Radical ideas. Real impact.
The GSP has been SU’s flagship program since 2008, and it occupies an important place in our history. The program has served innovators from a wide diversity of backgrounds like Muhammad Yunus, Anousheh Ansari, Astro Teller, Naveen Jain, Sylvia Earle, Esteban Bullrich, Peter Worden, and delegations from UNICEF and World Food Programme amongst others, and has catapulted many moonshot ideas to help positively transform the future of humanity. GSP has generated more than 1,000 impact innovations from over 45 countries. And, eighty-eight percent of the GSP startups that become portfolio companies continue to raise funds following their year with SU.
Based on this successful track record and the increased demand for this program, we were inspired to reimagine GSP to make it significantly more impactful for SU’s next ten years. As a result, we came up with a more hands-on, scalable, and global program that will turn radical ideas into real impact.
The Global Startup Program 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. We want to inspire you to solve the world’s biggest challenges and impact the lives of a billion people.
Join us in creating a better future.
The Global Startup Program 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.
We’ll start by helping you cultivate a new mindset and toolset to overcome the challenges of technological disruption. Next, we’ll 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.
The GSP is for startups aligned with global grand challenges (GGCs) that want to 10x their current startup and scale it globally. We’re looking for startups that have experience with exponential technology, some level of demonstrated market traction, and an eagerness to radically level-up their business. Cohorts include founders from different countries, backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, and cultures, and you’ll find gender diversity in cohorts representing more than 40 countries.
Specifically, here are the attributes of an ideal startup for GSP:
If we’ve described you, please apply! Know someone else who’s a good fit? Please spread the word!
“Singularity University profoundly changed the way I thought about building my company. The knowledge I gained gave us a four-year head start in developing systems that today are becoming essential to the industry. Most importantly, SU gave me a unique privilege to be around people I admire and deeply respect—amazing visionaries who are not afraid to challenge conventional wisdom and make a commitment to changing lives of billions of people.” —Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, Co-founder, CEO & CTO, Escape Dynamics
“GSP challenged my assumption about how to build a huge scalable company. Don’t limit yourself.” —Christianna Taylor, Founder & CEO, Intelligent space
“The GSP at Singularity University was the most beneficial educational experience of my life. The program’s intensity pushed me to strive for greater impact in everything I do and, since graduating, the SU community has been pivotal in providing connections to advice and funders that have enabled my projects to flourish as never would have been possible before.” —Libby Falck, Co-founder & Director of Innovation, IDEAco
“We were able to go from idea to in-store prototype in 4 months. No small feat. The network of startups and experts and ultimately the support in ‘getting stuff done’ is pretty incredible.” —Kyle Nel, Co-founder & CEO, Uncommon Partners
In its first ten years, SU’s GSP has helped launch many incredible ideas. Here are a few of our favorites that have become viable, truly impactful companies:
Impact Vision is on a mission is to build a more transparent and secure global food system, using
Matternet enables organizations around the world to build and operate drone logistics networks for transporting goods on demand, through the air, at a fraction of the time and cost.
Iris builds AI tools to take researchers from
a problem to a precise reading list in
less than two days.
Are you ready to embark on a life-changing journey? If you want to radically alter your trajectory and start creating positive impact at scale, take the next step. Submit your application for GSP 2019 by November 15, 2018 to be considered for early approval. The final application deadline is January 15th, 2019.
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