Singularity University is a benefit corporation that provides educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies, and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people.
We are educators…
who draw on our Silicon Valley location to offer cutting edge programs:
The Graduate Studies Program (GSP) – convenes future leaders, entrepreneurs, and technologists for 10 weeks to work on team-based technology solutions to widespread global challenges.
The Executive Program (EP) – dives into the tools that corporate specialists and entrepreneurs need to ride the wave of accelerating change.
Exponential Conferences – explore how exponentially accelerating technologies are impacting individual verticals, such as medicine, finance and manufacturing.
We also offer custom programs tailored to your needs.
We focus on global impact
We encourage local innovation through technology with our global impact competitions. Winners receive sponsorships to attend our Graduate Studies Program and carry home the tools for disruption.
We Inspire & Inform
We provide thoughtful coverage of singularity-related news through our sister site Singularity Hub – sharing our assessments of technological or scientific progress with our extended community of readers.
Beyond the classroom, we are agents of change
Since our inception in 2008, SU has empowered individuals from more than 85 countries to apply exponentially growing technologies, such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence and neuroscience, to address humanity’s grand challenges: education, energy, environment, food, health, poverty, security, space and water. In just six years, our alumni, partners and members have generated more than 100 startups, and numerous patents and ideas
to help advance this mission.
Coming together, we create new futures.
In our SU Labs incubator, we launch companies that will impact the world of tomorrow. Our portfolio companies gain preferred access to our network of connections – necessary to build and launch sustainable organizations.
Singularity University (abbreviated SU) is a Silicon Valley think tank that offers educational programs and a business incubator. According to its website, it focuses on scientific progress and "exponential" technologies. It was founded in 2008 by Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil at the NASA Research Park in California, United States.
Instruction is offered in eleven areas. Singularity University was created in 2009 based on Ray Kurzweil's theory of "technological singularity." Kurzweil believes that emerging technologies like nanotechnology and biotechnology will massively increase human intelligence over the next two decades, and fundamentally reshape the economy and society. In 2012, Singularity University the non-profit began the process for conversion to a benefit corporation, to include non-profit as well as for-profit aspects. In 2013, the new for-profit corporation incorporated as "Singularity Education Group" and acquired the descriptive "Singularity University" as its trade name.
In 2015, Singularity University and Yunus Social Business (YSB) announced a partnership at the World Economic Forum to use "accelerating technologies" and social entrepreneurship for global development in developing areas of the world where YSB is active.
Administration and funding
Singularity University is overseen by a Board of Trustees. Rob Nail, one of the organization's Associate Founders, was named CEO of Singularity University in October, 2011. Director of "Global Grand Challenges" in 2013 is Nicholas Haan.
Corporate founding partners and sponsors include Google,Nokia,Autodesk,IDEO,LinkedIn,ePlanet Capital, the X Prize Foundation, the Kauffman Foundation and Genentech.
Global Solutions Program
Students at Singularity University's "Global Solutions Program" (GSP, formerly the "Graduate Studies Program") learn about new technologies, and work together over the summer to start companies. In 2012, the Global Solutions Program class had 80 students, with an average age of 30. In 2015, Google agreed to provide $1.5 million annually for two years to make the program free to participants. The 80 students are selected from over 3,000 applicants each year. A substantial portion of the GSP class comes from the winners of SU's sponsored "Global Impact Competitions".
The Executive Program is targeted to corporate leaders, and focuses on how rapid changes in technology will impact businesses.
Innovation Partnership Program
In 2013, Singularity University announced a three-year partnership with Deloitte and XPRIZE called the "Innovation Partnership Program" (IPP). The program consists of a multi-year series of events where Fortune 500 executives partner with startups. The program consists of an array of workshops on crowdsourcing, the advancement of "exponential" technologies, and how to innovate through incentivized competitions. Executives from 30 large companies, including Google, Shell, Qualcomm, The Hershey Company and Sprint, met for the first four-day executive summit.
Exponential Regional Partnership
Singularity University has an "Exponential Regional Partnership" with SingularityU The Netherlands. This partnership program serves to help prepare European society and European companies for exponential technologies and give them the tools to use these technologies to meet Global Grand Challenges. The Netherlands was chosen as a starting point for international expansion because of the social, creative and innovative environment with rapid adoption rates for new technologies. Water, food, healthcare and mobility, traditional strengths of the Dutch economy, are the main focal points.
Global Impact Competition
In 2016, SingularityU The Netherlands organized a Global Impact Competition to find the most innovative Dutch entrepreneurs with ideas that leverage exponential technologies to enhance the lives of refugees.  Danny Wagemans, a 21-year-old nanophysics student, won the first prize to participate in the 10-week Global Solutions Program. He demonstrated how clean water and energy can be derived from urine by combining a microbial fuel cell and a graphene filter in a water bottle.
An Innovation Hub that allows people to experience exponential technologies has been started in Eindhoven as part of the Exponential Regional Partnership. This Innovation Hub was officially opened in Eindhoven by Queen Máxima of the Netherlands, in the presence of numerous representatives of the corporate community, government and innovators. Eindhoven was chosen for this hub as it is the heart of the Brainport region, one of Europe's most important tech clusters.
Exponential Conference Series
Singularity University hosts annual conferences focused on "exponentially accelerating technologies", and their impact on fields such as finance, medicine and manufacturing. The conferences are produced with Deloitte, as well as CNBC for the "Exponential Finance" conference.
Singularity Hub is a science and tech media website published by Singularity University. Singularity Hub was founded in 2008  with the mission of "providing news coverage of sci/tech breakthroughs that are rapidly changing human abilities, health, and society". It was acquired by Singularity University in 2012, to make content produced by Singularity University more accessible.
The company "Made In Space", which has developed a 3D printer adapted to the constraints of space travel, was founded at Singularity University. The first prototype of Made in Space, the "Zero-G Printer", was developed with NASA and sent into space in September, 2014.
In 2011, a Singularity University group launched Matternet, a startup that aims to harness drone technology to ship goods in developing countries that lack highway infrastructure. Other startups from SU are the peer-to-peer car-sharing service Getaround, and BioMine, which uses mining technologies to extract value from electronic waste.
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An exploratory meeting was held in November 2007, followed in September 2008 by a founding meeting hosted by NASA Ames.
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