Top row, from the left: Alaa Hesham, Hadeer Gamal, Aya Zaki, Yomna Ayman, Mostafa Ebeid, Mahmoud Mousa, and Mohamed Galal
Bottom row, from the left: Yahya Alaa, Ahmed Hussein, and Ahmad Al-Kabbany
VRapeutic specializes in developing virtual reality software modules for therapeutic purposes, each of which realizes educational scenarios through which essential life skills, such as motor, cognitive, social, and academic skills, can be instilled. The team’s current focus is on autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and cerebral palsy.
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 purpose of the SingularityU MENA GIC is to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in the Middle East and North Africa with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
The challenge is open to residents and citizens in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, Palestine, Yemen, Sudan, KSA, UAE, Kuwait, Iraq.
What innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge within by using exponential technology within the Health, Education, Energy, Agriculture, Transportation, or Fintech industries?
Egypt and the whole MENA region are a natural hub for tech-savvy experts: engineers, programmers, designers, and business professionals. As Haider Ghaleb, our SU Cairo Chapter Ambassador, says: “If Egypt joins the AI era it will leapfrog massively, which is why we are hosting this GIC to help foster exponential technology in our area.” The SingularityU MENA Global Impact Challenge is creating a platform through which local, bright minds can turn their ideas into actions, and eventually products and tools, that will tackle the world’s most urgent problems.
The high unemployment rate, educational gap, gender inequality in the workplace, and issues around water supply and common resource distribution are just some of the main problems that affect and slow down the development of MENA and the world.
The SingularityU MENA GIC urges leaders in the region to contribute to solutions around issues prevalent in their country that can be scaled globally. Startups for this GIC must be working with exponential technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Fabrication, Robotics and Nano-Technology with the aim of finding solutions for our top regional challenges in the industries of Health, Education, Energy, Agriculture, Transportation, and Fintech.
This year’s SingularityU MENA GIC is focusing on Health, Energy, Education, Agriculture, and Transportation (HEEAT) and Fintech. Here are some key statistics and reasons why these are the most demanding industries to tackle for development in the MENA region:
Do you have a moonshot idea that tackles one of the areas mentioned above? Can you impact the lives of millions?
Submit your moonshot idea to our SingularityU MENA GIC!
The top 20 shortlisted finalists of this Global Impact Challenge will be invited to attend a bootcamp held in El Gouna, Egypt from July 19-24, 2019, before the final pitch event.
The bootcamp will equip the finalists with the latest knowledge within exponential technologies, and prepare them for the final pitch event where they will pitch in front of a panel of judges from Singularity University (SU). The finalists will work hand-in-hand with mentors from SU, former GSP participants, and other subject experts.
The winner of this GIC will be selected at the final pitch event and secure a full scholarship to attend SU’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.
Applications Open: April 22, 2019
Applications Close: June 21, 2019
Finalists Announced: July 1, 2019
Bootcamp: July 19-24, 2019
Live Pitch Event & Winners Announced: July 26, 2019
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:
SingularityU Cairo Chapter Ambassador
CEO & Cofounder of The D.
Serial tech entrepreneur with a specialization in Artificial Intelligence & Cyber Security. GSP Singularity University Graduate. Worked with MNCs in the Middle East and Europe. B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and Artificial Intelligence specialization from MIT.
SingularityU Cairo Chapter Leadership
COO & Cofounder of The D.
Roxane is a serial entrepreneur and former UN professional. In her work she focuses on how we can optimize opportunities at the intersection of financial return and social value through innovative thinking, technology, and integrated partnerships. She has worked with a number of international companies in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and spent multiple years consulting the United Nations within social entrepreneurship in emerging economies.
Today She gets up in the morning to work with brilliant and passionate individuals primarily motivated by improving life and making the world a more lasting, fulfilling and sustainable place. M.Sc. Economics, CEMS MIM from NUS, and Artificial Intelligence specialization from MIT.
SingularityU Cairo Chapter Leadership
2016 SU Global Solutions Program
AI Head of The D.
Jean-Christophe is an experienced multidisciplinary engineer, fusing the two fields of bits and atoms. He specializes in AI from his Mechanical Engineering background applied in the nuclear energy domain. Passionate about how to lead teams to their full potential, he has a vast experience in the topic of exponential technologies and the potential implications they can bring. He also has a masters in Mechanical Engineering from INSA Lyon, France.
2019 SingularityU MENA GIC Organizer
Business Development Manager
A professional with over 7 years of experience in the Business Development and Sales sectors. Tarek has worked with top-notch companies in the fields of Real Estate, Trading, Software Development and Artificial Intelligence. He has a bachelors in Economics from Middlesex University and an MBA from Cardiff Metropolitan University.
2019 SingularityU MENA GIC Organizer
Marketing & Communications Manager
Serial entrepreneur and qualified marketer with over 10 years experience across Marketing, Fintech, Health, Recruitment, Retail and e-Commerce industries. Walaa holds many Google Marketing Certificates that consists of different achieved skills related to tech, digital marketing, business analysis, sales, project management and training. Walaa has also contributed as a speaker to global events such as Mashable Social Media Day 2015 and Egypreneur Forum.
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.
For this GIC, we are looking for early-phase startups or seed-stage startups with innovative ideas in these sectors HEEAT & Fintech.
Intellectual property resulting from a GIC belongs to the applicant(s).
The selection process consists of a total of three phases prior to the start of the bootcamp.
Important note about the application process: Individual virtual interviews will be conducted with the first 50 selected applicants during the first phase of the application process. Please note that for startups that are applying with one or more co-founders, each person must send their own separate application, as everyone will be assessed individually.
Yes, there is an expectation for winners to continue working on their winning projects.
SU Cairo Chapter will cover travel and accommodation costs for all finalists that will attend the bootcamp at El Gouna.
While the GSP is fully funded for the GIC winner along with accommodation and meals, the GIC winner is 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.