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Innovation and Entrepreneurship


RCP works to strengthen the ties between entrepreneurship and science by implementing and advising several innovation programs. We help organize entrepreneurship initiatives both global and domestic and ensure that innovative ideas have sound scientific and technical merit. RCP also launched the AAAS Entrepreneur community on Facebook and Twitter as a platform to promote entrepreneurship within the S&T community. To keep up-to-date on all of RCP’s entrepreneurship initiatives, we encourage you to follow the AAAS Entrepreneur feeds. 

Recent Activity

2018 GIST Tech-I Competition Opens with Past GIST Tech-I Finalists to Play Active Role
The U.S. Department of State is set to launch the 2018 Global Innovation through Science and Technology, Technology Idea (GIST Tech-I) competition on November 28, 2017. Read More.

AAAS Lab to Launch Winners Announced
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is proud to announce the winners of the AAAS Lab to Launch Competition for D.C. science and tech entrepreneurs. Read More.

AAAS Lab to Launch Finalists Announced
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is pleased to recognize six Washington, D.C.-based science and tech innovators as finalists in the AAAS Lab to Launch Competition. Read More.

AAAS Kicks off Effort to Engage Young D.C. Entrepreneurs
Young science and technology entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C. have a week left to pitch a winning plan and become part of Lab to Launch, a new entrepreneurship program created by the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Research Competitiveness Program. Read More

AAAS To Build Capacity for Early-stage STEM Entrepreneurs in D.C.
The AAAS Research Competitiveness Program (RCP) is pleased to announce the launch of an exciting new pitching competition for the District of Columbia’s young science and technology entrepreneurs: Lab to Launch. Read More.

Science Entrepreneurship Contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals
During each of the seven Global Goals Week days, we will feature a young science entrepreneur and AAAS member who is working to advance a Global Goal. Read More.

African Science Entrepreneurs Gather for Women's Village Workshop
Science and technology entrepreneurs in the African nations of Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Nigeria learned strategies – like filling the seats in their “personal boardroom” – to expand their networks and advance their entrepreneurial projects during a series of GIST Women’s Village Workshops held this spring and summer. Read More.

Entrepreneurship Knows No Nationality, Gender, Religion or Border
Nermin Sa’d founded the second of two startups after earning international recognition at a State Department sponsored innovation contest three years ago, an award that established her as an entrepreneur, and has made her an inspiration for other women in the Middle East and North African region. Read More.