The purpose of the SingularityU Singapore Global Impact Challenge is to recruit change agents to foster innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Asia with an ability to scale and impact millions of people.
Asia is home to more than half of the world’s population. Faced with a rapidly aging population and rising affluence in the region, healthcare challenges will continue to grow. Challenges include diagnosis of infectious disease and cancer, delivery of affordable and effective care, and management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.
In recognition of this growing problem, the theme for the inaugural SingularityU Singapore Global Impact Challenge will be to improve the delivery and effectiveness of healthcare in Asia through medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health technologies.
To tackle such issues, we are pleased to be working with global medical technology leader BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company). BD is committed to advancing the world of health by improving discovery, diagnostics, and the delivery of care. Through partnerships with stakeholders, BD hopes to address the leading healthcare challenges and needs in Asia.
We’re looking for applicants with the skills and passion for developing great ideas—even moonshot ideas—and launching a startup company to improve the delivery and effectiveness of healthcare in Asia through medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health technologies. We hope to identify bold, innovative solutions to persistent challenges facing countries across Asia that will increase access to healthcare, enhance outcomes, reduce costs, and improve healthcare safety.
We welcome entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, and other experts from all disciplines to enter this Challenge and bring their passion and knowledge to help solve problems already facing millions of people across Asia today and beyond in the years ahead.
The winner of this Challenge will secure a full sponsorship to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017, and is held on the SU campus at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.
Dates and timeline
Applications open: February 22, 2017
GIC launch workshop: March 14, 2017
Applications close: April 11, 2017
Finalists announced: April 17, 2017
Pitch event & winners announced: April 26, 2017