Applications for the Global Entrepreneurship competition ran in conjunction with the US Department of State are open till March 20, 2015 at 12:00pm EDT the application deadline date.
This competition is the flagship program of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative. The competition, GIST Tech-I Competition is focused on young scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, aged between 18-40 years old, who have either an idea or startup in the subject areas of Agriculture, Energy, Health or Information and communication
The application is simple, requiring the submission of an executive summary of 750 words and a 90 second promotional video. This year 86 countries are eligible to apply and following an initial expert panel review applications then go to the public vote. The top 30 finalists will then win an all-inclusive paid trip to sub-Saharan Africa in July to participate in the Finals at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. At the finals, applicants will have the opportunity to win up to $15,000 USD in individual funding, up to $70,000 USD in total prize money with specific prizes for women only, a year membership to AAAS, and every finalist will also receive up to 3 months one-on-one mentorship with top experts in their field or subject of interest.
The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online in an application consisting of an executive summary and promotional video. Their applications are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. Thirty finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this year in sub-Saharan Africa, to showcase their ventures and to receive intensive training. Tech-I winners, selected by experts at the GES, win mini-grants, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training.
Since 2011, innovators from over 86 countries have showcased their science and technology ventures to the world through GIST Tech-I Competitions. Thousands of expert reviews have taken place and the online voting public has cast over 1 million votes in support of these talented young innovators, selecting finalists representing Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East.
- APPLICATION LAUNCH – Tuesday February 17 at 0:01am US EDT
- APPLICATION DEADLINE – Friday March 20 at 12:00pm (noon) US EST
- EXPERT REVIEW – Monday March 30 – Sunday May 3
- SEMI-FINALISTS ANNOUNCED – Friday May 8 at 10:00am US EST
- PUBLIC VOTING OPENS – Monday May 11 at 12:00pm (noon) US EST
- PUBLIC VOTING CLOSES – Thursday June 11 at 12:00pm (noon) US EST
- FINALIST ANNOUNCEMENT – Monday June 15 at 12:00pm (noon) US EST
- FINALS AT THE GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP SUMMIT – To Be Confirmed