We are pleased to announce the selection of 102 exceptional young science and technology entrepreneurs to advance to the 2016 Tech-I Global Pitch Competition semifinals. From April 1 until May 1, the semifinalists’ 90 second pitch videos will be put to a global online vote to help determine the thirty finalists to pitch at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2016), June 23-24 in Silicon Valley, CA.
This year’s GIST Tech-I semifinalists represent 51 emerging economies, including 11 first-time GIST-eligible economies. Their ideas and startups address a variety of critical science and technology sectors, including agriculture, aerospace and engineering, education, health, environment, energy, and information and communications technology.
The GIST Tech-I Global Pitch Competition is part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative, which seeks to empower innovators in 135 emerging economies to transform their communities. Each year, GIST Tech-I enables promising science and technology entrepreneurs launch or grow a business through mentorship, training, international visibility, and seed capital prizes. The American Association for the Advancement of Science has been proud to administer the competition since 2014.
Participation in GIST Tech-I has grown nearly 50% since 2014, with more than 1,000 online applications from 104 emerging economies received. To determine the 2016 semifinalists, applications were reviewed by regional, scientific, technical, and entrepreneurship experts from around the world. The expert panels assessed each idea or start-up’s technical feasibility, its market potential, and the significance of the problem it addresses.
The 102 applicants who have advanced to the 2016 GIST Tech-I semifinals have already distinguished themselves from an impressive pool of young innovators. Now, your online votes will help determine which thirty advance to showcase their ideas to some of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs at GES 2016.
To be a part of the 2016 GIST Tech-I finalist selection process, visit www.gistnetwork.org/tech-i/vote to watch the semifinalists’ pitch videos starting April 1 and vote for your favorite innovations every day until May 1. You can vote for each semifinalist once per day for the entire month of voting. Each time you vote, you will also have the opportunity to nominate a country or territory to win GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp training resources for its entrepreneurs in 2017.