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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.

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

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

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

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

Who should attend

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.

Trust the experts

Peter Diamandis

Dr. Peter Diamandis is the Chairman and CEO of the X PRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and launching large incentive prizes to drive radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. Best known for the $10 million Ansari X PRIZE for private spaceflight, the Foundation is now l...

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Ray Kurzweil

Ray Kurzweil is one of the world leading inventors, thinkers, and futurists, with a thirty-year track record of accurate predictions. Called "the restless genius" by The Wall Street Journal and "the ultimate thinking machine" by Forbes magazine, Ray was selected as one of the top entrepreneurs by...

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Darlene Damm

Expertise & Speaking Topics: Introduction to Exponential Technologies and Abundance Moonshot Thinking Solutions to Technological Unemployment Is Technology a Tool for Good or Evil? Darlene also speaks about  and participates on expert panel discussions focusing on how exponential technologi...

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Pascal Finette

Pascal heads up everything Entrepreneurship at Singularity University, including the Startup Program, Global Expansion and the Entrepreneurship Track where he inspires, educates and empowers entrepreneurs tackling the world''s most intractable problems leveraging exponential technologies.  Pasca...

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Aaron Frank

Aaron Frank is a writer and speaker focused on the effects that emerging technologies have on business, society, and culture. As a writer, his articles have appeared online in Vice''s Motherboard, Wired UK and Forbes. As a speaker, Aaron has lectured for audiences and organizations including the...

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Laila Pawlak

Laila Pawlak is a faculty member and moderator at SU as well as the co-founder & CEO of SingularityU Denmark.  As the CEO of SingularityU Denmark Laila heads up a 75.000 square foot innovation hub based in Copenhagen including a variety of educational programs, accelerator programs, the Scan...

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Monique Giggy

Monique Giggy runs Singularity University Ventures (su.org/ventures) and has directly advised over 1,000 startups. She’s also a successful investor, having deployed capital in more than 20 technology startups, and a go-to speaker on all topics related to the startup lifecycle and impact investing...

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Robert Ellis

I work with leaders—from startup entrepreneurs to C-level executives—who have bold visions and who play for high stakes. As an executive coach, I help leaders who want to address performance issues, build skills, or challenge themselves to take their careers or their companies to the next level....

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Ja-Nae Duane

For over 20 years, Ja-Naé Duane focused on one mission: make life better for as many people as possible. With that goal in mind she founded or co-founded five different organizations, including Wild Women Entrepreneurs, The Leaders, the National Artistic Effort, and the Massachusetts Artist Leade...

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