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GIST 2021-2022 Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition for Young STEM Entrepreneurs

GIST Catalyst offers young STEM entrepreneurs the opportunity to elevate their pitch and showcase their scale-up on a global stage, while receiving valuable mentorship from American entrepreneurs and academics who are leaders in the field of entrepreneurship.

Catalyst also provides participating entrepreneurs with the opportunity to increase the visibility of their scale-up. Because the live semi-final and final pitches will be held on a virtual platform, the viewers will not be limited geographically. This is an opportunity to promote your scale-up to your community, network, and the world – showcasing your innovation and attracting support. GIST Catalyst has helped innovators secure funding for their ventures, collaborate with the U.S. private sector, and build new partnerships. Launched during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 in Hyderabad, India and repeated in 2019 at the GES in The Hague, Netherlands, Catalyst gave more than 60 entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their scale-ups to high-impact investors, policy makers, and leaders in the U.S. private sector, and compete for generous startup resources

 Technologies that address global challenges through Agriculture InnovationsClean Climate & Energy InnovationsGlobal Health InnovationsWater Solution Innovations are particularly encouraged to apply. Please note, you will need to make a 90 second pitch video and use a video hosting service such as YouTube for your GIST Catalyst application. This video will be used during the adjudication, allowing judges the chance to learn more about you and your scale-up. Please ensure your pitch video is concise, high-quality and no longer than 90 seconds.

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About Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST)

The U. S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative empowers young innovators through networking, skills building, mentoring, and access to financing to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges. The GIST initiative is predicated upon a simple idea: when you provide young men and women with the skills they need to be successful entrepreneurs, they will gain confidence and be more likely to take the risks needed to turn their ideas into new ventures.  GIST participants in 135 emerging economies can dev... read more


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Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition


Aim and Benefits of Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition

Participants of the 2021 GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition will be competing for tens of thousands of dollars in mini grants and entrepreneurial resource prizes, the opportunity for mentorship and training, a chance to showcase their innovative solution to the entire GIST community including investors, and the prestige that comes with every GIST event. 

1st Place: $15k

2nd Place: $12k

3rd  Place: $10k


SPECIAL PRIZES
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: $8500
Spirit of GIST: $1500
People's Choice: $1500 


Requirements for Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition Qualification

  • All pitch videos and live pitches must be done entirely in English.
  • All entries should be at the Idea or Startup stage.
  • The pitching entrepreneur must be between the ages of 18 and 40 and from a GIST economy.
  • Special consideration will be given to startups who address challenges through Agriculture Innovations, Clean Climate & Energy Innovations, Global Health Innovations, Water Solution Innovations.
  • Special consideration will be given to startups whose solutions address the needs of traditionally underrepresented groups.

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Interview date, Process and Venue for Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition

Judging of Contenders: 27 September - 13 October

Semifinals Live Virtual Pitching: 1-5 November

Finals: 9 November (Live Pitching Finals)


Application Deadline

September 22, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) on www.gistnetwork.org to apply

For more details,visit GIST website



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