Global Impact Challenges (GICs) are annual incentive competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These challenges act as a platform to identify outstanding entrepreneurs, technologists and scientists with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. The winner of each challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend our transformational Global Solutions Program.

Do ideas have to be at a certain stage to be submitted?

No, ideas do not have to be at a certain stage to be submitted.

Who is the owner of the intellectual property resulting from a GIC?

Intellectual property resulting from a GIC competition belongs to the applicant(s).

What is the GIC review process?

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 at a pitch event.

Is there an obligation for the GIC winner to work on their winning project during the GSP?

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.

Who pays for the travel expenses for the winner to come to SU?

The winner is responsible for their own travel expenses to/from SU.

What happens if a GIC winner cannot attend GSP for any reason?

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.

Still have questions?

Get in touch with the East Africa GIC organizers by emailing them at, or contact the Global Impact Challenges team at SU at