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Singularity University Redesigns & Relaunches Flagship Program for Entrepreneurs and Their Impact Startups

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New Global Startup Program Inspires Startups to Build Global
Companies at Billion-Scale While Solving World Challenges

Singularity
University
(SU), a global community with a mission to educate,
inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to help
solve humanity's grand challenges, is relaunching its flagship program
to solve the global grand challenges. Formerly known as the Global
Solutions Program, the new Global Startup Program (GSP) helps innovators
and startups positively impact humanity on a global scale. The GSP sits
at the junction of exponential technologies, future thinking, and
impact, where revolutionary ideas become billion-scale solutions from
around the world. The new program has been redesigned to include more
startups and inspire them to launch more moonshot ideas. It is more
hands-on, transformative, globally accessible, scalable, and impactful,
and now available to startups all over the world.

Called "the heart and soul of SU" by SU Co-founder and Chancellor Ray
Kurzweil, inventor, futurist and accurate predictor of technology
breakthroughs, the reinvented GSP will find startups around the world
and help them grow and scale globally, faster. The new program will be
conducted in multiple venues, engage with SingularityU Country Partners'
Innovation Hubs, and show entrepreneurs the power of converging
exponential technologies to solve challenges and impact billions.
SingularityU Nordic, headquartered in Denmark, will be the first to run
a Global Startup Program. To apply for the new spring and fall 2019
cohorts, please visit https://su.org/programs/global-startup-program/.

"If you want to 10x your startup, level up your mindset, validate your
products, and gain access to capital, the new and improved GSP is for
you," said Monique Giggy, VP of SU Ventures. "We are looking for
startups that want to push themselves to come up with unique moonshot
ideas that will each impact a billion people within the next 10 years.
We want to help startups launch new industries and supporting
ecosystems," continued Giggy. "Since its inception 10 years ago,
successful GSP startups Made In Space, Matternet, Getaround, Modern
Meadow, and Basepaws, to name a few, have launched space manufacturing,
commercial drone delivery systems, peer-to-peer car sharing, cultured or
lab-grown clothing, and cat DNA genetic models to eradicate human
disease, respectively."

"By reimagining our GSP, participants now will tap into the startup
ecosystem in hubs like Sao Paulo, Stockholm, Silicon Valley, and others
to leverage leading innovation and thinking," said Rob Nail, SU's CEO
and associate founder. "GSP participants will transform their startups
with newly inspired moonshot ideas, accelerate the time to
product-market fit, find new sources of funding, and connect with an
international community to find potential partners and help catalyze
results. The new GSP is global, scalable, and designed for leveling up
existing startups quickly."

The GSP consists of 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.

  • 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 the
    participant's radical idea.
  • Accelerate - an immersive four-week program at SU's campus in
    Silicon Valley that bridges the path from vision to prototype through
    customer validation, business strategy, go-to-market planning, and
    business plan development supported by mentorship and networking.
  • 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; global meetups; and virtual sessions with
    Ray Kurzweil and Dr. Peter H. Diamandis.

"With an upgraded design, GSP remains the only global program that
exposes you to a completely new way of thinking. Many incubators and
accelerators focus on building a business plan, go-to-market strategy,
and raising capital. GSP encompasses all of those elements, with an
added emphasis on global scalability, leadership, and the convergence of
exponential technologies," Nail said. "It's about developing a new
mindset and set of tools to maximize opportunity from technological
disruption. GSP isn't encouraging startups to come up with ideas for the
next big mobile app or social network. Its focus is on companies that
could change the lives of 1 billion people through clean water, space
exploration, disaster relief, healthcare initiatives, and more."

Since its inception, GSP has welcomed 693 participants, had an impact in
145 countries, and created 1,167 new impact innovations. Eighty-eight
percent of the GSP startups that become portfolio companies continue to
raise funds following their year with SU.

"GSP was the most beneficial educational experience of my life," said
Libby Falck, co-founder and director of innovation for IDEAco and GSP
2012 participant. "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
funding that have enabled my projects to flourish as never would have
been possible before."

The cost to participate in GSP is $30,000 USD (sponsorship available
based on eligibility) and covers program costs for a full year,
including accommodations and meals during the Activate and Accelerate
stages (outlined above), digital courses, mentoring, and a year-long
digital SU Connect membership.

In addition to lifetime inclusion in the SU global community, GSP
participants will gain access to SU's network of leaders and
practitioners in disruptive technologies, corporate innovation,
entrepreneurship, and investor relations.

ABOUT SINGULARITY UNIVERSITY

Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation
community using exponential technologies to tackle the world's biggest
challenges and build a better future for all. SU's collaborative
platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to
learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating
technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital
biology. A certified benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research
Park in Silicon Valley, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators
Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading
organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more,
visit SU.org,
join us on Facebook,
follow us on Twitter @SingularityU,
and download the SU
App
.

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