The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative is calling on all entrepreneurs and startups from Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Turkey to submit applications for the 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, from now until June 24, 2013.
Now in its third year, the GIST Tech-I Competition will help launch the idea or grow the business of the most promising entrepreneurs in these emerging economies through seed funding, training, networking and mentorship from the best entrepreneurs in the world, along with angel investors and venture capitalists.
Entrepreneurs and startups must submit a “Go-To-Market Plan” consisting of an executive summary directed to investors, and a two-minute promotional video of the product or service created for customers. This year, applications will be considered within two tracks: idea and startup stage.
Ninety quarterfinalists, will be selected and their videos will be posted online for public voting.
Following online public voting, thirty semifinalists will be invited to the workshop, pitch session, and awards ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October 2013. Competition winners will receive grants ranging from $2,000 to $15,000, in addition to mentorship, networking and increased visibility.