Tech-I Competition Launch

The GIST initiative is led by the U.S. Department of State, and the Tech-I competition is implemented by AAAS. 

The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative announces the launch of the 2014 Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition. Tech-I is an annual science and technology entrepreneurship competition, which this year accepts entries from 86 countries in the four areas of agriculture, energy, health, and information and communications technology (ICT). The complete list of eligible countries spanning Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America is available online.

In order to apply, applicants are required to submit an executive summary describing their science and technology product, research, service, or concept, in addition to a 90 second promotional video. The application deadline date is July 21st, 2014. In order to apply visit,

All applications will be reviewed by expert panels comprised of technical and regional experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists from around the world prior to the public voting, which will begin on September 1, 2014. Public voting will determine the thirty semi-finalists for the Tech-I finals at the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco. During this prestigious event, these up-and-coming scientists and entrepreneurs will receive intensive skills training, mentorship, and networking access to global leaders in their fields.  All finalists will receive up to 3 months mentoring following the finals. In addition, finalists will also compete for funding of up to $15,000. Further information on public voting can be found at

About the GIST Initiative:

The GIST Initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America by identifying, coaching, and funding the most promising science and technology entrepreneurs through:

  • Flagship competitions
  • On the ground boot camps with training and mentorship
  • Interactive webcasts called TechConnects
  • Online social media platforms

GIST empowers science and technology entrepreneurs to address local and global challenges by augmenting their skills, expanding their networks, and connecting them with mentors to help their dreams become reality.

The GIST Initiative is led by the U.S Department of State, and the Tech-I Competition is implemented by AAAS.

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