Ready to Change the World? Apply Now for Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program

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I’m putting out the call for brilliant entrepreneurs who want to enroll in Singularity University’s GSP (Global Solutions Program).

The GSP is where you’ll take your existing startup idea, or a new one you create, and build it into a “Ten-to-the-Ninth (10^9+) plus” company — a company that can positively impact the lives of a billion people in ten years.

This post is about who should apply, how to apply, and the over $1.5M in scholarships being provided by Google for entrepreneurs.

The program runs from June 18 to August 28, 2016.

Applications are due: February 22, 2016.

What Is Singularity University?

Eight years ago, Ray Kurzweil and I started Singularity University to search the world for the most brilliant, world-class problem solvers, to bring them together and to give them the resources to create companies that impact billions.

The Global Solutions Program (GSP) is an intensive 24/7 experience at the SU campus in the NASA Research Park (Mountain View, California).

During the 10-week program, 80 entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, and engineers from around the world learn from our expert faculty about infinite computing, AI, robotics, 3D printing, networks/sensors, synthetic biology, entrepreneurship, and more. They then focus on building and developing companies to solve the global grand challenges.

GSP participants form teams to develop unique solutions to GGCs, with the intent to form a company that will positively impact the lives of a billion people in 10 years or less.

Over the course of the summer, participants listen to and interact with top Silicon Valley executive guest speakers, tour facilities like GoogleX, and spend hours getting their hands dirty in our highly-advanced maker workshop.

At the end of the summer, the best of these startups will be asked to join SU Labs where they will receive additional funding and support to take the company to the next level.

Requirements for admission:

  1. You’ve completed your undergraduate education or equivalent.
  2. You're a proven entrepreneur.
  3. You’re interested in the world’s grand challenges.
  4. You’re driven, passionate and ready to change the world.

If this sounds like you, apply here.

If it sounds like someone you know, forward them this post.

What’s the cost?

I am pleased to announce that thanks to a wonderful partnership with Google, all successful applicants will be fully subsidized by Google to participate in the program.

In other words, if accepted into the program, the GSP is free.

How do I apply?

If you feel like you meet the criteria, start by filling out an application.

Applications close February 22nd, 2016.

If you know of a friend or colleague who would be a good fit for this program, please share this post with them and ask that they fill out an application.

Update: Please note that the age range initially described has been removed as the program is open to all ages.

Peter Diamandis

Dr. Peter Diamandis was recently named by Fortune Magazine as one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.

He is the founder and executive chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions.

He is also the co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies.

Diamandis is also the co-founder and vice-chairman of Human Longevity Inc. (HLI), a genomics and cell therapy-based company focused on extending the healthy human lifespan.

In the field of commercial space, Diamandis is co-founder and co-chairman of Planetary Resources, a company designing spacecraft to enable the detection and prospecting of asteroids for fuels and precious materials.He is the also co-founder of Space Adventures and Zero Gravity Corporation.

Diamandis is a New York Times bestselling author of two books: Abundance – The Future Is Better Than You Think and BOLD – How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World.

He earned degrees in Molecular Genetics and Aerospace Engineering from MIT, and holds an M.D. from Harvard Medical School.

His motto is, “The best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”

Discussion — 8 Responses

  • horseshoe7 February 2, 2016 on 9:42 am

    “I’m putting out the call for brilliant entrepreneurs, age 22 to 50, who want to enroll in Singularity University’s GSP (Global Solutions Program).”

    What you’re putting out is age discrimination… this is the kind of garbage expected out of 3rd world countries – not from a supposedly “leading edge” “institute of learning” based in the United States.

  • DGrahame February 2, 2016 on 2:18 pm

    So true horseshoe 7. I wonder what one of my long-term clients would think of the age requirements for this program: he is the very active head of a successful architectural firm in San Francisco, and is over ninety years old….

    • Monica Volodia DGrahame February 10, 2016 on 4:43 am

      I believe that your comments assisted in having Singularity remove the age restrictions as follows………”Update: Please note that the age range initially described has been removed as the program is open to all ages.” Well done for approaching the subject!!

  • PHILLIP V BITTLE SR February 2, 2016 on 7:23 pm

    We don’t need to listen to more of the self-serving, anything for a buck corporate gibberish that seems to have consumed this nation and is a leading cause of the majority of our problems together with those in government seemingly at the behest of their every whim. We cannot count on those that are loudly in denial of the science of the very problems for which they are responsible so far; witness the dire condition of Planet Earth at the moment: for millennia we have been using the air, land and seas as a garbage dump. This situation calls for listening to the best minds available and these are not in the world of commerce, but science. No gentlemen, no amount of profit is going to help us now … we’re going to have to think our way out of this one not just come up with something else to sell.

    • DGrahame PHILLIP V BITTLE SR February 3, 2016 on 1:23 pm

      Google, Microsoft and Apple are largely “systems integrators” i.e. they are actually selling services (leverage and multiplied), and ideas, covered by patents, although patents expressly forbid patenting ideas, just and INDUSTRIAL process of manufacturing.

      The simple fact that were are having this discussion at all is a testament to the fact that the services provided by the aforementioned companies can be used to help achieve just what you are asking for Phillip V Bittle.

      Combine that fact with the dawning realization of many the core part of so-called “private enterprise” in the US is not capitalism at all, but actually taxation-paid-for industrial R and D developing technology for war, the projection of imperial domination, weapons and “security….. i.e. not “capitalism” at all, but actually “fascism”, and the obvious explosive economic growth in so-called “communist” countries in Asia, like China, Thailand, and Vietnam, which has been as a result of huge expenditures there by their governments in infrastructure and R & D there, perhaps it is time to re-evalaute how the government here decides its own spending priorities.

      If there was the will here, the government could fund private development and building of a “green” energy infrastructure, along with improvements in agriculture to stop the use of ammonium fertilizers and pesticides, and generally achieve the goals you state…..

      • DGrahame DGrahame February 3, 2016 on 1:30 pm

        sorry for the typos that last post: the system here doesn’t allow editing, or even deleting the post! I l know that now, but too late for that comment…

  • shnfy February 5, 2016 on 9:50 pm

    There are 3 primary existential problems which humanity currently faces, and all of them are directly related to technology.

    Problem A:
    Humanity is in the process of being globalized, yet there is no functional model for how to actually organize a global society that does not depend on the exploitation and humiliation of billions of people. The solution to this inherent instability in the burgeoning global order has been to decimate the ability of the exploited to resist through advanced economic, political and military technologies. As a result globalization has become little more than a secular imperial ideology.

    Problem B:
    Scientific progress is an altar upon which all of our problems are placed, for blame or for intervention. This practice results in a dogmatic rationalism, where any external points of view are ignored or destroyed. In the absence of criticism, ‘progress’ becomes unbridled technology invented to solve old problems, resulting in new problems, which then require even newer technologies, and repeat. Jenga comes to mind when thinking about the future of this sort of ‘progress’; I’m afraid that Exponential Jenga won’t last for very long.

    Problem C:
    Ambitious individuals and marginal groups have gradually become more and more empowered by scientific advances which has allowed undeveloped, selfish and often unethical experiments to be conducted on humanity and our world at large. As technologies become more advanced the abilities of ever smaller actors to affect the whole world becomes greater, while responsibility for said actions is further anonymized. This will lead to bigger disasters than we can imagine, especially when our so called change-agents ‘mean well’.

    An effective solution to all of these problems would be to find some decentralized way to allow equilibrium to return to the planet, to our societies and to unilateral ambitions.
    Obviously I would not advocate a new technology as that solution. Technological regression is also not the answer, but perhaps there is a way that we can survive the consequences of the problems that advanced technology has caused today without creating new ones.

    Encouraging people to ‘Change the World’ may seem like a nobel effort, but do recall that Hiroshima and Nagasaki were very Nobel efforts as well.

    • zawy shnfy February 10, 2016 on 10:20 am

      Biology itself has an existential problem for 3 more fundamental reasons.
      1) electrical motors are 100 times more cost-effective than muscles.
      2) CPUs are 10,000,000 times more cost-effective than brains.
      3) solar cells are 20x more efficient per land area than photosynthesis.

      Wikipedia says 1,000 to 10,000 times more species are going extinct each year than the background rate.