Global Impact Challenge 2017: Climate Change

6 February 2017

The SingularityU The Netherlands Global Impact Challenge (GIC) aims at identifying the brightest minds of the Netherlands with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. the winner receives a full sponsorship to attend the 9-week transformational Global Solutions Program at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.


Global Grand Challenges

SU has identified 12 global grand challenges facing the world today: Energy, Environment, Food, Shelter, Space, Water, Disaster Resilience, Governance, Health, Learning, Prosperity and Security. The Global Impact Challenges, now held in more than 20 countries, focus on solving these challenges with solutions that can potentially impact millions of people positively in the next 3-5 years.



One of our biggest challenges: Climate Change

  • galvanizing theme that touches all of humanity.
  • Critically urgent – in 2016 we broke records and are on a steady increase for both CO2 & methane emissions and global temperature rise.
  • Truly a global challenge with far-reaching and devastating consequences.
  • Ripe for technological innovation with bountiful possibilities for moonshot innovations/startups.


The Prize

The winner will join the Global Solutions Program (GSP), a 9-week educational program held each year from June through August at the Singularity University campus at the NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley.

Last year, Danny Wagemans – a 21-year old nanophysics student from Radboud University Nijmegen – won the competition. He demonstrated how clean water and energy can be derived from urine by combining a microbial fuel cell (bacteria) and a graphene filter in a water bottle. “Singularity University’s GSP is a time to try, to follow your passion and embark on a lifelong journey of innovating for impact and sharing that with others. Winning the GIC allowed me to expand my mind and resulted in me thinking in ways that I didn’t even phantom to exist before!


Who can join?

Any 21+ years old resident of the Netherlands with the Dutch nationality, with: 1) an excellent academic track record and performance, 2) an entrepreneurial track record, 3) a unique and viable solution 4) and is prepared to participate in the entire GSP17 program (17 Jun – 17 Aug, 2017).


Apply or help spread the word

The challenge will run from 6 February 2017 – 26 March 2017 (23:00 CET). Visit for all details and how to apply. In case of questions you can contact us directly at

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