SkinSoul and Mov.e were the great winners during an afternoon where 8 moonshot ideas were presented, all of them capable of impacting the lives of people in Portugal, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years.
More than 120 people gathered at Cascais to witness some of the most innovative solutions in the fields of Environment, Learning, Energy, Health, Food and Governance in Portugal.
Out of 77 applications, 8 projects where selected to pitch their ideas in the first edition of the SU Global Impact Challenge in Portugal, a competition that in the last 7 years counted with 119 editions around the world.
The quality of the ideas forced the jury to select not one but two winners! SkinSoul’s female founder promises to be a reliable solution to medical doctors in the early detection of skin cancer while team Mov.e will leverage the blockchain technology to bring transparency and efficiency into the future of electricity consumption.
SkinSoul and Mov.e will join the SU Ventures Incubator Program on April 2 at the SU headquarters located at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley. During 10 weeks, the founders will be immersed in a powerful ecosystem for innovation and execution to turn their ideas into a minimum viable product and ultimately a sustainable startup capable of impacting the lives of a billion people in 10 years.
Beta-i, Nova School of Business and Economics, Cascais Municipality, the actors behind the scenes of the first SingularityU Portugal GIC are very proud of the end result and are committed to keep pushing innovation in Portugal in the long run and because of that, are already preparing the next step: The SingularityU Portugal Summit Cascais, a 2-day exponential conferences with over 20 speakers that will cover how exponential technologies are impacting our world and our future, will take place on October 8 & 9 at the NovaSBE Campus in Carcavelos.
On this first year of SingularityU Portugal Global Impact Challenge (GIC), we had 77 applications, just over the world country average for the first GIC program, which was great for Portugal, a country of only 10 million people.
The quality of the applications was impressive and both Singularity University and all of the Organizers (Beta-i, Nova SBE and Câmara Municipal de Cascais) are very happy with the results. The applications came from all parts of the world but mainly from Portugal (with Lisbon and Porto in the lead) since one of the applications criteria was either to be portuguese or resident in Portugal.
This challenge was all about finding a moonshot idea that would be able to impact the lives of people living in Portugal, with an ability to scale and impact a billion people worldwide in 10 years. It could be related to any global grand challenge, but we were particularly interested in ideas about the environment, learning and governance, since this are currently relevant concerns for the country.
The applications closed on February 6th and, after a careful evaluation process, we are now delightful to announce our 8 finalists! We believe that each of this projects have the ability to impact Portugal and the world in a positive and relevant way on the following years.
Platform that allows any teacher to implement project based learning in a easy way.
Team: André Borges, João Borges, Miguel Queimado, Pedro Queiró and André Gonçalves
Satellite imagery to know where to send teams to clean fire surface fuel and trees, which in term prevents wildfire disasters and mitigates damage.
Team: Ekaterina Stambolieva, Isabella Simão and Miguel Almeida
Mobile platform to connect politicians/citizens, a tool for civic engagement and participatory budgeting.
Team: Bernardo Gonçalves, Ângela Coelho and David Seco
First step to the digital world in a safe and healthy way. It’s a contents platform accessible by a hardware (our kids’ first safe device).
Team: Luís Quintella and Eduardo Pinheiro
AI app that aims to reduce the time to the skin cancer diagnose.
Team: Sofia Couto da Rocha and Pedro Mendes Basto
Food delivery and advice service connecting food producers, specialists, and consumers to create a more sustainable and convenient way to shop and eat.
Team: Francisco Fonseca, João Cavaco, Jay Wong, Bernardo Macedo, Francisco Loureiro and Carlota Léchaud
Electricity Contract digital transformation to access anytime, anywhere, with security and privacy at competitive cost, due to blockchain technology.
Team: Pedro Silva, Pedro Garcia and José Toscano
Platform that manages transactions between Donors & Social Projects in a safe, decentralised and open environment to monitor real time funding needs.
Team: Joel Curado, Anna Stavniichuk, Daisy Donald, David Luengo, Diego Garay and Ivan Cordon
Our 8 finalists are going to present their 5 minute Pitch on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Centro Cultural de Cascais from 14:30 – 19:00.
By the end of the day the winner will be announced and awarded with a seat at the SU Ventures Incubator Program at the Singularity headquarters NASA Research Park in California: 10-week program that fosters the development of viable start-ups (for profit or not-for profit).
We invite you all to join us and ear in first hand the moonshot ideas that can have a great impact in Portugal and the world.
To join us please register here.