Entrepreneurs have a choice that greets them at the start of every day: They can choose to take an idea and run with it as far and fast as they can, or they can simply let it remain an idea forever. We choose to run, at SU, and we can help support you if you make that same choice.
In fact, moonshot companies need a lot of support to harness an idea and turn it into something tangible. Every day brings a new challenge, a new pain point, and a new chance to abandon it all for something safer. That’s where SU LaunchPad comes in. We’re the safety net that will give your idea a fighting chance to thrive. From leadership training for founders, to structure and foundation for companies, to a powerful ecosystem for innovation and execution, LaunchPad nurtures and develops the startups that dare to turn an idea into a minimum viable product and beyond.
How We Help
We turn talking into doing
LaunchPad is an intensive 8-week incubation program designed to further solidify the transformation of the strongest team ideas from SU’s Global Solutions Program (GSP) into viable startups. Teams are selected based on their powerful idea, the effectiveness of their pitch, and the strength and commitment of the founding team members. Each founding team is expected to bring diverse skills, including deep domain expertise and proven business acumen.
LaunchPad provides the platform, network, structure, and guidance to empower these leaders to validate their ideas, gel as a team, experiment and prototype their MVP, and help them deliver exponential impact. The teams are challenged and held accountable with practical milestones and deliverables, with the majority of their time being spent leveraging Singularity University’s ecosystem to build their companies. The program culminates with a Demo Day showcasing the companies and their innovative impact solutions.
For example, companies in the inaugural LaunchPad are:
- Creating an affordable, off-grid, solar powered fridge to serve the 1 billion+ people without electricity
- Using AR and VR to help train teachers in student-centered learning techniques
- Protecting satellites by using autonomous robotics to collect, redistribute, and remove orbital debris
- Promoting early diagnosis through AI and toilet sensors that can detect colon cancer
- Addressing micronutrient deficiencies with a portable device that uses microbial engineering and digital manufacturing to grow nutrients at home.
Meet Our Exponential Startups
Watch the videos below and be inspired by the stunning work these startups are doing to create positive impact in the world.
Get on our radar
And if you’re a later-stage venture (or know of great ones that you want to refer to us), check out the SU Labs Startup Accelerator. Our third cohort kicks off in February 2017, and we’re currently accepting applications for companies in biotech/healthcare and hardware/software.
We’re always on the lookout for great mentors to work with our startups. If you’d like to work with one of these great companies, join our mentor program and share your expertise.