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Singularity University Acquires Uncommon Partners to Build Innovation Lab and Design Exponential Futures for Clients and Partners

Singularity University Acquires Uncommon Partners to Build Innovation Lab and Design Exponential Futures for Clients and PartnersSingularity University Acquires Uncommon Partners to Build Innovation Lab and Design Exponential Futures for Clients and Partners

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. – March 13, 2019 –Singularity University (SU), a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to help solve humanity’s grand challenges, has acquired the consulting and training firm Uncommon Partners (UP) to expand its capabilities for clients and partners.

Co-founded in 2018 by SU faculty member Kyle Nel and Amanda Manna, Uncommon Partners brings expertise in corporate innovation and specialized capabilities for strategy, research and emerging technology development that enhance SU’s product offerings. UP also trains leaders to apply lessons from behavioral science to the human challenges of transformation, using tools like narrative, neuroscience, and experimental design. These behavioral transformation tools will be integrated into SU’s portfolio of enterprise solutions, equipping organizations with new advanced tools for driving business transformation.“We are thrilled to add Uncommon Partners into the SU ecosystem. Kyle and Amanda really understand the power of the SU global community and how equipping leaders for success can create a better and more equitable future for all,” said SU CEO and Associate Founder Rob Nail.

“This addition to our portfolio strengthens our ability to empower leaders with the resources needed to strategically advance their organizations using exponential technologies.” Nel was the founder and former Executive Director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, and Manna served as former Head of Narrative-Driven Innovation for Lowe’s. Together, Nel and Manna have a successful track record of implementing corporate innovation programs, and in 2018 Fast Company named Lowe’s the Most Innovative Company in the augmented and virtual reality category. Moreover, Lowe’s Innovation Labs launched several projects in partnership with SU Portfolio Companies, including Fellow Robots, Made In Space, and Authentise.“We have always believed in partnerships based upon shared goals and a bold vision, which is why we are joining Singularity University,” Nel said. “Now we will work alongside the SU global community to push further and faster toward our vision for a better future, making a true impact on businesses and individuals around the world.”At SU, Nel and Manna will run the Uncommon Partners Lab, where they will enrich the exponential mindset, tools, and network that differentiate SU.

Clients can engage the UP Lab for expanded capabilities in strategy, research, prototyping, and hands-on experience with exponential technologies.Behavioral transformation training will be integrated into existing SU programs and also be used to create new educational offerings. A digital course led by Uncommon Partners, Understanding Behavioral Transformation, will launch in Summer 2019.To pre-register for the Understanding Behavioral Transformation online course, visit https://su.org/online-learning/understanding-behavioral-transformation/. To learn how you can lead an exponential transformation at your organization backed by applied neuroscience, start a conversation with us at https://su.org/uncommon-partners-acquisition.


Uncommon Partners is helping organizations around the world, from startups to the Fortune 50, achieve behavioral transformation using tools like strategic narrative, applied neuroscience, and experimental design. We help our partners bring strategies to life, make better decisions faster, and build intuitive products and services.


Singularity University (SU) is a global learning and innovation community using exponential technologies to tackle the world’s biggest challenges and build a better future for all. SU’s collaborative platform empowers individuals and organizations across the globe to learn, connect, and innovate breakthrough solutions using accelerating technologies like artificial intelligence, robotics, and digital biology. A certified benefit corporation headquartered at NASA Research Park in Silicon Valley, SU was founded in 2008 by renowned innovators Ray Kurzweil and Peter H. Diamandis with program funding from leading organizations including Google, Deloitte, and UNICEF. To learn more, visit SU.org, read the SU Blog, join us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @SingularityU, and download the SU App.


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