Looking for an opportunity to promote your startup and win prizes? Apply to the 2018 GIST Tech-I competition for the opportunity to work with successful founders who have startups in everything from technology to health care.
The GIST Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition is an annual competition for science and technology (S&T) entrepreneurs from 136 emerging economies around the world. The competition is part of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, led by the U.S. Department of State. The GIST Tech-I Competition is implemented by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). This year, the competition will challenge former GIST Tech-I finalists (GIST Tech-I Alumni) to lead and mentor the next generation of tech entrepreneurs in their countries and regions. A select group of GIST Tech-I Alumni, called Alumni Mentors, will solicit and help select science and technology entrepreneurs with either an idea or startup in their region to join them at the 2018 Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) in Istanbul, Turkey to pitch their idea or startup.
- Global exposure. Last year’s semi-finalists received more than 430,000 votes from all over the world and were featured by numerous local, national, and international media outlets. Several even met or were mentioned by their heads of state;
- Marketing and networking support from the AAAS Team, including the provision of voting graphics, and guidance on reaching out to media outlets.
- All-expenses-paid trip to Istanbul, Turkey to pitch their project and network with entrepreneurs and investors at GEC 2018;
Opportunity to attend several pre-finals training webinars on topics such as pitching to investors, business models, and intellectual topic;
One day of intensive training and mentoring in Istanbul before the finals;
- Opportunity to win seed capital prizes and other prizes during final pitch contest. Prize amounts will be published closer to the finals.