The purpose of the SingularityU Ukraine Global Impact Challenge is to foster moonshot innovations and startups that positively impact the lives of people living in Ukraine, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
This year, for the first time, we are ideally looking for applicants who have the skills and passion to develop a moonshot idea and launch a startup company that addresses climate change, although we will also accept outstanding applicants who have other areas of expertise or choose to innovate in other fields.
Climate change is a broad focus area that includes many areas ripe for innovation. For example, if you're developing sustainable food sources or alternative energy sources, developing governance models for policy, or focused on issues such as biodiversity or water access, you already fall within the climate change theme and should definitely apply.
Again, we welcome entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, and other experts from all disciplines to apply, and we will not require participants to only innovate in the climate change space.
What moonshot innovation would you develop to solve a global grand challenge (environment, energy, water, food, health, disaster resilience, governance, learning, space, security, prosperity) using exponential technology that would impact the lives of a billion people in the next 10 years?
The winner of this challenge will secure a full sponsorship to attend the prestigious Global Solutions Program at Singularity University. The program runs from June 17 to August 17, 2017.
Are you ready to change the world?
Who Should Apply
You are an ideal candidate if:
SingularityU Kyiv Chapter will support all the candidates during the application process.
|February, 1||Applications Open|
|March, 1||Applications Close|
|March, 1 – March, 15||Mentorship program for semifinalists|
|First week of April||Pitch Event & Winners Announced|
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Global Impact Challenges are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These competitions act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. The winner of each competition is invited to attend the Global Solutions Program (GSP) free of charge.
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Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual incentive competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These challenges act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, technologists and scientists with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend our transformational Global Solutions Program.
Q. Do ideas have to be at a certain stage to be submitted?
A. No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted.
Q. Who is the owner of the intellectual property resulting from a GIC?
A. Intellectual property resulting from a GIC competition belongs to the applicant(s).
Q. What is the GIC review process?
A. The selection process is two to three phases depending on the competition. The first phase involves a review of all applications to determine 5-10 finalists, and the second phase involves final judging to select the winner at a pitch event.
Q. Is there an obligation for the GIC winner to work on their winning project during the GSP?
A. No, there’s no such obligation from either SU or the GIC Sponsor. The GIC winner can elect to recruit fellow GSP classmates to work on their winning project or create an entirely new project during the summer.
Q. Who pays for the travel expenses for the winner to come to SU?
A. The travel expenses for the winner are covered by the organizers.
Q. What happens if a GIC winner cannot attend GSP for any reason?
A. In all cases where a winner cannot attend GSP, the winner forfeits their GSP seat to the GIC first runner-up and would have to then re-apply for admission in a future year.
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