Innovators have a choice that greets them at the start of every day: They can choose to take an idea and run with it as far and fast as they can, or they can simply let it remain an idea forever. We choose to run, at SU Ventures, and we can help support you if you make that same choice.
In fact, moonshot companies need a lot of support to harness an idea and turn it into something tangible. Every day brings a new challenge, a new pain point, and a new chance to abandon it all for something safer. That’s where our incubator comes in. It's the safety net that will give your idea a fighting chance to thrive. From leadership training for founders, to structure and foundation for companies, to a powerful ecosystem for innovation and execution, our incubator program nurtures and develops the startups that dare to turn a moonshot idea into a minimum viable product and ultimately a sustainable startup or nonprofit.
"We believe Singularity University has one of the few well-positioned incubators with solid management to execute the operations and help start-up companies reach their goals."
CEO, Stanford Ventures, LLC
How We Help
We turn thinking into doing
An intensive 10-week program, our incubator is designed to transform moonshot ideas into viable startups. Each participant is expected to bring diverse skills, including deep domain expertise and proven business acumen.
The SU Incubator provides the platform, network, structure, and guidance to empower these leaders to validate their ideas, build a team, experiment and prototype their MVP, and help them deliver exponential impact. The teams are challenged and held accountable for practical milestones and deliverables, with the majority of their time being spent leveraging Singularity University’s ecosystem to build their high-impact startups. The program culminates with a Demo Faire showcasing the startups and their innovative impact solutions.
For example, companies in our previous Incubator cohorts worked on:
- Using AR and VR to help train teachers in student-centered learning techniques
- Using CRISPR to engineer viruses for good, combatting antibiotic resistance
- Creating infrastructure and blockchain tools for the creation of local currencies to promote equity and strengthen communities
- Building an AI platform to help smallholder farmers know more about their soil and increase their crop yields.
What's in it for me?
Mind-expanding content and workshops covering topics like problem and solution validation, future forecasting, rapid prototyping, legal structures, business fundamentals, sales, funding, and pitching. And more!
- Tailored sessions designed to help you integrate what you’ve learned
- Unparalleled access to our mentor and expert network and the chance to engage with key experts curated in advance based on your specific needs
- Co-working space and lodging at SU HQ - located at NASA Research Park in Moffett Field
- Catered lunches during programming and weekly Family Dinners with engaging guest speakers from the SU network
- Opportunities for long-term support via applying to SU Ventures to get your future startup fully integrated into our network
The Incubator Journey
Key Dates and Logistics
When, where, and how?
Spring Incubator: April 2 - May 18, 2018, at SU HQ in Silicon Valley. The final 3 weeks, May 21 - June 3, are completed at home so you can get started!
Fall Incubator: September 3 - October 19, 2018, at SU HQ in Silicon Valley. The final 3 weeks, October 22 - November 9, are completed at home so you can get started!
Applications for the Spring Incubator closed February 16, 2018. Dates for the Fall Incubator will be added here later in the year.
The program fee includes your lodging and most lunches, all program sessions and activities with your fellow participants and luminary faculty, and our proven tools and materials.
Lodging: Lodging will be provided for all program participants at SU HQ, located at NASA Research Park in Moffett Field for 7 weeks of the program. The final 3 weeks are remote so you can get to work in your target market!
Food: Lunch will be served every day there is programming and snacks will be provided throughout, but participants will be responsible for dinner other than a weekly “Family Dinner” provided by SU.
Note to international individuals and startups:
You are not required to be a US citizen or US-based company in order to participate in the SU Incubator program.
Participation Criteria and Next Steps
Get on our radar
We’re in search of the individuals and idea-stage startups ready and willing to rise to the opportunity and level-up their idea. SU Ventures is a global community of startups using exponential technologies to solve the world’s most difficult problems, and we specialize in providing entrepreneurs the support they need to build and lead sustainable companies in every one of our programs. For the Incubator program, come with a moonshot idea and leave with an expanded mindset, powerful network, and the tools and roadmap necessary to turn your vision into reality.
If you are a founder of an idea-stage startup or an individual with a moonshot idea, click below to apply. You can also win a seat through the Global Impact Challenge (GIC) program.Apply now
We’re always on the lookout for great mentors to work with our startups. If you’d like to work with one of these great companies, join our mentor program and share your expertise.