A closer look at the GSP journey
The Global Startup Program (GSP) is a comprehensive program for startups looking to transform radical ideas into tangible impact on a global scale. During the course of GSP, our primary objectives are to help you:
We’ll connect you with a world-class network of forward-thinking alumni, mentors, faculty, industry experts, corporate executives, and government organizations.
We’ll give you the toolset to gain a new perspective and purpose. You’ll uncover technologies that are shifting the world and understand how they influence your mission.
We’ll work with you to create a prototype, business model, and a go-to-market strategy that will scale your business faster to better address a global market.
We’ll provide guidance on your fundraising initiatives and networking support to help you connect with funding sources. Some might qualify for capital through our fund.
GSP consists of structured, immersive workshops and intensive fieldwork in multiple locations around the globe, as well as continued access to vital support, people, and programs via a best-in-class connectivity platform.
The program will take you on a transformative journey as you progress through three unique phases: Activate, Accelerate, and Connect. We’ll work with you every step of the way as you become inspired with a new idea for your startup to position you for global scale. You’ll get unparalleled access to the best resources and experts to help you execute your vision.
Your GSP journey will start with Activate—an immersive four-week workshop held in a variety of global locations that teaches exponential thinking, ideation at the billion scale, and storytelling skills through the lens of your radical idea.
Our world-class faculty will introduce you to the technologies and ideas that are transforming the world and enabling global impact. You’ll also meet other GSP startups here!
Week 1: Future Tech
Learn about exponential tech, global grand challenges (GGCs), convergence, abundance, 6Ds, and more. This week will spark your personal transformation.
Week 2: Future Abundance
Discover why the advancement of technology can create a future of abundance.
Week 3: 10x Impact
Understand the concept of exponential impact and learn how to reverse-engineer the path to scalable growth.
Week 4: Exponential Ideas
Build vital new communication and storytelling skills to galvanize others to join your mission.
Next, your journey will continue with GSP Accelerate—an immersive four-week program at SU’s campus in Silicon Valley that bridges the path from newly inspired idea to prototype through customer validation, business strategy, go-to-market planning, and business plan development supported by mentorship and networking.
Location: SU campus in Silicon Valley
Week 1: Validate
Start product prototyping and work on customer validation in our maker space.
Week 2: Build
Build a go-to-market strategy, including business modeling, pricing, and monetizing innovation.
Week 3: Fund
Improve your fundraising prospects and explore different types of capital sources (i.e., impact investing and grant raising).
Week 4: Launch
Prepare videos and decks, a communication plan, a 12-month roadmap, and your pitch for SU’s Demo Faire.
GSP Connect is SU’s digital platform that is used throughout the program to connect you with our global ecosystem of world-class mentors, faculty, and staff; essential innovation tools; deep-dive digital courses; and global meetups. GSP Connect is a keystone to the year-long GSP membership that will enable you to stay connected with SU’s ecosystem as you scale your venture.
Location: Remote / Virtual
Online Learning and Expert Content
Access SU’s digital education content and attend webinars conducted by experts in fields like blockchain, healthcare innovation, and many others.
Level Up Leadership Training
Benefit from in-program sessions, coaching, and virtual meetups with Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil for one year to help you navigate your leadership journey.
Get a full year of access to our mentor database, including self-service access to personalized mentoring and support from expert mentors, faculty, staff, and both government and corporate partners.
Join us on our Slack channel and monthly virtual meetups. Get peer-to-peer advising, accountability, and support.
Funding and Capital
We’ll make warm introductions to connect you with our network of angels, VCs, foundations, contracts, grants, and other funding sources to further propel your startup. SU Ventures also has a fund that, depending on capital needs and stage, some startups may be eligible for.
The Global Startup Program’s immersive experience pushes you to grow every day.
You’ll engage in cutting-edge learning experiences designed and delivered by globally recognized speakers. You’ll also attend mentoring sessions, field trips, and after-hours fireside chats and social events. During a given day, you might find yourself:
Program fees include all program tools, materials, breakout sessions, workshops, and activities with your fellow participants and faculty.
Lodging: Accommodations will be provided for participants during Activate (a global location like Denmark) and Accelerate (Silicon Valley, California) programs.
Food: Delicious, healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be available every day there is program content during Activate and Accelerate.
During GSP Connect: Year-long access to SU’s digital platform used throughout the Global Startup Program to connect participants with SU’s ecosystem of mentors, faculty, and staff; innovation tools; deep-dive digital courses; and global meetups.
* Please note: Transportation, visas, and personal expenses are NOT included.
Sponsorship: A limited number of partial-tuition sponsorships are available. If you require sponsorship, please indicate as such on the application. Sponsorships are awarded on an individual basis according to applicant need and the nature of the startup.