Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual competitions organized by geography and theme. These challenges are an open call to 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 purpose of the SingularityU Poland Global Impact Challenge is to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Poland and the Central and Eastern Europe region with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
The challenge is open to citizens and residents in the Central and Eastern Europe region: Poland, The Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine, Austria, Hungary, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Bulgaria.
What 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 Poland?
Poland and the greater Central and Eastern Europe region is one of the most innovative, up-and-coming startup hubs in the world. Central and Eastern Europe demonstrates strong potential to scale and promote innovation value in the European market. For the second year in a row, we are launching the SingularityU Poland Global Impact Challenge to mobilize CEE-based startups that leverage exponential technology to positively impact humanity.
With enormous talent, digital capital, innovative solutions, and entrepreneurial frameworks, Poland and the CEE region are considered by the World Bank as the third best place to launch and develop a startup in the world. The region’s successes on the world stage hope to inspire hundreds of Polish and CEE entrepreneurs to think and scale their startups globally for the greater good.
Apply to this challenge by submitting your innovative idea to improve the standard of living of 100 million+ CEE citizens over the next 3-5 years using exponential technology.
The winner of the SingularityU Poland Global Impact Challenge will win a seat to attend SU’s Global Startup Program free of charge.
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.
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.