SingularityU Peru Global Impact Challenge

What moonshot idea would you develop that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years by applying exponential technology to address a global grand challenge?

Applications closed on January 20, 2017

Jenniffer Espinoza

2017 Winner
Jenniffer Espinoza

Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, Entrepreneurship/Intrapreneurship

Winning idea: Dipvix

Jenniffer has developed a device that detects high risk Human Papillomavirus types in a dipstick format before the development of cancer symptoms.

Jorge Bardales

2017 Winner
Jorge Bardales

Areas of expertise: Technology/Science, Digital Biology, Medicine

Winning idea: Engineered Biotics

Jorge utilizes genome engineering and synthetic biology to prevent and fight gastrointestinal diseases in children caused by pathogenic bacteria.


The purpose of the SingularityU Peru Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Peru with an ability to scale and impact a billion people in 10 years worldwide.

This year, for the first time, we are ideally looking for applicants who have the skills and passion to develop a moonshot idea and launch a startup company that addresses climate change, although we will also accept outstanding candidates who have other areas of expertise or choose to innovate in other fields.

Climate change is a broad focus area that includes many areas ripe for innovation. For example, if you’re developing sustainable food sources or alternative energy sources, developing governance models for policy, or focused on issues such as biodiversity or water access, you already fall within the climate change theme and should definitely apply.

Again, we welcome entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, and other experts from all disciplines to apply, and we will not require participants to only innovate in the climate change space.

What moonshot innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity, or shelter) using exponential technology that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?

The prize

The winner of this challenge will secure a confirmed spot to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017, on the SU campus at NASA Research Park.

The cost for the challenge winner’s participation in the GSP Program will be covered by CIENCIACTIVA (The National Fund for Scientific Development, Technology, and Innovation of the Government of Peru).

Dates and timeline

Applications open:  December 2, 2016

Applications close: January 20, 2017

Pitch event: March 1, 2017

Winners announced: March 1, 2017

Sponsored exclusively by:

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Rules & Criteria

Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must be a citizen of Peru
  • You must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application
  • You must be fluent in written and spoken English
  • You must be able to attend the entire Global Solutions Program (June 17-August 17, 2017)

You’re an ideal candidate if you:

  • Are an experienced entrepreneur who has already turned over at least one successful company, and are ready to do it again in the impact space
  • Are an accomplished technologist, scientist, or change agent and are recognized as a thought leader in your chosen field(s)
  • Have a background in or a passion for addressing climate change
  • Have an innovative solution to an urgent global challenge—ideally, but not limited to, climate change—that leverages exponential technologies and can positively impact a billion people within 10 years
  • Are prepared to commit to launching a startup around your innovation and remaining attached to that venture, wherever the journey may lead post-GSP, based on your GSP team project
  • Are a woman who has completed an undergraduate degree or graduate degree in STEM: Science (biology, physics, chemistry, computing), Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics

The recipient of the winning prize will pledge to “pay it forward” by completing four (4) compulsory activities:

  • During the course of the Global Solutions Program, the GIC Peru winner pledges to write a weekly article and/or blog post about the learned lessons of the week, to be submitted to CIENCIACTIVA for publication in printed and/or online media
  • Upon completion of the Global Solutions Program, the GIC Peru winner pledges to return to Peru to share acquired knowledge and experiences with at least 10 public and private universities and schools around the country in conferences or workshops open to students, entrepreneurs, media, and the general public
  • The GIC Peru winner pledges to write a final report to be submitted to CIENCIACTIVA before Dec 7th, 2017
  • Finally, the GIC Peru winner pledges to support the organization of, and activities pertaining to, GIC PERU in the future
  • Applicant’s scientific, technical, entrepreneurial background, leadership experience, and achievements
  • The regional relevance in solving the challenge in Peru, Latin America, and the world
  • Degree of solution’s relevance to the theme of the challenge
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative potential, with a focus on technological novelty
  • Feasibility, viability, and coherence of implementing the idea
  • CV/Resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
  • Applicants must read the rules, guides and contact model of Cienciactiva and register in Cienciactiva website before applying
  • Video (provide url) of the project idea:
    • Video must be in English and not more than 3 minutes
    • In the video, you must (1) introduce yourself, (2) explain your GIC idea and what you hope to get out of the GSP and (3) describe your greatest passion in life, and the goal that makes you excited to work hard each day to create a better future
    • Be creative in your video by adding images, videos, photos, or animations about yourself or your project, but note that we must be able to see your face for at least 1 minute in order to evaluate your energy, empathy, communication skills, and English proficiency
    • Any “recycled” video from applications to other programs will be ignored (e.g., Startup Peru, Wayra, Startup Chile, or other accelerators or incubators)

      Note: There’s no need to create a video with high-end production value; a simple webcam video is acceptable. Please post your video on YouTube, Vimeo, or another video-sharing website where we can view it easily.

  • Applications open: December 2, 2016
  • Applications close: January 20, 2017
  • Pitch event: March 1, 2017
  • Winners announced: March 1, 2017

GIC Organizing Team

Gary Urteaga

Gary Urteaga

Organizer, SingularityU GIC Peru

FutureMed 2013

Irina Rymshina

Irina Rymshina

Founder, Hoope

GSP 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

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 our transformational Global Solutions Program.


No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted.

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.

No, there’s no such obligation from either SU or the GIC Sponsor. The GIC winner can elect to recruit fellow GSP classmates to work on his or her winning project or create an entirely new project during the summer.

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.


Still have questions?

Get in touch with the Peru GIC organizers by emailing them at [email protected], or contact the Global Impact Challenges team at SU at [email protected].