Global Solutions Program

Creating entrepreneurs and projects that will improve the world

Are You Ready to Change the World?

The Global Solutions Program (GSP) is our flagship program. We facilitate the creation of moonshot companies that will positively transform the future of humanity. If you're looking to create solutions to help millions of people, look no further. This is where you need to be.

Key program dates:

November 29, 2017: Direct admissions open

February 13, 2017: Submission deadline for direct applications

April 14, 2017: Acceptance notification

June 17, 2017: GSP participants arrive at SU

Watch the video below for a taste of GSP, and then apply for the 2017 cohort.

This program will be unlike any we've ever done—and unlike any you've ever seen.

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Program Details

The Global Solutions Program (GSP) is a 9-week immersive, residential experience at our campus at the NASA Ames Research Park in Mountain View, CA. GSP empowers leaders to leverage exponential technology and entrepreneurial tools to solve humanity’s grand challenges

The purpose of GSP is to create and develop moonshot innovations that can transition into viable startups (for-profit or not-for-profit) that will positively impact the lives of a billion people in 10 years or less. GSP offers participants an opportunity to learn about exponential technologies and their broader societal implications, experience personal transformation as global leaders, and build a strong community of lifelong peers committed to solving the world’s biggest problems.

The GSP is a highly dynamic and action-oriented experience that integrates learning, skill-building, and networking in the following core areas:

Exponential technologies:

Artificial intelligence and robotics • Digital biology and medicine • Digital fabrication and nanotechnology • Networks and computing systems

Global grand challenges (GGCs):

Energy, environment, food, water, disaster resilience, space, governance, security, learning, health, prosperity, and shelter

Innovation tools and methodologies:

Entrepreneurship • Design thinking • Data science •  Future forecasting • Finance and economics • Policy, law, and ethics 

Personal transformation:

Leadership • Resilience • Creativity • Exponential thinking • Abundance mindset

GSP and Global Impact Challenges (the winners of which attend GSP) represent entry points to a longer entrepreneurial journey that founders and teams can take with SU. Following GSP, all participants are welcomed into the SU community of alumni and engaged as members of our global innovation ecosystem. Selected teams will also have an opportunity to enter our LaunchPad program. LaunchPad is an 8-week residential program that transforms early-stage innovations with the greatest potential for success into startups with minimum viable products. Once these startups gain traction, they may apply to our Startup Accelerator, which aims to help founders network, expand, and accelerate their ventures to scale.

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"[Going] through SU changes the way you view the world and, for me, it says that you're someone who is playing a much bigger game." 

—Dr. Peter H. Diamandis

Co-Founder & Executive Chairman

Who Should Apply

We're looking for people who've already moved mountains and are ready to do it again. Our purpose is to gather these talented people and empower them with the mindset, skillset, and network to build breakthrough solutions leveraging exponential technologies.

Desired candidates for GSP are:

  • Accomplished entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, or GGC solvers
  • Outstanding innovators with a proven track record of creating moonshot solutions to the world’s biggest challenges by leveraging exponential technologies
  • Committed to the long-term entrepreneurial journey of transforming a moonshot innovation into a viable startup
  • Doers or makers who are intellectually curious and rigorous
  • Passionate about solving the world’s biggest challenges

Note: Individuals typically apply to GSP, however we accept a limited number of team applications (for teams of 2-3 people with a proven track record of working together in successful startups).

Are we describing you? If so, we definitely want to hear from you!

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We Catalyze Future Companies

We’re extremely proud of our GSP alumni and the companies they’ve created

Through this program, we’ve helped launch companies that are 3D printing in space and using drones to deliver goods in low-income countries. They’re using machine learning to predict dengue outbreaks in Rio de Janeiro.

Check out the videos below to see what some of our companies are doing post-GSP. You won't want to miss what happens in 2017.

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"The heart and soul of Singularity University is its Global Solutions Program. You can see the passion and enthusiasm that the students bring — the staff and the faculty contribute to that as well — building an ever larger community, and it's a thrill for me to be a part of it." 

—Dr. Ray Kurzweil

Co-Founder & Chancellor

Program Sponsors

We're honored to have a multi-year, multi-million dollar agreement with Google that will enable Singularity University to make the Global Solutions Program available free of charge to direct applicants. Read more details about our Google partnership here.

We also gratefully acknowledge the ongoing support from Genentech and our numerous Global Impact Challenge partners.

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