The Global Solutions Program (GSP) is a 9-week immersive, residential experience at our campus at NASA Research Park in Mountain View, CA. GSP brings together dreamers and inspired solvers with unique skill sets, experiences, and passions, and empowers them to develop moonshot innovations addressing humanity’s grand challenges by leveraging exponential technology and entrepreneurial tools.
Specifically, GSP exists to foster the development of viable startups (for-profit or not-for-profit) that will positively impact the lives of a billion people in 10 years or less. If you attend GSP, you’ll have a remarkable opportunity to learn about exponential technologies and their broader societal implications; grow into global innovators and thought leaders; and build a strong, diverse community of friends for life who share your commitment to solving the world’s biggest problems.
New for 2017
This year, the GSP has two big changes: (1) climate change is the overarching theme, and (2) we have a new collaboration with XPRIZE.
We selected the climate change theme because it has consequences for every industry, geographic region, and way of life. Even if you don’t consider yourself a climate change authority or innovator, your skill set can probably help mitigate the effects of climate change. If you’re already passionate about impact or working in the impact space, you can create a moonshot innovation to address this urgent global problem.
We will not require participants to innovate in the climate change space, and welcome people from all disciplines to apply, but this theme will inform the program curriculum. We are looking for applicants from ANY technology or science discipline because we know a challenge as huge as climate change can only be solved within the convergence of multiple disciplines and exponential technologies.
Our collaboration with XPRIZE will give you an extraordinary opportunity to tap into the wisdom and expertise of the best minds working in this field today and their established network of funders.
How does GSP uniquely prepare me to build a moonshot startup?
The GSP is a highly dynamic and action-oriented experience that integrates learning, skill-building, and networking in the following core areas:
What happens after GSP?
GSP and Global Impact Challenges (the winners of which attend GSP) are entry points to a longer entrepreneurial journey that founders and teams can take with SU. Following GSP, you and your fellow participants will join the SU community of alumni and our growing global innovation ecosystem. Selected teams will also have an opportunity to enter our incubator program. An 8-week residential program, our incubator transforms early-stage innovations with the greatest potential for success into startups with minimum viable products. Once these startups gain traction, teams may apply to our startup accelerator program, which aims to help founders network, expand, and accelerate their ventures to scale.
If you’re applying to GSP, you have an amazing opportunity to alter the trajectory of your life and career as a founder of a startup. Therefore, you should be prepared for a long-term undertaking that starts with launching a startup around your team project and continues wherever the journey may lead post-GSP.
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