The U.S. Department of State is launching the 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology, Technology Idea (GIST Tech-I) competition. The GIST Tech-I competition is open to students, entrepreneurs, scientists, and innovators between the ages of 18 to 40 years old who have either an idea or a startup in the science and technology fields. The idea or startup can be an invention, a product, a service, an app, any combination of these, or something entirely unique.
Registration for the GIST Tech-I are now open. The competition will choose up to 100 applicants who will be selected by expert reviewers as semi-finalists who will then have their pitch videos featured online and voted on by the public. Moreover, 24 finalists will get to pitch their ventures to a global audience at the 2019 Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Bahrain.
At the GIST Tech-I, the selected participants will receive intensive skills training, mentorship, and networking access to global leaders in their fields. Furthermore, the winners of GIST Tech-I will also receive seed capital prizes. All finalists will receive up to three months of mentoring following the finals.
The eligibility criteria for the GIST Tech-I is: The applicant must be aged 18-40 years old at on the day of the application deadline; The applicant must be a citizen of at least one of the 132 GIST Tech-I-eligible emerging economies (full list here); The applicant must not hold dual-citizenship or permanent resident status in a non-GIST economy; The applicant must not submit more than one application per GIST Tech-I competition year; The applicant must not be a previous GIST Tech-I finalist who traveled to and competed in the GIST Tech-I Finals.
The deadline for the application is 5th December 2018.