Meet the New GSP

The GSP has been SU’s flagship program since 2008, and 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. It has generated more than 1,000 impact innovations from over 45 countries, while eighty-eight percent of the GSP startups that become SU portfolio companies continue to raise funds following the program.

Previously called the Global Solutions Program, we redesigned the GSP in 2018 – and renamed it the Global Startup Program – to focus entirely on helping entrepreneurs accelerate the growth of their startups to achieve global impact. Now, the GSP is a structured, immersive program offering startup-focused educational resources and world-class strategic guidance from SU’s faculty, staff, and industry experts—in a safe, nurturing environment. We want to inspire entrepreneurs to solve the world’s biggest challenges and impact the lives of a billion people.

 

Say Hello to GSP 2019 Denmark!

The first cohort of the newly redesigned Global Startup Program is kicking off with GSP Activate in Copenhagen, Denmark. These entrepreneurs were selected from hundreds of applicants for their potential and promise to positively impact the world through their startups. Join us in celebrating their endeavors, and stay tuned for updates from the program as it happens.

 

Program Details

The Global Startup Program (GSP) brings together entrepreneurs from around the world for structured, immersive workshops and intensive feedback in multiple locations around the globe, as well as continued access to support and resources via our connectivity platform. GSP will…

Help you scale your business by equipping you with connections to SU’s global community and Silicon Valley experts and peers, while providing the mindset and frameworks necessary to designing a billion-scale commercialization plan.

Help you identify and build your commercialization plan, which includes helping you to perfect your pitch, identify global opportunities, and find alternative capital sources.

Equip you with the ability to capitalize on future technology shifts by teaching you how to identify converging technologies, analyze innovation trends, and prove out patterns to scale your startup globally.

Show you how to unlock new market opportunities while galvanizing the support of investors, customers, and corporate and government leaders by articulating your Massive Transformative Purpose, and forecasting your impact and where it will meet commercialization.

Help you become a future-ready leader by equipping you with the new skills, tools, and exponential mindset required to champion your solution, while leading your team and startup to global scale in a time of rapid technological change.

The 12-Month GSP Journey

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3 Weeks of Activate (in person)

  • Expand into ideation at the billion scale
  • Dive deep into bleeding-edge exponential technologies
  • Understand concepts like abundance, convergence, the 6Ds, and more, while pushing your mind to solve the global grand challenges
  • Substantially evolve your communication and storytelling skills
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3 Weeks of Accelerate (in person)

  • Create a clearly differentiated value proposition
  • Take your vision to prototype through customer validation
  • Build a valid business plan and product roadmap
  • Turn your solution from moonshot idea to minimum viable product (MVP)
  • Develop your go-to-market planning, supported by mentorship and networking
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1 Year of Connect (virtually)

  • Leverage SU digital courses, webinars, virtual meet-ups, and more
  • Work with best-in-class faculty, staff, and mentors
  • Connect with SU’s international Chapters and community
  • Join global meet-ups

“[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.”

SU Executive Co-Founder, Peter Diamandis

Is GSP For You?

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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:

  • SU mission alignment: You have a startup in one of the global grand challenge spaces.
  • Team: Your startup has at least two full-time co-founders.
  • Experience: You have expertise in an exponential technology and/or a key GGC space.
  • Time: Your venture is a fully formed entity.
  • Traction: You have demonstrated market traction (LOIs, purchase orders, validated trials, sales, etc.).
  • Eagerness to learn: You’re looking for a substantial shift in mindset and skill set, and are eager to globalize your startup and 10x your impact.
  • Location: Anywhere!
  • Availability: You’re available to travel to a global location like India for the Activate (three weeks) phase, and the SU campus in Silicon Valley for the Accelerate (three weeks) phase.

If we’ve described you, please apply! Know someone else who’s a good fit? Please spread the word!

Faculty and Speakers

Past speakers have included:

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Dr. Ray Kurzweil

Co-Founder and Chancellor

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Dr. Peter Diamandis

Executive Co-Founder

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Laila Pawlak

Co-Founder & CEO, SingularityU Nordic

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Pascal Finette

Chair, Entrepreneurship

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Monique Giggy

Vice President, SU Ventures

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Robert Ellis

Executive Coach, Futurosity

Ja-Nae Duane

Ja-Nae Duane

Mentor, Singularity GSP Faculty Lead, Co-Author of the Startup Equation

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Darlene Damm

Chair, Global Grand Challenges
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Aaron Frank

Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality

We Do More Than Talk. We Get Traction.

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Don’t Just Take Our Word For It

Dmitriy Tseliakhovich, Co-founder, CEO & CTO, Escape Dynamics

“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

Christianna Taylor, Founder & CEO, Intelligent space

“GSP challenged my assumption about how to build a huge scalable company. Don’t limit yourself.” —Christianna Taylor, Founder & CEO, Intelligent space

Christianna Taylor, Founder & CEO, Intelligent space
Libby Falck, Co-founder & Director of Innovation, IDEAco

“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

Kyle Nel, Co-founder & CEO, Uncommon Partners

“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

Kyle Nel, Co-founder & CEO, Uncommon Partners

Watch Powerful Examples of Impact in Action

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:

ImpactVision

Impact Vision is on a mission is to build a more transparent and secure global food system, using
hyperspectral technology.

Matternet

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.ai

Iris builds AI tools to take researchers from
a problem to a precise reading list in
less than two days.

Deep Blocks

Deep Blocks leverages AI to digitize and automate real estate development, from design calculations and construction to 3D modeling, and more.

Your Journey Begins Here

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.

The application deadline for the Denmark GSP has closed. The next cohort will open soon. Please sign up at the bottom of this page to be notified when applications re-open.

Still have questions? No worries! You can learn more here, consult our handy FAQ, or shoot us an email.

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