Global Solutions Program

Developing moonshot innovations to create an abundant future

Are You Ready to Change the World?

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

Key program dates:

November 29, 2016: Direct admissions open

February 21, 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 Center in Mountain View, CA. GSP finds the absolute best minds on the planet and empowers them to leverage exponential technology and entrepreneurial tools to develop moonshot innovations addressing humanity’s grand challenges

Specifically, GSP exists to foster the development of viable startups (for-profit or not-for-profit) that will positively impact the lives of a billion people in 10 years or less. GSP participants have a remarkable 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.

New for 2017

This year, the GSP has two big changes: (1) climate change is the overarching theme, and (2) we have a new collaboration with XPRIZE.

The climate change theme is broadly framed around four opportunity areas for innovation: prevention, remediation, mitigation/adaptation, and action:

  • Prevention: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, including renewable energy innovations and other reducing other key GHG sources (e.g., methane from livestock)
  • Remediation: Removing greenhouse gas pollutants (e.g., carbon dioxide and methane) from the environment
  • Mitigation and adaptation: Reducing negative effects of climate change, including: 
    • Environment: Reversing coral bleaching, reforestation, sea level rise mitigation, and more
    • Food: Developing new and sustainable food supplies 
    • Water: Developing new and sustainable water supplies
  • Action: Increasing empathy and enabling long-term decision making or new governance models, new incentives and market forces, and more

We will not require participants to innovate in the climate change space, but this theme will heavily influence the program curriculum. 

We are looking for experts from ANY technology or science discipline because we know a challenge as huge as climate change can only be solved within the convergence of multiple disciplines and exponential technologies. 

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

Our collaboration with XPRIZE will draw on their expertise and networks to develop moonshot innovations.

How does GSP uniquely prepare me to build a moonshot startup?

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, and 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; and policy, law, and ethics 

Personal transformation:

Leadership, resilience, creativity, exponential thinking, and an abundance mindset

What happens after GSP?

GSP and Global Impact Challenges (the winners of which attend GSP) are 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. 

GSP applicants should be prepared to commit to launching a startup around their innovation and remain attached to that venture, wherever the journey may lead post-GSP, based on their GSP team project.

More questions? Check out our handy FAQ.

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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 seek 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.

GSP is open to people from all professional backgrounds with a proven track record, but you’re an ideal candidate if:

  • You’re an experienced entrepreneur; you’ve already turned over at least one successful company, and you’re ready to do it again in the impact space
  • You’re an accomplished technologist, scientist, or change agent and are a recognized thought leader in your chosen field(s)
  • You have a background in or a passion for addressing climate change, including a wide range of related fields such as water desalination, alternative food or energy sources, biodiversity, governance models, and more (see above)
  • You 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 
  • You’re 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

Note: Individuals typically apply to GSP, but we do 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! 

Questions? Please see our FAQ.

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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

Start Your Application

We’re ideally looking for applicants who have the skills and passion to develop a moonshot idea and launch a startup company that addresses some aspect of climate change (which includes a broad range of areas), but we will also accept outstanding candidates who have other areas of expertise or who prefer to innovate in other fields. We will not require participants to work on climate change solutions.

You can apply by entering a GIC and/or submitting a direct application. If applicable, you can apply via both channels.

Ready to apply? Go for it! Questions? See our FAQ.

Enter a Global Impact Challenge

Each year, we host Global Impact Challenges (GIC) around the world. If you have an innovative idea, winning a GIC guarantees acceptance to GSP. Please check to see if there's a Challenge open in your area.

Find a GIC

Direct Application

Whether you enter a GIC or not, you can also apply directly to the Global Solutions Program. 

Apply direct