Today Singularity University (SU) has announced its first Exponential Regional Partnership (ERP) with The Netherlands, and the establishment of SingularityU The Netherlands. Key to the program will be the development of a physical Innovation Hub which will provide education and innovation programs, as well as community events, to enable Dutch individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments to understand cutting‐edge technologies, and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people.

“We are honored and excited to start SingularityU in the Netherlands. This partnership marks the first physical location outside NASA’s Research Park. Our goal is to build upon the strengths of our country by integrating the most important exponential technologies to help solve some of the global grand challenges like water, food and health”, says Yuri van Geest, founding member of SingularityU The Netherlands.

In addition to the opening of the Innovation Hub on June 2, the local team is also rolling out a series of Singularity University programs and initiatives, including a SingularityU Summit, which will take place September 12 – 13 in Amsterdam. SingularityU Summits are two‐day conferences held across the globe to help local leaders understand how exponential technologies can be used to create positive change and economic growth in their region. Summits become an annual point of connection and inspiration for the local community, a catalyst to accelerate a local culture of innovation, and an opportunity to highlight breakthrough technologies, startups and ideas.

Rob van Gijzel (Mayor of Eindhoven) and Rob Nail (CEO Singularity University) signing the contract.

“It’s a truly exciting day for us here at Singularity University to launch our first Exponential Regional Partnership with The Netherlands, a country known for its entrepreneurial spirit,” said Rob Nail, CEO and associate founder of Singularity University. “We believe strongly that in order to positively impact the lives of billions, we need to mobilize a global community of individuals committed to teaching others the power of exponential technologies. This partnership will do just that”.

SU has identified eleven global grand challenges facing the world today: learning, energy, environment, food, health, prosperity, security, water, space, disaster resilience and governance. The ERP program will train local communities, government, corporations and entrepreneurs on exponential thinking, providing the tools, knowledge and skills to discover technology‐based solutions to these challenges. The founding team of SingularityU The Netherlands consists of SU alumni Yuri van Geest, Jim Stolze and Diederick Croese.