The Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative. The 2019 GIST Tech-I Competition offers young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs an opportunity to compete for mentorship, training, and seed capital to advance their ventures. Early stage science and technology startups will earn a spot by applying through an online application. Each application will be reviewed by experts to pick the top applicants. Top applicants will go on to a global public vote, and the top 24 startups will receive a paid trip to the 2019 GEC in Bahrain for the final round of the Tech-I Competition. Finalists will both gain international visibility from pitching their ideas at GEC 2019, and compete for over $35,000 in seed capital and $200,000 in Amazon Cloud Computing credits. In addition, all finalists will receive extensive training and mentoring before the GEC and up to three months of mentorship following the GEC. The GIST 2019 Tech-I Competition implementers are the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Applications for the 2019 GIST Tech-I Competition will be accepted now through November 23, 2018. Applicants should submit responses to questions on their science or technology innovation along with a 90-second video explaining their idea or product/service at http://bit.ly/TechI2019
To date, OES/STC’s GIST program has connected over 2.8 million youth with entrepreneurship resources through the State Department’s social media platforms, trained over 8,400 startups, and created a network of over 600,000 motivated young entrepreneurs. These combined efforts have led to remarkable scientific and technological innovations – from revolutionary self-cleaning solar panel technology to low cost water filtration systems for rural, off-grid communities. GIST is composed of a variety of entrepreneurship tools including:
· The GIST Network online innovation hub helps the most connected generation in history learn from peers and successful entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
· GIST TechConnects are monthly, interactive webchats where a live panel of U.S. experts field questions on entrepreneurship topics from the international community of startups.
· In-country GIST Startup Trainings and Innovation Hubs offer on-the-ground training and mentorship to promote in-country entrepreneurship networks, develop local role models, and strengthen innovation ecosystems through follow-on monthly meetup groups building a community of best practice.
The annual pitch competitions allow entrepreneurs from emerging economies to compete for mentorship, training, and seed capital. Check out www.GISTNetwork.org for details on this year’s competitions.