Change the world!

the challenge

Are you motivated by solving humanity’s biggest challenges? Participate the Global Impact Competition Finland to win a spot at Singularity University's GSP. We are looking for ideas to positively impact the health and wellbeing of millions of people.

Take On The Challenge


The world is transforming at an accelerating pace. Technological development has brought tremendous improvements in both health and wellbeing for billions of people. However, there are still plenty of challenges. Millions still suffer and die from preventable diseases and lack access to basic health care services. Mental health problems and lifestyle diseases have become more common especially in the developed world, and the entire world remains at risk of pandemics.


For this competition, we are looking for ideas that have a potential to positively impact the health and wellbeing of millions of people. We welcome ideas focusing on e.g. enabling basic health care access, supporting healthy lifestyles and nutrition, accelerating medical breakthroughs and promoting preventative care to ensure physical and emotional wellbeing for the young, working-age population and seniors around the world. Health and wellbeing don't only include people but extend to the wellbeing of our planet. Thus, we look for ideas that don’t just foster health and wellbeing, but are also environmentally sustainable.


The top five applicants will be invited to a five-day bootcamp on exponential technologies based on the Singularity University curriculum. The bootcamp takes place in Copenhagen, Denmark on 29 March - 2 April, 2016. Travel and participation costs are fully covered.

The top five applicants will pitch their project ideas at the GIC Final event to a jury consisting of representatives of the different partners and sponsors on April 7.

The winner secures a place at the 10-week Global Solutions Program at Singularity University in the summer of 2016. The value of the prize is $35,000. But most importantly, the winner gets the tools, knowledge and contacts to make their vision become reality.


timeline & important dates

organizing team

Maria Ritola
Maria Ritola

Entrepreneur, GIC Organizer

Henrietta Kekäläinen
Henrietta Kekäläinen

Entrepreneur, Singularity University alumna 2013

Anni Laurila
Anni Laurila

Winner of GIC Finland 2015

the prize

Attend The Global Solutions Program

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Join technologists, scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, physicians, and others on a path to discover technology-based solutions to improve the lives of billions. Learn More.

sponsored by:

  • Fazer
  • KONE
  • Samsung
  • Sitra
  • Kaute Foundation
  • Technology Industries of Finland

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  • Submit your CV and project idea >>>HERE<<<. The final deadline for submissions is on March 2, 2016.
  • Participate a five-day bootcamp to hone your pitch, to learn about exponential technologies and to meet a bunch of great people in Copenhagen, Denmark on 27 March - 2 April, 2016.
  • Five finalists will be invited to present their projects at the GIC Finale Event. Jury composed by representatives of the competition partners will choose the winner. The final event takes place on April 7, 2016 (venue TBD).


  • You must be of Finnish nationality, or be able to prove strong ties to Finland (permanent resident, family, etc.).
  • You must be over 21 years of age and fully proficient in English.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • You must be able to partake in the entire Global Solutions Program starting on June 18, 2016 at Singularity University in Mountain View, California.
  • Applicants selected as finalists must be available to participate in a five-day bootcamp 27 March - 2 April, 2016.
  • Applicants selected as finalists, must be available to present their projects at the GIC Finale Event April 7, 2016.


  • Degree of solution's relevance to the theme of the competition
  • Feasibility, Viability and Coherence of implementing the idea
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative potential of the idea, with a focus on technological novelty
  • Applicant’s leadership experience, profile, achievements, and motivation to solve Global Grand Challenges


  • CV/Resume
  • Summary of accomplishments
  • An abstract of the project idea
  • A video URL of the project idea


Global Impact Competitions are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These competitions act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and engineers with the most innovative ideas for positively impacting millions of lives locally and globally within the next 3-5 years. The winner of each competition is invited to attend the Global Solutions Program (GSP) free of charge.

  • Q. Who should apply to a GIC? A. Singularity University seeks accomplished innovators with ideas that will positively impact millions of people. Applicants should be fluent in English and have proven entrepreneurial experience, demonstrated global leadership and committed humanitarian passion.
  • Q. Do ideas have to be at a certain stage to be submitted? A. No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted. Judging criteria is based on the grandness of the idea (does it solve a problem with huge potential positive impact on millions of people) with the feasibility of being implemented (does it leverage exponential technology).
  • Q. Who is the owner of the intellectual property resulting from a GIC? A. Intellectual property resulting from a GIC competition belongs to the applicant(s).
  • Q. What is the GIC review process? A. The selection process is two to three phases depending on the competition. The first phase involves a review of all applications to determine 5-10 finalists, and the second phase involves final judging to select the winner — this is usually done remotely, over Skype.
  • Q. Is there an obligation for the GIC winner to work on their winning project during the GSP? A. No, there’s no such obligation from either SU or the GIC Sponsor. The GIC winner can elect to recruit fellow GSP classmates to work on their winning project or create an entirely new project during the summer.
  • Q. Who pays for the travel expenses for the winner to come to SU? A. The winner is responsible for their own travel expenses to/from SU.
  • Q. What happens if a GIC winner cannot attend GSP for any reason? A. In all cases where a winner cannot attend GSP, the winner forfeits their GSP seat to the GIC first runner-up and would have to then re-apply for admission in a future year
  • For more information, see the Global Solutions Program FAQs.