologies for positive impact.
In Japan, our creativity and savviness define us and innovation is truly valued. Through the SingularityU Japan Global Impact Challenge, this is our chance to rise to the occasion and showcase our innovative solutions to humanity’s biggest challenges.
Apply to this GIC by submitting your idea to improve the standard of living of 100 million Japanese citizens over the next 5 years using exponential technology.
The Global Startup Program (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.
The winner of the SingularityU Japan Global Impact Challenge will win a seat to Singularity University’s GSP free of charge.
Dates & Timeline
Applications Open: May 22, 2019
Applications Close: July 7, 2019
Live Pitch Event & Winners Announced: July 30, 2019