announcement | Special invitation to apply to Singularity University, featuring full tuition grant

letter from Ray Kurzweil + Peter Diamandis
February 2, 2016


A special invitation from the founders of Singularity University.

Dear readers,

We’re putting out the call for brilliant entrepreneurs, age 21 and older, who want to enroll in Singularity University’s Global Solutions Program — called GSP.

The GSP is where you’ll take your existing start-up idea, or a new one you create, and build it into a Ten to the Ninth plus company that can positively impact the lives of a billion people in 10 years.

This invitation is about how to apply — and over $1.5 million in scholarships being provided by Google for entrepreneurs.The program runs from June 18, 2016 to August 28, 2016. Applications are due February 22, 2016.

about | Singularity University

What is Singularity University? 8 years ago, we started Singularity University to search the world for the most brilliant, world class problem solvers — to bring them together, giving them the resources to create companies that impact billions of people.

The Global Solutions Program is an intensive 24 • 7 experience at the Singularity University campus located at the NASA* Ames Research Center in Mountain View, California, United States.

During the 10 week program, 80 entrepreneurs, inventors, scientists, and engineers from around the world learn from our expert faculty about: infinite computing, artificial intelligence, robotics, 3D printing, networks, sensors, synthetic biology, entrepreneurship — and focus on developing companies to solve Global Grand Challenges.

Global Solutions Program participants form teams to develop unique solutions to Global Grand Challenges, to create a company that positively impacts one 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 Google X, and spend hours in our highly advanced hands-on maker workshop.

At the end of the summer, the best of these start-ups will be asked to join Singularity University Labs — where they will receive additional funding and support to take the company to the next level.


requirements for admission:

  • You have completed your undergraduate education or equivalent
  • You are a proven entrepreneur
  • You are interested in the world’s grand challenges
  • You are driven, passionate and ready to change the world

If this sounds like you or someone you know | please apply here
Learn about the Global Solutions Program | brochure here

note | applications close February 22, 2016


about | special scholarships for all applicants

What is the cost? We are pleased to announce, thanks to a wonderful partnership with Google, all successful applicants will be fully subsidized by Google to participate in the program. If accepted into the program, the Global Solutions Program is free.

If you feel like you meet the criteria, please start by filling out an application. If you have a friend or colleague who would be a good fit for the program, please share this invitation with them.

Abundantly yours,
Peter DiamandisRay Kurzweil


related reading:
Singularity University | main
Singularity University | Global Solutions Program
Singularity University | Labs
Singularity University | founders

Singularity University | YouTube channel

Singularity University | New funding opens access to Global Solutions Program, Google supports SU as title sponsor
Singularity University | Google support of Singularity University for increased global access, diversity in tech



Singularity University | Global Grand Challenges

  1. food | Transforming a sector that must supply for the needs of our growing population while also promoting healthy nutrition and sustainable resource management practices.
  2. education | Personalized lifelong learning for all, from early childhood to remedial and continuing education, empowered by connectivity and shrinking barriers of language or location.
  3. water | Ensuring safe, reliable water and access to sanitation for all people. Developing efficient use of existing water resources. Developing new potable water resources.
  4. security | Designing reliable and predictable physical, financial, social, governmental and informational networks. Protecting people and infrastructure from immediate dangers.
  5. global health | Ensuring basic health care access, accelerating medical breakthroughs and cures. Shifting towards preventative care to ensure physical and emotional wellbeing for people around the world.
  6. energy | Reliable, clean energy for diverse needs, from families to factories, and from fields to skyscrapers. Creating an essential foundation for health, education, transportation and business.
  7. environment | Developing solutions for sustainable environments and vibrant earth systems, from remediation to preservation at local to global scales.
  8. poverty | Eradicating extreme poverty and ensuring basic needs and socio-economic opportunities for all human beings.
  9. space | Creating the pathway towards humanity’s destiny as a multi-planetary species. Developing tech and resources for space exploration to address global needs and threats.

related reading:
Wikipedia | Grand Challenges

National Academy of Engineering | Grand Challenges for Engineering: main
National Academy of Engineering | Grand Challenges for Engineering: challenges list
National Academy of Engineering | Grand Challenges for Engineering: report
National Academy of Engineering | Grand Challenges for Engineering: committee — members list
National Academy of Engineering | Grand Challenges for Engineering: committee — Ray Kurzweil


Singularity University was founded in 2009 by Ray Kurzweil, chancellor, and Peter Diamandis, MD, chairman.

related reading:
Singularity University | Ray Kurzweil
Singularity University | Peter Diamandis, MD


* NASA is the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration