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GIST Startup Boot Camp - East Africa

May 7-8, 2013 • Dar es Salaam - TANZANIA Powered by

The GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Initiative is a partnership led by the US Department of State and CRDF Global

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TABLE CONTENTS TABLE OF OF CONTENTS
• • • • • • • • • • AGENDA 3 MENTORS & SPEAKERS 8 GIST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS 12 ORGANZING TEAMS 13 GIST MENTOR HIGHLIGHT 17 GIST IN THE NEWS 18 ABOUT EAST AFRICA BOOT CAMP PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS 20

UPCOMING EVENTS 24 GIST PARTNERS 25 RESOURCES 27

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Our Tanzanian partners

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TUESDAY - MAY 7
Venue: COSTECH Building

STARTUP BOOT CAMP DAY ONE

AGENDA AGENDA

8.00-9.00 9.00-9.30

9.30-10.00

10.00-11.00

11.00-11.15 11.15-Noon Noon-13.00 13.00-13.45

13.45-14.30

14.30-14.45 14.45-15.15 15.15-16.15 16.15-17.30 17.30-18.00

Registration Welcoming - COSTECH Conference Room Eng. George Mulamula, CEO of DTBi Dr. Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health, U.S. Department of State Natalia Pipia, Associate Program Director, CRDF Global Ambassador Sinikka Antila, Ambassador of Finland to the United Republic of Tanzania Dr. Hassan Mshinda, Director General, COSTECH Honorable Minister Makame Mbarawa, Ministry of Communications, Communications, Science and Technology Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Republic of Tanzania Keynote Remarks Jeff Hoffman, Member of Founding Group of Priceline.com, Founder of ColorJar.com and GIST Advisory Board Member Startup Boot Camp Roundtable on Fostering Entrepreneurship in Africa COSTECH Conference Room Innovation Space 1 Pitching your Venture Model Discussion featuring international, regional and local leaders coming together to create concrete plans for fostering Collecting staff, customers, partners and investors is about your pitch; being successful is about your entrepreneurship in Africa. venture model and execution. Scott Gillespie, Founder, The Jigsaw Group Coffee Break Extreme Bootstrapping Faysal Sohail, Venture Capitalist, CMEA Capital Lunch Break Strategic Professional Networking Practical seminar introducing 7 key principles of how to build a professional network of top contacts using events and online tools. Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager of the GIST Initative at CRDF Global and ovibees.com Seizing Go To Market Opportunities A product, staff and venture are a good start; coupled with a pipeline of paying customers, that deliver a healthy gross margin, is a founder’s vision. Scott Gillespie, Founder, The Jigsaw Group Coffee Break GIST Tech-I Competition Presentation Opportunity to take your venture to the international level. Links with DTBi and TANZICT presented as well. Venture Presentation Overhaul Entrepreneurs will work on their presentations and ask mentors specific questions about their presentations. Open pitch feedback Volunteers will give their pitches in front of the group, for practice and group feedback. Fill out feedback survey

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WEDNESDAY - MAY 8
Venue: COSTECH Building

STARTUP BOOT CAMP DAY TWO

AGENDA AGENDA
Innovation Space Room 2: Mentorship Workshop for local and global mentors led by Ovidiu Bujorean, CRDF Global, Senior Program Manager and ovibees.com International Speaker

8.00-8.45 8.45-9.00

Innovation Space Room 1: Program welcoming for all entrepreneurs Mentorship overview Entrepreneurs receive mentorship schedule

9.00-10.30 One on One mentorship sessions - 20 Entrepreneurs Sales and Marketing Workshops (Innovation Space Room 1 &2): Technology (COSTECH Conference Room) entrepreneurs meet with their mentors. 10.30-11.00 Coffee Break 11.00-13.00 Continuation… Continuation… One on One mentorship sessions– 20 Entrepreneurs Sales and Marketing Workshops (Innovation Space Room 1 &2): Technology (COSTECH Conference Room) entrepreneurs meet with their mentors. 13.00-14.00 Lunch Break 14.00-17.30 Venture pitching sessions: Entrepreneurs pitch in front of a panel of experienced angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. Entrepreneurs will present for three minutes, with two minutes of Q&A from panelists to follow each pitch. Pitching is for the pre-selected entrepreneurs; everyone is invited to join in and watch. 14.00-15.45 Innovation Space 1: Innovation Space 2: COSTECH Conference Room: DTBi Conference Room : 10 Entrepreneurs 10 Entrepreneurs 10 entrepreneurs 10 entrepreneurs 15.45-16.00 Coffee Break 16.00-17.00 Venture Pitching Session Finals COSTECH Conference Room Final Pitch Contest - 10 entrepreneurs - 5min + 5min Q&A Moderated by: Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager of the GIST Initative at CRDF Global 17.00-17.30 How to become a GIST Transformer / Fill out surveys - COSTECH Conference Room Judges meet to decide the awardees– Innovation Space Room 1 17.30-18.00 Award Ceremony and Closing Remarks COSTECH Conference Room Moderated by: Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager of the GIST Initative at CRDF Global Presenting Awards: Philippe Dongier, Country Director for Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda, World Bank Jeff Hoffman, Member of founding group of Priceline.com and serial entrepreneur Jonathan Margolis, Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Closing Remarks: Honorable January Makamba, Deputy Minister of Communication, Science & Technology 18.00-19.00 Reception & Networking Hour

The GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Initiative is a partnership led by the US Department of State and CRDF Global

“We believe entrepreneurs can create jobs that fortify relationships between countries, build global markets, and help fulfill the dreams of all who desire the freedom to make of their lives what they will.” -President Barack Obama

The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative strengthens innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems through programs and partnerships focused on networking, skills development, and connections to financing. GIST empowers youth across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to develop new technology-based products and companies that create economic and social value.

GIST Programs
Startup Boot Camps—Supporting tech startups through mentorship and training activities led by U.S. entrepreneurs and investors Tech-I Competition—Bringing technology ideas to the community via YouTubebased idea pitch competition Tech Connect—Linking global entrepreneurs in real time to U.S. experts through live Q&A mentorship sessions hosted at the Department of State’s CO.NX webcast studio

GIST Impact Highlights
Supporting High-Growth Potential Entrepreneurs
3,000 tech startups trained and mentored by international experts $21 million USD outside funding raised by top GIST entrepreneurs 23 GIST partner organizations connected with additional entrepreneurship training and
education resources

Creating Innovation Ecosystems
Catalyzed the first angel investment network in West Africa in partnership with the World Bank’s infoDEV program Trained journalists in Indonesia and Malaysia on techlogy and startup trends Launched a global business mentorship training pilot program with MIT faculty

Building a Global Innovation Community
Facebook page

2.5 million youth reached globally through the Department of State Innovation Generation

Over 150,000 technology developers linked to business development training, tools, and mentorship

Where Innovative Minds and Entrepreneurial Spirit Merge
Submission Deadline: June 17, 2013

GIST Tech-I Competition
The GIST Tech-I Competition brings together innovative entrepreneurs to compete for training and prizes at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Malaysia.

How to Apply: Submit an Executive Summary & 2 Minute Video at www.gistinitiative.org

Idea Stage
$15,000 $10,000 $5,000 1 2nd 3rd
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Startup Stage
$15,000 $10,000 $5,000

facebook.com/GISTinitiative @GISTinitiative

Best Female Entrepreneur Award $4,000 3 Honorable Mentions $2,000 each iPad for applicant with most online votes for video 2 months Mentorship for all semifinalists

Competition Launch: April 18, 2013 GIST Webinars & Partner Trainings: May-June 2013 Submission Deadline: June 17, 2013 Online Voting: August 1-22, 2013 Semifinalist Training, Pitching and Awards Ceremony at Summit: October 10-12, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The GIST initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST TechConnect Bootstrapping Your Venture
Connecting Technology Entrepreneurs, Mentors & Investors Across Geographies
Monday, May 13, 2013 Live broadcast from the U.S. Department of State, Washington D.C. 8:00-9:00am EDT

Live audiences in Washington, D.C. and GIST countries Register to attend: http://tinyurl.com/gistbootstrapping

GIST TechConnect Speakers:

SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR & THOUGHT LEADER Shari Loessberg, Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management FOUNDER OF THE BLOOMBERG OF FOREIGN AID Raj Kumar, Founder and President of Devex

At TechConnect you will:
• Learn how to advance ventures to the next stage via a cost-efficient and network-oriented method • Connect with and ask questions of the GIST TechConnect speakers • Get involved with the GIST activities and your local entrepreneurial communities facebook/gistinitiative @gistinitiative/#gisttechconnect
Related Activity: GIST Tech-I 2013 competition launched! Apply now here: tinyurl.com/gistechi2013

SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR & CHAMPION OF CHANGE Dr. Susan Amat, Co-Founder of The Launch Pad at the University of Miami

GIST TechConnect Moderator:
Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager of the GIST Initiative @ CRDF Global

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GIST MENTORS & SPEAKERS GIST MENTORS & SPEAKERS
Sinikka Antila, Ambassador of the Embassy of Finland to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Sinikka Antila has been the Head of Mission for the Embassy of Finland in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania since January 2011. Previously, Antila was the Head of Mission for the Embassy of Finland in Lusaka, Zambia for four years. Antila has also served as Director for Development Policy and Planning at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Antila received her Masters of Law from Helsinki University in Finland. She speaks English, French, Swedish, and German.

Philippe Dongier, Country Director for Burundi, Tanzania & Uganda, The World Bank
A Canadian national, Philippe Dongier joined the Bank in 1998 as a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in the Transport, Urban and Water Department. He has worked in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa. He worked as Manager for Afghanistan Reconstruction in 2002-2004. His latest assignment (20062012) was as Sector Manager, Information and Communication Technologies, leading World Bank support to telecommunications and ICT policy reforms and programs globally. Before joining the Bank, Dongier worked for five years with McKinsey & Company in Canada, the United States, Asia, and Europe, advising companies and governments on issues of strategy and organizational reform, including in the telecommunications and information technology (IT) industries. Earlier, he was based in Nepal for six years, where he worked for the Canadian Center for International Cooperation (CECI) in support of community infrastructure and microfinance programs. He has a master’s degree in business administration from INSEAD and a bachelor’s in economics from McGill University.

Scott Gillespie, Commercialization Partner, Technology to VC (T2VC)
Scott is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of the Jigsaw Group, an early stage investment and advisory group as well as the Commercialization Partner for T2VC, a team that manages a technology venture fund and architects innovation ecosystems in emerging markets. Scott shares his insights and experiences at conferences, seminars, networking events, angel groups, universities and non-profits where he lectures on innovation & entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and management, risk management and environment management. Scott also supports Yacht Aid Global (YAG), a nonprofit that transports education and medical supplies to regions struck by disaster using mega yachts.

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Jeff Hoffman, Member of Founding Group & Former CEO, Priceline.com, Founder, ColorJar & GIST Advisory Group Member
Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and entertainment; since launching his first software company while still in university, Hoffman has founded, grown, and exited a series of successful startup companies throughout his career, including Enable Holdings, Black Sky Entertainment, and Priceline. Hoffman dedicates significant time to mentoring other entrepreneurs and is an accomplished professional and motivational speaker; he has presented in over 40 countries worldwide and can be seen on Fox News, CNN, NBC, and other major media outlets.

Ambassador Alfonso E. Lenhardt, Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Republic of Tanzania
The Ambassador of the United States of America to the United Republic of Tanzania, Alfonso E. Lenhardt, presented his diplomatic credentials to President Jakaya Kikwete at the State House in Dar es Salaam on Thursday, November 12, 2009. On May 19, 2010, Ambassador Lenhardt was also accredited as the U.S. representative to the East African Community. From May 2004, Ambassador Lenhardt was the President and CEO of the non-profit National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). He was also Senior Vice President of Government Relations for The Shaw Group. On September 4, 2001, Ambassador Lenhardt was appointed the 36th Sergeant-at-Arms of the United States Senate and became the first AfricanAmerican to serve as an officer of the Congress. He also served as the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Council on Foundations. Ambassador Lenhardt retired from the U.S. Army in August 1997 as a Major General with more than 30 years of service in leadership positions. Ambassador Lenhardt was born in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska, a Master of Arts in Public Administration from Central Michigan University, and a Master of Science in the Administration of Justice from Wichita State University.

Dr. Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space and Health in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Dr. Margolis currently oversees policies and programs in the areas of international science & technology cooperation, space & advanced technologies, and international health and biodefense at the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES), the latest position of his distinguished career within the State Department working in a number of divisions including: the Bureau of International Information Programs, the Office of the Director of Foreign Assistance, and the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation. He has also conducted courses at American University and the Foreign Service Institute on environmental policy, negotiations, and international organizations.

Faysal Sohail, Venture Capitalist, CMEA Capital
Faysal Sohail has over a decade of senior executive experience in engineering, marketing, business development and building startups, helping to secure venture capital funding for several key startups in both the energy and technology sectors. Before joining CMEA, Mr. Sohail helped to build three companies all of which became successful through IPO, merger or acquisition. Sohail is a member on the board of American Pakistan Foundation, an organization that engages the diaspora and the private sector and by building partnerships with key stakeholders in the U.S. and Pakistan.

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GIST BOOT CAMP MENTORS GIST BOOT CAMP MENTORS
Emanuel Feruzi, Co-Founder/Developer, HUB26 Company
Sharing information and skills comes natural to Emanuel Feruzi, who has been working with computers since 1997. As a professor of IT at the Institute of Finance Management, Feruzi has shared tips and tricks, standards and best practices for effective way to develop software. As an entrepreneur, Feruzi shares not only stories of his successes but also mistakes he made along the way.

Kristiina Lahde, Chief Technical Advisor, TANZICT
Kristiina Lähde has a long experience with ICT, innovation and entrepreneurship in Finland, South Africa and Tanzania. She has worked for international corporations and SMEs, successfully raised venture capital for a startup, and helped other companies to do so. Before moving to Africa she was an incubator manager in Finland. Kristiina’s current job is Chief Technical Advisor of TANZICT project in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Engineering from Aalto University, School of Engineering.

Robert Mbori, Managing Director, Ascent Consulting
Robert Mbori is a Business Development Consultant & Entrepreneur. He comes from a sales and marketing background that has seen him involved in diverse companies in different capacities over the past 20 years. His business philosophy is captured by Napoleon Hill, “Whatever the mind can conceive & believe, it can achieve.”

Rosemary Mwakitwange
Rosemary is a seasoned and accomplished executive and strategic thinker with demonstrated ability to navigate obstacles, motivate people, and deliver results in highly challenging environments. She has extensive experience across NGO and private sectors including Academy for Education Development, Population Service International, and New Habari Media Group. She has particular expertise in fund mobilization and management of large-scale donor funded programs and high-powered lobbying and advocacy for media policies, HIV prevention, sustainability, program monitoring and evaluation. She has written the handbook, ‘The Business of Media: The Missing Link to Press Freedom in Africa’, and ‘The Business of Journalism’. She is a member of the UN AIDS Advisory Group on Female Condoms and a lead on the study on a mapping out the change process and dynamics for policy reforms in Tanzania.

Michael Niyitegeka, Business Development Consultant, Hive Colab
Michael possesses a cumulative 15 years working experience in private and public sectors. Currently, Michael works with CEMM Group as a Franklin Covey Certified Facilitator. Michael has previously worked with Makerere University for the last 12 years most recently as the Head of Corporate Relations Office at the College of Computing and Information Sciences. He has previously worked with the private sector specifically in the coffee exporting industry in different capacities. Michael holds an MBA from MsM and ESAMI Business School. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the ESAMI Business School Michael is a consultant trainer in a wide-range of areas in the both business and IT but specifically he is passionate about Leadership at Personal & Institutional level, IT Strategy and Management, Social Media Integration, and Business Process definition facilitation. As part of his social responsibility Michael has participated in the six hackathon events hosted in Uganda as a Mentor, Judge or Organizer. Michael has mentored businesses from Kenya, Uganda and most recently the USA. Michael is a Rotarian and loves giving back to society.

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GIST BOOT CAMP MENTORS GIST BOOT CAMP MENTORS
Ayubu L Sizya, Monitoring and Evaluation Manager - Tanzania Gender Networking Programme
Ayubu Sizya is the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager of TGNP and is responsible for the direction and strategy of the organization. His entrepreneurial and multi‐disciplinary career encompasses strategic and business planning, monitoring and evaluation, fund raising, and programme coordination of established and startup ventures in a variety of industries both domestically and abroad. Mr. Sizya received his Master in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development from University of Dar es Salaam and BSc (Hon.) in Computer Science from University of North London, London, UK.

Peter Ulanga, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Communications Access Fund
Communications Service Access Fund; he previously worked at the Tanzania Communication Regulatory Authority with responsibility on ICT development, telecom standards, and management of the National Numbering Plan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from University of Dar es Salaam, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Southern Queensland, Australia and Master’s degree in Science from University of Essex in United Kingdom. His professional interests are in rural communications, passive optical networks on the access, and next generation networks deployments. He also has keen interest on issues related to Internet governance, ICT for sustainable development and ICT economics particularly on interconnection. He is current Chairman of the Association of Universal Service Access Funds of Africa (AUSAFA) and Associate Rapporteur of Question 22 (responsible for low cost network infrastructure in developing countries) of Study Group 5 in International Telecommunication Union’s Standardisation Sector. He is a part-time lecturer at the College of ICT of the University of Dar es Salaam.

Marco J. Vingilah, Director, Sustainable Access Finance Enterprises
Mr. Vingilah has professional experience as an enterprise and business growth specialist in the fields of finance, project design, marketing planning and management. In support of business clients, he has carried out many feasibility studies, business reviews, business plans, consumer surveys and training assignments. He has an in-depth and first hand experiences with the use of market information to guide business development and an entrepreneurial approach to solutions for client’s problems. His key competencies are strategic planning, organizational development, project and product design and implementation.

Nina Werner, Country Director, Mara Foundation Tanzania
Having Swedish parents but a mother born and raised in Kenya, Nina was raised in France, although born in Switzerland. She studied for her Bachelor in Life Science in Lausanne, Switzerland, and now holds an MSc in Management, Technology and Economics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich. The travel bug caught her in her early years and hasn’t left her so far. Having travelled to most European countries, India, or China, she finally decided to move to Tanzania over two years ago and pursue the amazing opportunities that this country has to offer. Along the way, she got the opportunity to be part of Mara Foundation and bring this very unique organisation to Tanzania’s entrepreneurs.

THE GIST COMMUNITY: 150,000 strong and growing
1,000
competition participants

8,200

participants in startup boot camps

150,000+ in GIST social networks
15,000+
GIST participants

techconnect participants

6,000

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GIST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS GIST ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Rashid Al Ballaa, CEO, National Net Ventures (N2V)VRashid Al Ballaa is the founder of National Net Ventures (N2V), one of the largest internet holding companies in the MENA region which invests capital in web ventures and offers essential infrastructure services to help accelerate their growth; he is also a board member of National Technology Group (NTG), the region’s largest ICT conglomerate and key provider of Financial Technology and Services. Before N2V, Al Ballaa spearheaded regional business development efforts of Mubasher, the first e-trading solution in the MENA region and founded Direct Broker for Financial Services (DBFS), the UAE’s first STP e-brokerage company. H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs
Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal heads the Investment Affairs department, which is responsible for managing the investment environment and competitiveness agenda of Saudi Arabia; he has been the President of the National Competitiveness Center since 2010 and he is on the board of: Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON), King Faisal Foundation, the Global Federation of Competitive Councils, and several other government commissions and regional investment councils. Previously he worked as a financial analyst with Saudi Aramco in the treasury, internal auditing, new business development, and related financial departments.

Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari Corporation, Chuck E. Cheese Pizza and Brainrush
Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and scientist. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Time Theater. Mr. Bushnell is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his views on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education. Currently, Mr. Bushnell is devoting his talents to fixing education with his new company, Brainrush. His beta software is teaching academic subjects at over 10 times the speed in classrooms with over 90% retention. He uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects.

Dr. Pat Dinneen, Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Company
Dr. Pat Dinneen has focused on emerging markets for most of her 36-year career with responsibilities in due diligence, selection and monitoring of funds and co-investments, performance benchmarking, research, and client advisory work. Before beginning her current position at Siguler Guff & Company in 2004, managing their $2 billion BRIC private equity investments, she worked with Cambridge Associates, British Telecommunications (BT), and Hughes Communication to expand their business ventures into emerging European and Asian markets.

Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Priceline.com, Founder, ColorJar & GIST Advisory Group Member
Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and entertainment; since launching his first software company while still in university, Hoffman has founded, grown, and exited a series of successful startup companies throughout his career, including Enable Holdings, Black Sky Entertainment, and Priceline. Hoffman dedicates significant time to mentoring other entrepreneurs and is an accomplished professional and motivational speaker; he has presented in over 40 countries worldwide and can be seen on Fox News, CNN, NBC, and other major media outlets.

Ali İsmail Sabancı, Chairman and Director, Pegasus Airlines
Ali İ. Sabancı has built his successful career in international finance, joining Esas Holding Corporation in 2004, the same year advancing to his current position at Pegasus Airlines when it was purchased by Esas; he is also on the board of Esas’s partner companies Izair Corporation and Air Berlin as well as being a member of TYD, TÜSIAD, ISO and TAIK. Since 2009, Sabancı has also been a director of Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG and Air Berlin Plc, and of AFM Uluslararasi Film Produksiyon A.Ş.

Dr. Roger Wyse, Managing Director & General Partner, Burrill & Company
Dr. Roger Wyse has led the development of agriculture, nutraceuticals, health & wellness, and industrial biotechnology projects at Burrill & Company, a leading life sciences company managing $1 billion in venture capital. Dr. Wyse chairs or serves on the boards of 11 private companies and has over 30 years of experience as an internationally recognized scientist and dean at two major research universities; he speaks globally about biotechnology applications and policy in food, agricultural and bio-cleantech and the use of venture capital as a component of an open innovation strategy for emerging economies.

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GIST TEAM CRDF GLOBAL GIST TEAM AT AT CRDF GLOBAL
Natalia Pipia, Associate Program Director, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, CRDF Global
Natalia Pipia develops and oversees all Innovation Programs at CRDF Global, and she is responsible for developing outreach strategies to external partners and funders. She manages programs that promote strategic partnerships between technology entrepreneurs and businesses, build innovation ecosystems in countries where programs are being implemented, and facilitate U.S. market access. Pipia has 10 years of experience working in economic development and executed various initiatives in coordination with numerous associations, companies, technology transfer groups, governmental, and non-governmental organizations in Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia. www.linkedin.com/in/nataliapipia

Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager of The GIST Initiative, Vice chairman MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC & Baltimore
Ovidiu manages and directs the GIST Initiative, an exciting  initiative that is a partnership led by the State Department and CRDF Global that is building a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem in 44 countries across the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and Africa. Previously, Mr. Bujorean was the Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer technologies.  Mr. Bujorean  serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of AIESEC DC. Mr. Bujorean founded  LEADERS, an organization that impacted the lives of approximately 10000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe and is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and Harvard’s Kennedy School (MPA).  www.linkedin.com/in/bujorean

Yuritzi Acosta, Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative
Since April 2011, Yuritzi Acosta has worked for the GIST initiative on projects that empower entrepreneurs to commercialize their innovative ideas through the coordination of skill development activities and facilitation of access to relevant information. She boasts significant experience in the fields of education and advocacy, having coordinated a number of programs funded by NeighborWorks USA, USAID, the Florida Department of Education, and the Department of State and her personal experiences living in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe give her a uniquely global vantage and adaptability. www.linkedin.com/in/yuritziacosta

Amanda Gant, Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative
Amanda Gant joined GIST in March 2012 where she works with international partners to organize startup boot camps and virtual mentorship programs. Amanda has long had the entrepreneurship bug, selling bracelets on the beach of her hometown since middle school, and it was this experience which inspired her to study international development, hoping to empower others to realize their dreams by starting their own businesses. Amanda supports her local community by organizing the annual “Glover Park Day” showcasing local area businesses and non-profits; she also leads service-oriented ecotourism trips to Nicaragua to promote travel and cultural exchange. www.linkedin.com/in/amandalynngant

Fidan Karimova, Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative
Fidan Karimova joined GIST in October 2012 with her focus on media messaging and communications, but she has been on staff at CRDF Global for three years already, working on client relationship management, website development, and promotional materials. Fidan has traveled extensively including time spent living abroad in China, Italy, and Spain and working for a summer at the UN in Azerbaijan; she also brings her entrepreneurial spirit to GIST, having started her own painting business and dabbled in environmental fashion design in college. www.linkedin.com/pub/fidan-karimova/27/7a6/648

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GIST STATE DEPARTMENT GISTTEAM TEAM ATAT U.S.US STATE DEPARTMENT
Mathew Eapen, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
Mathew Eapen currently works at the US Department of State focusing on using science to advance foreign policy and create a global environment where innovation thrives. He began his career as a Presidential Management Fellow, working on pharmaceutical regulation at the US Food and Drug Administration, on biodefense and emerging threats at the US Department of Health and Human Services, and as an investigator on the US House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations. Mathew completed his graduate education in bioethics and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University respectively.

Dr. Anna Quider, GIST and Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State
Dr. Anna Quider works to improve local and global communities through international cooperation by supporting U.S. Department of State policies and programming at the intersection of science, innovation, and diplomacy, including the GIST Initiative. Previously, Dr. Quider developed strategies to address local, national, and international issues spanning education, science, innovation, and foreign affairs for the Office of Rep. Russ Carnahan, U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Quider is an astrophysicist who regularly engages broad audiences on topics including astronomy, professional development, and policy. http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anna-quider/b/601/b81

Kathryn Pharr, Science, Technology and Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State
Kathryn Pharr works at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES) in the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation where she supports programs that use science and technology to develop solutions to global and local challenges, including the GIST initiative. Pharr’s previous experience includes providing on-the-ground support to USAID’s international development efforts in Egypt, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Indonesia, and using her chemistry background to help a startup sustainable natural care company obtain a worldwide exclusive patent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

INFODEV TEAM INFODEV TEAM
Oltac Unsal, Access to Markets and Finance Programs, infoDev
Oltac leads infoDev’s global Access to Markets and Finance programs that bridge the gap between technology entrepreneurs and funding sources, customers and partners globally by developing innovative financing facilities (eg. angel co-investment facility) and also strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem (eg. creative technical assistance to infoDev incubator and accelerators). Oltac has been angel investor in the US and globally, a semiconductor and software entrepreneur in Silicon Valley, and was the founding advisor to the first intellectual property commercialization incubator/fund in Turkey. He also held a variety of management positions with Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse before joining the World Bank. Oltac holds an MBA from Stanford University, BA in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from Whitman College, and pursued Intellectual Property LLM at UW Law School.

Laura Baker, Access to Markets and Finance Programs, infoDev
Laura recently joined infoDev’s Access to Markets and Finance team to support its short term capacity building programs for entrepreneurs. She is a second-year MBA student at Georgetown University and is pursuing an honors degree in international business. Prior to Georgetown, Laura worked at the International Republican Institute (IRI), a non-profit organization that promotes good governance and democratic practices abroad. At IRI she managed programs to improve municipal governance and civic engagement in Africa and Latin America. Laura holds a BA in Spanish and Latin American studies from the University of Virginia.

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DTBi TEAM DTBi TEAM
George Mulamula, CEO, DTBi
Eng. George Mulamula is currently the CEO of the Dar Teknohama (ICT) Business Incubator (DTBi). Prior to that, he was the Principal Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board, in Kigali, Rwanda. He was tasked with spearheading the organization in fast-tracking investment in Rwanda, primarily in Tourism, ICT and capacity building. He assisted in organizing the first ITU Connect Africa Summit held in Kigali in October 2007, which brought together several African Heads of State and a number of leaders of Government, Heads of ICT Industry in the world, the regional Business Community and other UN Agencies/NGOs to discuss how in Africa the UN MDGs could be achieved through deployment of ICTs. Eng. Mulamula was for over 8 years the Africa Technical Expert in Intellectual Property Automation with the World Intellectual Property Organization, based in Geneva Switzerland. For over 10 years he has taught at various Institutions and for over 15 years he has consulted with international and regional organizations, including, UNESCO, ITU, UPU. He has run several ICT companies and entrepreneurship activities, and has written extensively on ICT, technology transfer and sustainable development.

Mihyaho Marijani Wilmore, Founding partner of UmojaOne, UhuruOne and Telesis Tanzania
Mihayo focuses on Telecommunication and Information Systems in emerging markets. Mihayo comes from a software engineer & product development background with focus on project management, telecommunication, system integration, gathering business and technical requirements, and revenue generation in emerging markets. Wilmore is in his eleventh year in the telecommunication and information systems industry and has experience in financial services, economic development, telecommunication, supply chain management, social security funds, and regulatory frameworks. His experience spans four continents; Africa, Europe, North and South America and has worked with leading brands such as Celtel, Tigo, MTN, Zantel, Zain, Airtel and Unisys. His experience spans from the boardroom to the grassroots where he is interacting and educating consumers on products and services offered by multinationals, donors, and governments. Mihayo is a founding partner of UmojaOne, UhuruOne and Telesis Tanzania. Mr Wilmore holds a Master of Science in Information Science from Penn State University and Bachelors in Computer Science from Lincoln University.

Makange Mramba, Financia Manager, DTBi
Mramba Mkange has a wide experience in SMEs businesses and financial management. He was very instrumental in the Savings and Credit Societies modernization program initiated by SCCULT as a consultant and also participated actively in the SMES capacity building program carried out by SELF project under the Vice President Office and the International Labor Organization (ILO). He also carried out several capacity building programs in financial management and best practice through the Prime Minister’s Office Regional Administration and Local Governments throughout Tanzania and is an accredited LGAs trainer by GIZ. Mramba has also worked as Financial Controller and Administrator in projects under the United Nations development Program, USAID and ADF. He also supported a number of projects run by Poverty Africa (Global) in Kenya Uganda and Tanzania and prior to that also worked as a senior Auditor in Cooperatives Audit and Supervision Corporation. Currently Mramba is the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) Financial Manager responsible with the overall financial management matters of the incubator. Mramba is trained in Accounting and ICT with a Masters degree in ICT laws.

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DTBi STARTUP SUCCESS DTBi STARTUP SUCCESS STORIESSTORIES
POPOTE MEDIA (www.popote.co.tz) has developed a social media monitoring and marketing tool, redefining social media analytics by giving corporations, marketers, public relations agencies and advertisers the intelligence and insight needed to make smarter business and strategic decisions. POPOTE MEDIA brings business intelligence to social media, providing instant and unlimited access to all social media conversations to quickly see what’s happening, why it’s happening, and who’s driving the conversations. Due to its uniqueness, it won a USD $55,000 contract to market Precision Air, the largest air carrier in Tanzania.

SAFARI YETU (safariyetu.com) has developed a web and mobile- based ticketing system for Intercity Bus ticketing that replaces an inaccurate, inefficient, paper-based booking process enabling bus operators to manage seat inventories accurately, track sales, and reduce loss. Most Tanzanians & other Africans travel long distances by bus, but booking bus travel is difficult, time-consuming, and inefficient. Safari Yetu uses cloud computing to provide its services. The service is high performance, and offers high availability while still remaining cost effective. Operator costs of entry are relatively low as they do not pay any upfront costs, and only pay as they use the system. The system won the StartUp World 2012 organized by partners of Google and will be travelling to Silicon Valley before July 2013 for an international pitch all expenses paid for by the organizer.

Arnold Minde of Safari Yetu with Deputy Minister Hon J. Makamba, Ministry of Communication, Science & Technology

MagilaTech (www.magilatech.net) is developing a variety of applications enabling ordinary and disabled citizens greater participation in government, in particular mobile eParliament. Mobile parliament allows ordinary Tanzanian citizens to listen to parliamentary discussions from the convenience of their mobile phone, anytime they want, without incurring any phone or airtime charges, from wherever they are, even in the most remote areas of the country, as long as there is cellular service. This application will allow streaming of parliamentary debates and allow the listening citizenry to give views/comments in real time based on the pronouncements of the parliamentarians in the august house. The startup was honored to be one of the finalists in the Startup World Tanzania, and was a key representative of Tanzania at IT World Conference in Dubai. His pitch there earned him a cover page on the esteemed IT Africa magazine. NISQO TECHNOLOGIES (www.nisqotechnologies. com) has developed a mobile application for Nokia and Android phone users. The mobile app, “The Love Guru”, was loaded onto the Nokia Ovi Store and it immediately went viral with downloads by thousands of users. NISQO is now in contract negotiations with a company in India for the application to be on the social servers.

Nisile Kaswaga of NISQO Technologies making a presentation at Girls in ICT Day

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GIST MENTOR HIGHLIGHT GIST MENTOR HIGHLIGHT: SCOTT GILLESPIE
With GIST, Scott Gillespie has traveled to Malaysia to train 90 entrepreneurs in April 2012 and helped organize mentoring for 30 ventures at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai last December 2012. Name: Scott Gillespie Companies: Founder and Director Jigsaw Group and the venture & ecosystem architect for T2VC What you do?: My role is to grow ventures (active investment, mentoring, and tools) plus develop regional ecosystems that foster innovation and entrepreneurship. Hometown: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA Current town: Dubai, UAE Websites: www.t2vc.com & www.jigsaw-group.com Favorite hobbies/past-times: Spending time with family; helping others; matching people, ideas, markets and products. What inspired you to get involved with business development? Sales is the engine to business (selling products, ideas, ventures, people,…) How did you get involved with mentorship? It is one of my main areas of interest and over 10 years I have developed a number of mentoring programs (one had 2500 candidate mentors and 500 matches). What is the best part about being a mentor? Helping others to grow their venture and insights and to achieve their goals. What lessons do you believe entrepreneurs can get from GIST Startup Boot Camps? That a bootcamp is but one part of the learning process for entrepreneurs. One of the best things I have seen in the last two GIST boot camps I have been involved in is the recognition that a stronger core team (multiple co-founders) is better than a cofounder trying to do everything. GIST Mentors have assisted a number of ventures/founders to look at joining forces with others so they have a stronger team. Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs? Become a co-founder, build a team focused on solving a problem (rather than building a product and looking for markets), and learn from others quickly rather than trying to learn/experience everything yourself. What is the best part of being an entrepreneur? I prefer to focus on founders as they are the engines of ventures. Founders attempt to solve, unsolved market challenges, through the creation of products/solutions and ventures to deliver same.

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GIST IN THE NEWS
GIST Entrepreneurs Inspire Female Small Business Owner in Washington, DC
Mehrunisa Qayyum writes in her Small Business blog post “Small Business Tips to Fight Holiday Stress,” that she was encouraged by the GIST Transformers she met at a leadership seminar held at the World Bank in Washington, DC during the US Entrepreneurship Journey. Confronted by holiday pressures as the founder of a new Middle East affairs consultancy, she related to the insights of GIST speaker Jim Bagnola and GIST entrepreneurs in seeking innovative ways to successfully promote and build their start-ups in the crowded marketplace. Read more here: http://tiny.cc/duelow

Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle East
Most Middle East entrepreneurs can only dream of a startup oasis such as California’s Silicon Valley that is filled with angel investors and venture capitalists. But a few entrepreneurs have begun receiving funding from a more unlikely source - the U.S. government. One of those entrepreneurs, Ziad Sankari, was just 17 when he lost his father to a heart attack. Today, the Lebanese engineer is building a startup based on a medical device that can monitor cardiac patients outside the hospital around the clock. His startup idea won a first place prize of $20,000 in the final rounds of the U.S.-sponsored GIST Tech-I Competition held in Istanbul last December. That funding from the U.S. State Department may help Sankari and his colleague, Najwa Sahmarani, develop a business plan for their “Cardio Diagnostics” startup. The competition also provided business mentoring by flying in experts from MIT and Silicon Valley. “GISTech was our shortcut towards better connections and visibility and provided us, indeed, with some cash and unmatchable opportunities to visit Silicon Valley and possibly find a collaborator there,” Sankari said. Read more at tiny.cc/msnGIST

Indonesian Minister: ‘We need four million entrepreneurs’
They hosted a recent conference and business plan competition to inspire, educate and cajole young people into taking the plunge. “There’s a real craving for this kind of knowledge here,” according to Ovidiu Bujorean, program manager for Global Innovation through Science and Technology, the US-based agency that ran the event. “Energy, drive, optimism – the people I’ve seen here are the ones who can take the Indonesian economy into the new global economy of knowledge, ideas and prosperity. [Disclosure: I spoke, judged and put together a panel discussion at this event, implemented by CRDF Global and funded by the US State Department.] Read more at tiny.cc/GISTinFORBES

Road Trip! Founders Of YouTube, LinkedIn and Others Tackle Brain Drain in Malaysia
Malaysia has a very young population, 65% of which is under 35, as well as the need to create jobs quickly. Hwang says entrepreneurship can create alternatives to other activities. “In many cases the government is responding to demand by the people,” she says, like in Indonesia, where a grassroots movement began. “The government recognized entrepreneurship to be a good cause to engage young talent and create alternatives to other activities.”She observes that the U.S. government has been promoting entrepreneurship in Muslim-dominated countries with this goal. “The GIST initiative is a partner of StartupMalaysia.org” Read more at tiny.cc/BRAINDRAIN

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GIST IN THE NEWS
Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Ideas for Indonesia and Beyond
Startup Boot Camp Indonesia is a program run by the GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Initiative. GIST was established in 2010, with funding from the U.S. Department of State, to spur economic advancement through science- and technology-based innovation in countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. The idea behind GIST is that economically empowered people (aka entrepreneurs) provide the basis for political stability and economic growth. Read more at tiny.cc/GISTinX

“Young entrepreneurs from NUST have made the nation proud.”

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani extended his congratulations to entrepreneurs from Pakistan’s National University of Science and Technology. He commended the Sahara and Saltech teams for making it to the victory stand at an international business plan competition, titled “Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) -- Battle of Ideas World Cup 2011.” Read more at tiny.cc/NUST

Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in MENA

At the second Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul recently, we at Wamda were tremendously inspired by the contestants in the Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) Competition, who came from all over the Middle East and North Africa to showcase their carefully-honed scientific ideas that could transform our societies. Read more at tiny.cc/WAMDA

Tech Startups in Africa
Scott Hartley describes his great experience lecturing, mentoring, and judging startups in Senegal and Algeria as a participant in two of the U.S. State Department’s Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST)Initiative startup boot camps. Over four days, hundreds of West and North African technologists assembled, tweeted, pitched products, and exchanged LinkedIn invites, encouraging Hartley about the new emerging entrepreneurs from this region—he hopes ”that the question ‘what have you built,’” will become “more important than ‘where are you from?’” Read more at http://onforb.es/Qkcz4m

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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs
CRDF Global is a private, nongovernmental organization committed to promoting peace and prosperity through science and technology. Its innovation and entrepreneurshipfocused programs develop technology commercialization capabilities and sustaining networks abroad. Domestically, CRDF Global helps to create more viable investment, partnership and collaborative opportunities for American businesses and scientists who gain access to top international research and expertise.

Core Program Beliefs
Innovation. We believe strongly in the power of technology and innovation as drivers for sustainable growth. Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs transform innovation into enterprises that generate value and create jobs. Our programs are designed with the individual in mind, as the nucleus and sole purpose of our mission.
Strategic partnerships. We partner with like-minded local and regional organizations and corporations to leverage our resources and capabilities to build capacity for greater impact and avoid redundancy.

Innovation Ecosystem Development
CRDF Global believes in the bottom-up approach in building the local ecosystems and supports local entrepreneurship initiatives by identifying leaders, existing programs and the gaps in the system. • Assisting with the formation of new technology commercialization offices and incubators • Strategic planning • Management training and educational outreach • Comprehensive programs designed to enhance entrepreneurship culture • Assisting with investment capital infrastructure development

Startup Support
Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of all economies and the source of growth and dynamism. CRDF Global offers a comprehensive suite of programs designed to nurture these early-stage companies. • Identifying promising business opportunities, funders, partners and resources • Designing and executing acceleration programs • Comprehensive skill development training • Access to sources of funding

Technology Acceleration
CRDF Global promotes business growth by supporting students, researchers and technology developers who believe that their product or service is viable commercially. Programs guide them through the process of commercialization by honing their skills and helping them to grow and realize their market potential. • Identifying intellectual property with commercial potential in universities and corporations • Hands-on training in technology transfer and intellectual property rights • Online technology commercialization courses • Technology valuation and market assessment

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CRDF GLOBAL’S IMPACT CRDF Global’s Impact
Increasing Opportunities for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs
In the search for entrepreneurs with innovative technology ideas that can address a problem affecting their country or region, the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative has implemented the GISTech-I Competition, attracting close to 200 teams from the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South East Asia. Among them was CardioDiagnostics, a Lebanese startup founded by Ziad Sankari. Ziad lost his father at the age of 17 to a heart attack, which inspired him to create a medical device that monitors cardiac patients outside the hospital around the clock. This idea earned him a top prize of the competition awarded at the Second Global Entrepreneurship Summit on December 3-5, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. CardioDiagnostics has been given a strong start for a global success with $20,000 in seed funding, hands-on training with serial entrepreneurs and business mentors, global media exposure by MSNBC and Wired Magazine, an upcoming trip to Silicon Valley and participation in the MIT Global Startup Workshop.

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Transforming Technology Transfer in Russia
CRDF Global has trained more than 300 technology transfer managers and assisted eight leading research universities with establishing technology transfer offices, which significantly contributed to the establishment of the local innovation ecosystem. The Programs include professional skills development seminars, workshops, academia and industry international conferences, and site visits to the United States for technology transfer professionals. Similar activities have strengthened the technology commercialization capabilities of more than 20 research universities of the Russian Federation.

Accessing U.S. Markets
Since 2005, CRDF Global has implemented more than 20 U.S. travel programs for close to 90 participants representing dozens of universities, research institutes and technology companies from Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and collaborated with such prominent U.S. organizations as MIT, Babson College, Garage Technology Ventures, Plug & Play Incubator, CleanTech Open and others. Based on the scalable and highly customizable format of the Innovation U.S. travel programs and existing cache of experience, best practices and partners, CRDF Global is able to design and implement results-oriented and cost-effective programs that perfectly fit the objectives and needs of a diverse range of partner organizations in emerging markets.

Building Institutional Capacity
Since 2005, CRDF Global has partnered with the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF), one of the most successful IT-focused technology business incubators and consulting companies in the Caucasus region, to implement its Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). With co-funding from the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Armenia, EIF implemented more than 15 STEP activities including the Business Partnership Grant (BPG) program, Innovation Forums, cluster seminars, business trainings for scientific community, legal and accounting seminars and matchmaking events. Through its partnership with CRDF Global, EIF strengthened communication channels between science and private sectors, gained broader access to the U.S. business network and scaled up its outreach and programs to non-IT sectors—becoming one of the focal entrepreneurshipsupport organizations in Armenia and in the region.

Ziad Sankari, CardioDiagnostics

Providing Access to Capital
The “ecoFridge,” a revolutionary refrigeration system used to transport perishable products, was developed by a team of Ukrainian scientists with a U.S. business partner who participated in a CRDF Global research and development grant competition. CRDF Global provided training and mentorship to the team to prepare them to effectively pitch the ecoFridge at a venture forum in Los Angeles, CA. As a result, the team obtained $2.2 million of follow-on capital investment to develop their business, and EcoFridge is now being adopted by companies around the world who appreciate its environmental benefits and cost efficiency.

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About Dar Teknohama Business Incubator
The Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) promotes the growth of ICT technology-based emerging companies contributing to job creation and enhanced economic health of the nation. The incubator serves as a hub for technology start-ups and actively identifies and provides for the value-added services required to support incubator clients’ success. Turning an idea into a profitable business requires a lot, DTBi provides the valuable support entrepreneurs need. DTBi assists startups and early stage ICT companies by lowering the cost of business and increasing the chances of business survival by providing access to shared resources, facilitating access to finance and markets through credible support, guidance and business management, and etworking for technical trends and opportunities to access markets. Monetizing high-tech businesses Our intention is to create a dynamic eco-system to monetize innovative high-tech companies and support creative ICT entrepreneurs in Tanzania. We are business driven but a “Not-for-Profit” entity. The Incubator has its own Board whose members come from the Private Sector (including Banking sector), Government, Civil Society, Academia and Telecommunications sectors. Our business model Innovative ICT entrepreneurs apply for incubation. We select the best business plans, concepts and teams. We sign a 4-year agreement for incubation. Companies get office space, power, high-speed internet access and conference rooms. DTBi provides mentoring and coaching, guidance and access to seed funding and contacts in business and government agencies. We earn a percentage of their annual gross turn-over. We operate on a very lean annual operational budget

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LIONS@FRICA
A New Optimism for Startups in Africa
Six of the world’s ten fastest-growing economies over the past decade were in Sub-Saharan Africa. As the continent’s population becomes increasingly educated and affluent, the global business community is looking to capitalize on the increase in human and financial resources in the region. At the same time, real startups are being created in Africa, developing real-world solutions worthy of investment and global attention. The awakening of the African economy provides an opportunity for global and African entrepreneurs and enterprises to forge partnerships for mutual benefit. In recognition of Africa’s economic emergence, the U.S. Department of State, in collaboration with Microsoft, Nokia, DEMO, infoDev, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the African Development Bank, and Startup Weekend, launched Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations, or LIONS@FRICA at the 2012 World Economic Forum on Africa. This new public-private partnership seeks to enhance and deepen the startup and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast-growing African economies.

$2.6 trillion

Africa’s estimated consumer spending in 2020

700 million

Estimated number of mobile connections in Africa

$65 billion

The Four Pillars
LIONS@FRICA promotes the 4C’s of engagement:

Signature Programs

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CAPACITY  strengthening the capacity of African startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators to compete in the global marketplace through training, business exchanges, and competitions. CONNECTIVITY  providing a platform for the most innovative companies from across Africa to showcase their products and announce to Africa and the world what they have developed. CREDIBILITY  launching an awareness-raising campaign to bring credibility to Africa’s emerging innovation and startup ecosystem. CAPITAL  driving investment from both local and international private capital sources to technologydriven small and growing businesses in agriculture, public health and education, financial services, energy and clean technology, and other sectors.

DEMO AFRICA | A pan-African launchpad for emerging technology 5% and trends. The event is geared Sub-Saharan Africa’s towards identifying leading innovaEstimated Economic tors and supporting fast-growing Growth in 2012 technology startups. Hand-selected classes of new products are introduced to the world for the very first time to global press and prolific bloggers; investors; corporate acquirers; strategic partners and buyers. MEET THE LIONS | An event where selected African startups will be given the opportunity to present their business plans to prominent African entrepreneurs and business executives in an effort to secure an investment. VC ROUNDTABLES | A roundtable aimed at providing venture capitalists with an opportunity to engage with the investor community and explore tech sector investment opportunities. GIST BOOTCAMP | The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) program builds capacity for young scientists and technology entrepreneurs to translate innovative technologies into new products, companies, and jobs. STARTUP WEEKENDS | A series of 54-hour hands-on experiential events where developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products, and launch startups. APPS4AFRICA | A competition that supports African social entrepreneurs who use technology to solve societal problems. The competition brings together the public and private sector, universities, NGOs, and African technology innovators for collaborative workshops, with the goal of creating new mobile, web, and desktop applications that address local challenges.

Estimated flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Africa in 2012

LIBERALIZING INNOVATION OPPORTUNITY NATIONS

An Emerging Africa Partnership

www.state.gov/s/partnerships

For more information on how to join LIONS@FRICA, please contact Lorin Kavanaugh-Ulku at LIONS@state.gov www.meetthelions.org

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infoDev’s support of the GIST Startup Boot Camp - East Africa made possible by the Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy Program Funded by the Government of Finland
Innovative, technology-driven Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Africa, Asia, and Europe & Central Asia are now benefiting from a new partnership between the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Nokia, and infoDev – the global development financing program housed within the World Bank Group’s Financial and Private Sector Development Network (FPD) - a joint group of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. The €12.9 million program Creating Sustainable Businesses in the Knowledge Economy focuses on enhancing the competitiveness of emerging market SMEs in the information and communication technologies (ICT) and agribusiness sectors in particular. The program also employs the use of the mobile communications platform to grow content, services and applications for developing countries. The three partner organizations created the program to foster the adoption of ICT technologies and innovative, technology-driven business models in developing countries. This approach is known to have a transformative, long-lasting effect on economically, socially and environmentally sustainable development efforts.

UPCOMING GIST EVENTS UPCOMING GIST EVENTS
UPCOMING EVENTS
GIST Tech-I Competition Launch GIST Startup Boot Camp Tanzania GIST TechConnect: Bootstrapping for your venture GIST Tech-I Competition Deadline GIST TechConnect: Raising capital for your venture GIST Tech-I Finals at Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia GIST TechConnect: Networking for your venture GIST Boot Camp Jordan GIST Boot Camp Gulf Region

DATE
April 18, 2013 May 7-8, 2013 May 13, 2013 June 17, 2013 September 10, 2013 October 9-10, 2013 November 19, 2013 TBD TBD

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GIST PARTNERS GIST PARTNERS
TANZANIA Building local entrepreneurial ecosystems together JORDAN REGIONAL

TURKEY

INDONESIA

SENEGAL

MALAYSIA

BANGLADESH

PAKISTAN

EGYPT

TUNISIA

ALGERIA

NIGERIA

TANZANIA

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Best of GIST Startup Boot Camp
THREE IDEAS I HAD NOT THOUGHT OF BEFORE: PEOPLE I WANT TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER: @ @ @ @ @ @ PRESENTATIONS I MUST CHECK ON LATER:

FAVORITE QUOTES:

WEBSITES I HAVE TO CHECK OUT:

TOP FIVE PEPLE TO FOLLOW UP WITH:

THINGS I FEEL INSPIRED TO DO AFTER THIS BOOT CAMP:

MOST INTERESTING IDEA I HAD:

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RESOURCES RESOURCES
Entrepreneur and Business News
Entrepreneur – www.entrepreneur.com News and resources for business, finance, technology, marketing, startups, etc. Inc.com – www.inc.com News resource for business, finance, technology, leadership & management, sales, start-ups, etc. Red Herring – www.redherring.com Technology news resources VentureBeat – www.venturebeat.com News resource for technology and finances Afriqueitnews - www.afriqueitnews.com The leading West African website for tech startup news

Non-Government Programs
Dar Teknohama Business Incubator- http://www.teknohama.or.tz Entrepreneur Week - http://www.entrepreneurweek.net/ Entrepreneur Meetup - http://entrepreneur.meetup.com/ Global Community for Advancing Studies on Entrepreneurship - http://www.gcase.org/ 10,000 Women Initiative - http://www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000women/about-the-program/index.htmlv Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium - http://entrepreneurship.intel.com/community/gels-community Global Entrepreneurship Week - http://www.unleashingideas.org/ Microsoft BizSpark - http://www.microsoft.com/bizspark OPEC Fund for International Development - http://www.ofid.org/ Global Student Entrepreneur Awards - http://www.gsea.org/ YoungEntrepreneur.com - http://www.youngentrepreneur.com/about-us/

U.S. Government Programs
A New Beginning: Entrepreneurship & Business Innovation – http://anewbeginning.eonetwork.org/ Youth Livelihoods Alliance - http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2012/10/198490.htm TechGirls - http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/techgirls.html TechWomen - http://www.techwomen.org/ The Global Entrepreneurship Program - http://www.state.gov/e/eb/cba/entrepreneurship/gep/index.htm Partners for a New Beginning - http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/new-beginning Global Women’s Mentorship Program - http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/professionals/fortunepartnership.html Center for Entrepreneurship and Executive Development - http://www.ceed-global.org/web/default.aspx The Entrepreneurship Toolkit - http://egateg.usaid.gov/sites/default/files/USAID_State%20Entrepreneurship%20Toolkit_0.pdf Apps4Africa- http://apps4africa.org

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