COMPETITION FINALS

GIST TECH-I

Competition Finals
4TH Global Entrepreneurship Summit
October 9-12, 2013 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

GIST Tech-I

The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS
U.S. Department of State Welcome Message 2 CRDF Global Welcome Message 3 Agenda 4 GIST @ GES 6 GIST Tech-I Competition 7 GIST Tech-I Semifinalists at a Glance 8 Startup Stage Semifinalists 10 Idea Stage Semifinalists 25 GIST Alumni 40 Speakers, Mentors & Judges 42 GIST Advisory Group 47 CRDF Global GIST Team 49 U.S. Department of State GIST Team 51 GIST Tech-I Selection Process 52 GIST Mentor Highlight 53 CRDF Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs 54 GIST in the News 56 GIST Activities 58 Resources 59 GIST Partners 60 Best of GIST Tech-I Finals at GES 61

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The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

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WELCOME MESSAGE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

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Welcome to the third annual GIST Tech-I Final Competition and Award Ceremony. As President Obama said,

“We believe entrepreneurs can create jobs that fortify relationships between countries, build global markets, and help fulfill the dreams of all who desire that freedom to make of their lives what they will.”
The GIST Tech-I competition highlights the potential of entrepreneurs worldwide to facilitate the creation of high-impact technology startups. GIST Tech-I is an important part of our Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative which implements a network of programs to identify, train, and connect young innovators. GIST provides the mentorship, seed funding and market exposure needed for young entrepreneurs to succeed. The U.S. Department of State supports GIST and works in partnership with CRDF Global to create technology entrepreneurship role models through activities like GIST Tech-I. The past two years’ Tech-I group of young problem-solvers demonstrated their positive impact on communities around the globe through their innovations. It is my pleasure to welcome this third inspirational and formative group. Congratulations to all of the participants and best wishes on growing your ideas and startups into businesses that have strong economic and societal impact. Sincerely,

Kerri-Ann Jones, Ph.D. Assistant Secretary The Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs

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Dear Entrepreneurs and all who support them, CRDF Global and the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative welcome you to the 4th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by the government of Malaysia. We are very proud to present a talented group of 30 aspiring young entrepreneurs who are finalists in the annual GIST Tech-I Competition. They join a rapidly-growing, global GIST community of more than180,000 people. Since 2011, GIST has trained 1,000 entrepreneurs from the Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Turkey. We have offered mentorship to 470 people and provided critical skills-training and funding opportunities to enable hundreds of early-stage ventures to move their start-ups forward. Through GIST, CRDF Global connects people who, though they may live across the globe, speak the same language – people who believe in the power of entrepreneurship and the power of young and dynamic innovators to improve their communities, countries, and regions.

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WELCOME MESSAGE
CRDF GLOBAL

GIST is very privileged to have with us in Kuala Lumpur enthusiastic and forward-thinking mentors, judges and speakers to share their insights and advice. Several GIST partner organizations, including Startup Malaysia, Dar Technoham Business Incubator (DTBI), Malaysian Technology Development Corporation (MTDC), N2V, the Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center of Egypt (TIEC), NaiLab, MIT-EF chapters (of the Pan Arab Region, Turkey and Pakistan), Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), Tenmoun, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV) and the African Incubator Network, have provided dedicated support. They represent an important part of the expanding network that CRDF Global, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, is developing through GIST. They all are members of the extended GIST family, and I extend my deepest gratitude to them and to the CRDF Global GIST team, for making this initiative such a success. Congratulations to the GIST Tech-I Competition participants. We look forward to an amazing experience in Kuala Lumpur as we help you pursue your dreams. Good luck! Sincerely,

Cathleen A. Campbell President and Chief Executive Officer
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AGENDA
09:00 - 09:30 09:30 - 10:30 10:30 - 11:45 Welcome Remarks & Introductions Icebreaker and Entrepreneur Introductions Jim Bagnola, The Leadership Group

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Day 1 - Wednesday, October 9, 2013: Pre-GES, Closed to Public, in GIST Rooms 304-305

Learn: Business Model Canvas & International Customer Discovery Overview: Learn how to create your dynamic roadmap to market validation and success. Chuck Easley, Stanford University Do: Determine Your Value Proposition Session: Practice determining what problem you solve, your customer segments, & your channels to reach customers. Scott Hartley, Mohr Davidow Ventures Lunch Learn: Business Model Canvas Exploratory Session: Understand international marketing and sales techniques. Chuck Easley, Stanford University Learn: Global Networking and Partnership Formation Session: Polish your networking skills and leverage the GES using the People’s Choice Award. Ovidiu Bujorean, CRDF Global Break Learn: Customer Development 101: Define your customers, create customer interview templates, and perform customer interviews. Chuck Easley, Stanford University Do: Teams continue working on the business model canvas Present your Business Model Canvas: Three randomly selected entrepreneurs will present their business model canvases for feedback from experts and peers. Debrief and Prepare for October 10 GIST Welcoming Reception and Networking Fireside Chat with GIST Speakers Ask any questions – life or business advice – of GIST experts. Learn & Do: Investor Pitching Session: Learn to tell a story and convince an investor to buy-in to your vision. All entrepreneurs will get to practice their elevator pitches. Natalia Pipia, CRDF Global & Scott Hartley, Mohr Davidow Ventures Break Learn: Determining Cost Structure and Revenue Streams Chuck Easley, Stanford University Lunch
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Day 2 - Thursday, October 10, 2013: Pre-GES, Closed to Public. in GIST Rooms 304-305 9:00 - 9:45 9:45 - 10:45 10:45 - 11:00 11:00 - 12:00 12:00 - 13:00

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13:00 - 14:00 14:00 - 14:20 14:20 - 14:30 14:30 - 15:30 15:30 - 16:15 16:15 - 17:30 17:30 - 17:45 8:45 - 11:15 Discussion and Preparation for Innovation Showcase Gallery GIST Team Mentorship: Own the Relationship and Be a Star Founder Jim Bagnola, The Leadership Group Break Do: Teams continue working on investor pitches.

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Mentoring of Top 15 Startups with GIST Alums and Mentors 15 Startup Stage entrepreneurs get one-one-one mentorship. 15 Idea Stage entrepreneurs continue working on their investor pitches. Mentoring of Top 15 Idea Stage with GIST Alums and Mentors 15 Idea Stage entrepreneurs get one-on-one mentorship. 15 Startup Stage teams continue working on their investor pitches. Debrief and Final Reminders for GES and Tech-I Pitching GES Summit Opening Ceremony & Keynotes Addresses, Open to Public, Plenary Hall Innovation Gallery Showcase, Open to Public, Ballroom 1 - GIST entrepreneurs display their products & interact with GES delegates. Lunch GIST Tech-I Idea Stage Pitching–Open to the Public, Rooms 304-305 15 Idea Stage entrepreneurs pitch for a total of 10 minutes each (5 minute presentations with 5 minutes of Q&A). Judges Deliberate Bank Negara Business Networking Reception West Wing Concourse, Level 3 GES Dinner, Location TBD Coffee at GES GIST Tech-I Startup Stage Pitching –Open to the Public, Rooms 304-305 15 Startup Stage entrepreneurs pitch for a total of 10 minutes each (5 minute presentations with 5 minutes of Q&A). Lunch and Judges Deliberate GIST Entrepreneurs attend GES Breakout #3 Lessons Learned & Going Forward, Rooms 304-305 GIST Entrepreneurs head to GIST Awards Ceremony GIST Awards Ceremony, Open to Public, Plenary Hall Formal Closing of the Summit, Open to Public, Plenary Hall
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Day 3 - Friday, October 11, 2013: GES Day 1 From Broken to Brilliant, Open to Public, Rooms 304-305- Laying the groundwork for coming up with ideas for your business. Moderated by: Natalia Pipia, CRDF Global Panelists: Jeff Hoffman, Priceline. com; Rodger Wyse, Burril & Company; Scott Hartley, Mohr Davidow Ventures; Ai Ching Gor, Pictochart; Natalia Ardianto, Ticket.com

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Day 4 - Saturday, October 12, 2013: GES Day 2

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A part of the GES since 2011

/GISTInitiative

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GIST @ GES OCTOBER 11-12, 2013

Come and meet the top GIST science and technology entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. An integral part of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit since 2011, the final round of the GIST Technology Idea (Tech-I) competition is your opportunity to meet the next generation of young men and women who want to change the world. READ ABOUT AND VOTE FOR THE TOP 30 SEMIFINALISTS @ HTTP://TINY.CC/GISTatGES

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VOTE FOR THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

OCTOBER 11 INNOVATION SHOWCASE BALLROOM 1

OCTOBER 11 FROM BROKEN TO BRILLIANT PANEL & WORKSHOP ROOM 304 & 305

OCTOBER 11 & 12 PITCHING SESSION ROOM 304 & 305

OCTOBER 12 AWARD CEREMONY PLENARY HALL

GIST ALUMNI

ENERGY

HEALTH

ICT

Hind Hobeika, Lebanon Founder, Instabeat

Muhammad Saimum Hossain, Bangladesh Founder, Greenovation Technologies

James Khoo, Malaysia Founder, SecQMe

Meet these and other GIST alumni and GIST Tech-I semifinalists at GES! The GIST Initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in 54 countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Turkey by identifying, mentoring, and supporting the most promising science and technology entrepreneurs.

WHAT IS GIST?

GIST TECH-I
Global competition to identify and support the most promising technology and science entrepreneurs.
GLOBAL COMMUNITY

GIST BOOT CAMPS
Two day on the ground hands-on support for the most promising ventures.
CAPITAL RAISED

GIST TECHCONNECT
Live video broadcast with seasoned entrepreneurs offering tips to improve startup ventures.
JOBS CREATED

IMPACT

MENTOR NETWORK

190K+

$21M

300+

ICT
Catherine Kiguru, Kenya Co-founder, Ukall Ltd.

800+

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GIST TECH-I

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

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

GIST Tech-I Competition
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

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AdvanTag
@advantagme Country: UAE Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, E-Commerce TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder & CEO: Adam Eldaba adaba@advantag.me Co-Founder & CTO: Mo Shahin mshahin@advantag.me
Present Target Market: Consumers and Merchants in the UAE Expansion Potential: North America and the rest of the Middle East

AdvanTag
AdvanTag is a location based cloud loyalty platform empowered by social media that allows consumers to have access to the supplier base and to share rewards with friends on their networks. It was targeted only for restaurants, but as consumer trends have changed, it has been adapted for retail shops, salons and malls. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://www.advantag.me

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_AdvanTag

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DAWTEC
Country: Lebanon Stage of Development: Startup Sector: Energy, Green Architecture Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Founder & Director: Wissam Daou @widaou wdaou@dawtec.com Sales Engineer: Sandra Aoun saoun@dawtec.com
Present Target Market: Green architecture consumers in Lebanon Expansion Potential: MENA then Africa, Asia, & the Americas

DAWTEC
DAWTEC, founded in 2003, offers architectural solutions to mechanical systems without affecting performance through its new product, the Pergola Solar System. It heats water through collecting solar energy while preserving an aesthetic image. DAWTEC was announced the “Be a Market” leader in 2011 by the Ministry of Water and Energy. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://www.dawtec.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_DAWTEC

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Eneza Education
Country: Kenya Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, Mobile Based Education Patented: Yes TEAM @GES: Operations Director & Co-Founder: Chris Asego chris@enezaeducation.com

Eneza Education
Eneza Education provides access to quality study materials aligned with local content using mobile devices. Eneza was created by Co-Founder and CEO Toni Maraviglia while he was living in a hut in rural Nyanza, Kenya.

Present Target Market: Marginalized students in Kenya Expansion Potential: Marginalized students in East Africa

Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://enezaeducation.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Eneza

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Exa.io
Country: Bahrain Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, Computer Animation TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder: Zakaria Ben Hamouche @zakariaBH zakaria@exa.io

Exa.io
Exa.io provides animation studios and freelancers with a 100x faster rendering process without the fixed costs. The software is based on Co-Founder Mohammed A. Shaikhaldeen’s supercomputer prototype, built cost effectively using graphics processing units. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Present Target Market: 3D animation & rendering in Bahrain and select Middle Eastern countries Expansion Potential: 3D animation & rendering throughout the Middle East

Website: www.exa.io

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Exa

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Farmspace Africa
@a6ers Country: Kenya Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT/Agriculture, Agribusiness Financing TEAM @ GES: Chief Geek & Co-Founder: Alex Muriu alex@muriu.me
Present Target Market: Agribusiness entrepreneurs in Kenya Expansion Potential: Agribusiness entrepreneurs in all developing nations

Farmspace Africa
Farmspace Africa is an Agribusiness financing mechanism that brings together traditional and non-traditional lenders through a profit sharing, crowd-funded lending system that utilizes a mobile and web technology interface. This is the second initiative of After 6 Labs, an innovation hub based in Nairobi, which is focused on developing, deploying, and showcasing new generation, mobile-first applications that address Africa’s unique social needs. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://after6creatives.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FarmspaceAfr

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Faso Soap
Country: Burkina Faso Stage of Development: Startup Sector: Health, Disease Prevention & Control TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder: Moctar Dembélé technopole@2ie-edu.org Co-Founder: Gérard Niyondiko technopole@2ie-edu.org
Present Target Market: Population in Burkina Faso at risk of malaria Expansion Potential: Population in Sub-Saharan Africa with low income and those at risk of malaria

Faso Soap
Faso Soap is an anti-malaria solution that repels mosquitos. The soap is produced from local sources and sold at an affordable cost to low income households. According to the World Health Organization, nearly half of the world population is at risk of contracting malaria. In Africa, malaria remains the leading cause of mortality. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FasoSoap
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Fingers Hear Sounds
TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder: Suha Rafiq Tabakhi @suhatba star_tabakhi@yahoo.com

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Country: Jordan Stage of Development: Startup Sector: Health, Consumer Electronics Patented: Yes

Fingers Hear Sounds
Fingers Hear Sounds is a device that helps hearingimpaired individuals to communicate effectively by converting the vibration of sound to pulses on the fingertips. This product is more affordable than implants in the market and allows hearing-impaired individuals to communicate without sign language. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Present Target Market: Deaf community in Jordan Expansion Potential: Deaf community worldwide

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FingersHear
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Goutra
Country: Algeria Stage of Development: Startup Sector: Energy, Water Conservation Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder: Mustapha Lakhdari mustapha.lakhdari@goutra.com
Present Target Market: Real estate companies and high income population in Algeria Expansion Potential: General population in Algeria and other countries

Goutra
Goutra is a water saving system that allows users to see a detailed report of water consumption in real time. This electronic device adapts to all types of faucets and wirelessly sends consumption data to storage where data is then analyzed by a software. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://goutra.wordpress.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Goutra

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Handasiyat.net
@handasiyat Country: Jordan Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, Construction Engineering TEAM @ GES: CEO & Co-Founder: Nermin Sa’d nermeen@handasiyat.net Project Manager & Co-Founder: Faisal Saleh faisal@handasiyat.net
Present Target Market: Construction market in a single Middle Eastern country Expansion Potential: Construction market in several Middle Eastern countries

Handasiyat.net
Handasiyat.net is a virtual construction engineering company that provides multiple engineering support services for firms operating in the MENA-region and is a finalist for the 2013 Red Herring Top 100 Asia Awards. Nermin Sa’d’s career as a female engineer in the Middle East was challenging at first until she started freelancing. She realized that women could only succeed in this male-dominated sector through an online platform and that is how Handasiyat.net was born. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.handasiyat.net Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Handasiyat
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Hometown
Country: Pakistan Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, E-Commerce for Handicrafts Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Co-CEO: Sidra Qasim @sidraqasim sidra@hometownshoes.com Co-CEO : Waqas Ali @waqasaday waqas@hometownshoes.com
Present Target Market: Leather handicraft consumers in North America and Europe Expansion Potential: Leather handicraft consumers in the Middle East and Asia

Hometown
Hometown is a startup company that sells handmade shoes by Pakistani artisans globally. Despite Sidra’s parents initial reservations, she created a digital media agency, which eventually became Hometown.

Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://www.hometownshoes.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Hometown

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IdeaCentricity
Country: Pakistan Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, Social Platforms TEAM @ GES: CEO & Founder: Adnan Zafar Khawaja @adnanzkh adnan@ideacentricity.biz

IdeaCentricity
IdeaCentricity’s innovation platform, OddJobber, makes odd jobs easier to find for low-skilled workers, increasing their income opportunities. OddJobber informs qualified workers about opportunities over SMS and mobile phones and matches based on bids, skill, customer ratings, and proximity to service request point. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Present Target Market:   Low-skill laborers in Pakistan Expansion Potential: Low-skill laborers in the Middle East, North America and South Asia

Website: www.ideacentricity.biz Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_IdeaCentricity
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Kytabu - Textbook Subscription
Country: Kenya Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, Online Education Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Founder: Tonee Ndungu @toneendungu tonee@kytabu.org
Present Target Market: Publishing houses, government, and mobile services providers in Kenya Expansion Potential: East, Central, and South Africa

Kytabu - Textbook Subscription
Kytabu is a textbook subscription application that allows users to locally access curriculum textbooks stored on a mobile payment gateway. Tonee, the Founder, turned his dyslexia into a springboard to empower the youth in Kenya through products such as Kytabu.

Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://kytabu.org/

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_KytabuTextB

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Netizen Testing
@NetizenTesting Country: Malaysia Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, Usability Testing of Digital Products TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder: Alvin Chai alvin@netizentesting.com Co-Founder: Soon Aik sa@netizentesting.com
Present Target Market: Southeast Asia companies, like banks, e-commerce, game developers, and others with digital content on web and mobile devices. Expansion Potential: Asia Pacific region

Netizen Testing
Netizen Testing provides simple, affordable and accurate usability testing for website owners who want to improve the conversion rates of their website. Netizen is different from other usability testing sites because it uses crowd-sourced user recordings instead of consultants to lead focus groups, making this selfservice model affordable. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.NetizenTesting.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Netizen

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SMART SurgiSol
Country: Pakistan Stage of Development: Startup Sector: Health, Medical Devices Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Vice President (Corporate Affairs): Syed Y. Hassan @SyedYHassan yasir.hasan@seecs.edu.pk

SMART SurgiSol
SMART SurgiSol has developed a training solution for manual and robotic assisted laparoscopic surgery. It offers surgeons dynamic trainings, through which they can enhance their surgical skills. After the successful development of products over three years, Smart SurgiSol is ready for commercialization. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Present Target Market: Surgeons in Pakistan Expansion Potential: South Asia, Africa

Website: http://smart.seecs.nust.edu.pk/

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_SurgiSol

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Votek Tehnology (iArabi Ltd)
Country: Lebanon Stage of Development: Startup Sector: ICT, Speech Recognition Software TEAM @ GES: CEO and Co-Founder: Dr. Lojain Jibawi @lojainjibawi lojain@i3rabi.com

Votek Technology (iArabi Ltd)
Juhaina is an intelligent Arabic Voice-enabled virtual assistant platform, powered by Votek Technology. Juhaina can recognize, analyze and understand standard and dialectical Arabic speech with 95% accuracy. Invented and implemented in the Middle East, Juhaina will allow every Arabic company to adopt its own Siri. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Present Target Market: Mobile operators, banks and financial service providers, airlines and travel agencies, as well as entertainment and smart game market Expansion Potential: Android platform, banks, airlines, and support for other languages

Website: http://www.votek.me

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_VotekTech

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Braci
@Braciinc Country: Jordan Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT/Health, Consumer Electronics Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Design Manager: Amr Wanley amro_wanley2002@hotmail.com

Braci
Braci is a wireless solution for the hearing impaired that detects a broad range of sounds and alerts users through vibration and flashing lights. Anwar, a heavy sleeper, conceived and made the device to wake him up on time for his early university classes.

Present Target Market: Hearing-impaired & elderly populations, heavy sleepers Expansion Potential: Parents, music lovers, cyclists, factory workers

Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.braci.co Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Braci
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Chef Maha
@chef_maha Country: Saudi Arabia Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT/Health, Healthy Food & Beverage TEAM @ GES: Founder: Maha Khalaf me@chefmaha.com Co-Founder: Muna Saleh muna.saleh@hotmail.com
Present Target Market: Working female population Expansion Market: Health-conscious individuals in MENA who are comfortable using technology

Chef Maha
Chef Maha is an e-catering business that will change the way people view healthy foods. This service was conceived by Maha, who decided to combine her love for cooking and programing into a perfect recipe for success.

Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: chefmaha.com

  Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_ChefMaha

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diaSMASH Beverage
Country: Bangladesh Stage of Development: Idea Sector: Health, Disease Prevention & Control TEAM @ GES: Founder & Chief Story-teller: Tonmoy Ananda Paul @TonmoyAnanda paul.tonmoy@gmail.com Chief Finance & Risk Management Officer: Saida Homaira saidahomaira@gmail.com
Present Target Market: People in urban Bangladesh suffering from health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure Expansion Potential: South and Central Asia

diaSMASH Beverage
diaSMASH Beverage is an engineered health drink proven to reduce blood glucose (combats diabetes) and cholesterol (prevents high blood pressure and heart attack risks). This low fat, low carbohydrate and high fiber health drink is also refreshingly energizing and sweetened without sugar. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_diaSMASH
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FireFighter
Country: Bangladesh Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Public Safety TEAM @ GES: CEO: Tarikul Islam @auronnogeorge auronnotarikul@yahoo.com COO: Md. Munzur Morshed morshed.munzur@gmail.com
Present Target Market: Garments factories in Bangladesh Expansion Potential: Garments factories in Southeast Asia

FireFighter
FireFighter is a comprehensive initial firefighting system that simultaneously activates the fire extinguisher in the fire-affected location and transmits signals to the fire brigade and traffic police. This system could save lives and millions of dollars in losses for garment factories in Bangladesh. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FireFighter
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GuideMe
@GuideMeDz

Country: Algeria Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT/Health, Consumer Electronics TEAM @ GES: CEO, Founder, Designer, Business Developer: Badreddine Zebbiche badreddinez19@gmail.com
Present Target Market: Visually-impaired community in North America Expansion Potential: Visually-impaired community in Asia

GuideMe
GuideMe is an obstacles detection device designed to provide audio guidance to visuallyimpaired individuals. It is integrated within shoes and signals the user via smart phone app. This technology could change the lives of some of the 285 million people who are visually impaired around the world. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.facebook.com/GuideMeDz

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_GuideMe

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Imagi

@ImagiVisualize Country: Indonesia Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Mobile Application for Home Design TEAM @ GES: CEO: Christian Wirawan christ.wirawan@gmail.com CTO: Ryan Nixon Salim ryan.nixon.salim@gmail.com
Present Target Market: Furniture stores in Indonesia Expansion Potential: Retail stores for items like furniture and art in Southeast Asia

Imagi
Imagi is an augmented reality mobile application that allows shoppers to visualize how an item, such as furniture, would fit in their space. By scanning an item’s QR Code, shoppers can immediately view the item in their camera or photos. This app integrates items from different stores, so the consumer does not have to download an app for each store. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.imagivisualize.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Imagi

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Medi Seafood and Krustacean (MSK)
Country: Tunisia Stage of Development: Idea Sector: Agriculture, Sustainable aquaculture TEAM @ GES: CEO & Founder: Mohamed Sadok Krifa mskrifa@yahoo.fr
Present Target Market: Luxury hotels and restaurants in Tunisia Expansion Potential: Luxury hotels and restaurants in Europe

Medi Seafood & Krustacean (MSK)
Medi Seafood & Krustacean (MSK) is a high-tech, organic, sustainable and environmentally-friendly shrimp farm. MSK’s biological treatment of water allows for its purification and reuse. Europe imports about 40% of the frozen shrimp market, but the amount of fresh organic shrimp is negligible, giving MSK a great competitive advantage. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.facebook.com/pages/Medi-Shrimp-Krustacean-MSK/

Video: http://bit.ly/Mediseafood

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NANO-TECH
Country: Pakistan Stage of Development: Idea Sector: Health, Water Purification TEAM @ GES: Founder: Anum Imtiaz anum_imtiaz87@yahoo.com Co-Founder: Faisal Afridi faisalafridi@live.com
Present Target Market: Middle and upper class in Pakistan who do not have access to clean water Expansion Potential: Low income communities in Pakistan

NANO-TECH
NANO-TECH specializes in the design and manufacturing of high-quality water filtration and treatment products that provide pure and safe drinking water. This could save the lives of millions of Pakistanis as it is estimated that 40% of deaths in the country are due to waterborne diseases. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_NANOTECH
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Presto Wireless
Country: Jordan Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Internet Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Chief Technical Officer: Ala’ Khalifeh @alafkh alafkh@gmail.com

Presto Wireless
Presto Wireless enables wireless data users to experience faster speeds, higher coverage, and higher reliability. This software will allow users in countries with slow internet connections to increase speed without upgrading the internet infrastructure.

Present Target Market: Wireless internet users, live video broadcasting companies, enterprises Expansion Potential: Countries with low-speed wireless internet access

Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: http://www.prestowireless.net

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_PrestoWireless

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Smarter++ Service
Country: Tunisia Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Mobile advertisement TEAM @ GES: General Manager: Nizar Ben Neji smarter.pp@gmail.com

Smarter++ Service
QR++ Service, a new product by Smarter++, offers wider data storage capacity (up to 4MB) for audio, video, images and texts - without internet access. This product is ideal for storing readable data, such as promotional videos, ads, trailers, index book pages, and other multimedia items used for marketing and business-to-consumer relationships. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Present Target Market: Companies interested in interactive mobile advertising in Tunisia Expansion Potential: Companies interested in interactive mobile advertising in the Middle East

Website: www.smarterpp.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_SmarterPP

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Smart Mouse
Country: Tunisia Stage of Development: Idea Sector: Health, Consumer Electronics TEAM @ GES: CEO: Mehdi Snene mehdi.snene@unige.ch CTO: Ouassim Snane snen.wassim@gmail.com
Present Target Market: International airports, hospitals and crisis management units in epidemic areas like the Middle East Expansion Potential: Open spaces area, companies with high traffic (e.g. banks, air traffic control)

Smart Mouse
Smart Mouse is a computer mouse that monitors employees’ health by tracking their body temperature and other behavioral indicators of oncoming sickness. This provides the basis for preventive measures that increase employee efficiency, reduce contamination in open-space areas, and reduce the number of medical absences. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award
Website: fit.unige.ch Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_SmartMouse

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TaxiBUL
Country: Turkey Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Mobile Applications for Transportation Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Founder: Mert Kucukozkan mert.kucukozkan@taxibul.com Co-Founder: Serkan Ari serkan.ari@taxibul.com
Present Target Market: Taxi drivers in Turkey Expansion Potential: Taxi drivers in Eastern Europe and Middle East

TaxiBUL
TaxiBUL is a mobile solution to hailing taxis that uses location-based technologies technologies to direct drivers to customers in close proximity. TaxiBUL is a transparent and secure mobile application both for customers and drivers. It helps drivers decrease their down time looking for customers and increase their daily revenues. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.taxibul.com.tr

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_TaxiBul

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Teletest
Country: Bangladesh Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Mobile Application for Education TEAM @ GES: CEO: Syed Ataullah Ibrahim @SAIbrahim974 fahim.amir70@yahoo.com Marketing Manager: Rezaul Karim blank_disk@yahoo.com
Present Target Market: Bangladeshi candidates of public university wanting to pass an admission test Expansion Potential: Public examination administrators in Bangladesh

Teletest
Teletest uses mobile technology to create an affordable, online, interactive distance learning experience for students. This reinvents the way students, especially the six million marginalized students in rural Bangladesh, access education. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Teletest
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ULostIFound
Country: Egypt Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Internet Social Platform Patented: Yes TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder & Designer: Ahmed Mansour Nasr @ahmed60311 amansour@allisootak.com Co-Founder & Project Manager: Diyaa Atiya datiya@allisootak.com
Present Target Market: Egyptians and tourists in Egypt who have lost or found something Expansion Potential: Other Middle Eastern countries

ULostIFound
ULostIFound is an online global lost-andfound office that connects people who have lost something or someone with people who can help locate the missing item or person by allowing both parties to post on the platform. The service is now available in seven languages. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Website: www.ulostifound.com Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_UlostIfound
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Vehicle Caretaker
Country: Pakistan Stage of Development: Idea Sector: ICT, Mobile Application for Transportation TEAM @ GES: Co-Founder: Muhammad Jafry @MuhammadHasanJa mhasanjafry@gmail.com Co-Founder: Noman Khalid nomankhalid93@gmail.com
Present Target Market: Pakistani mobile phone users who own a car, automobile dealer mechanics, and local mechanics Expansion Potential: Mobile subscribers in Europe and Asia

Vehicle Caretaker
Vehicle Caretaker is a smartphone application that allows people whose cars have been broken down to find a mechanic nearby or request onsite services and then rate their services. The market potential is large because Pakistan has the highest mobile penetration in South Asia and over 30% of the population owns a vehicle. Scan to vote for this venture in the GIST People’s Choice Award

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_VehicleCaretaker
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James Khoo Chen Shiang
Founder & CEO of SecQ.me ICT, Malaysia 2011 GIST Tech-I and GIST Journey

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Goh Ai Ching

Co-Founder & CEO of Piktochart ICT, Malaysia GIST Malaysia Startup Bootcamp

secq.me

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Dr. Khairul Idzwan Bin Baharin

Hind Hobeika

CEO of MyDerm Health, Malaysia 2011 GIST Tech-I I-Dare and GIST Journey

Founder, CEO & Lead Engineer of Butterfleye ICT/Health, Lebanon GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

myderm.ro

instabeat.me

Nizran Noordin

Founder & CEO of TaxiMonger ICT, Malaysia 2011 GIST Tech-I I-Dare

Perihan Abou-Zeid

Communications Director of Qabila Media Productions ICT, Egypt GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

taximonger.com

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Ali Raza Randhawa
Founder & CEO of PAK-Energy Solutions Energy, Pakistan 2011 GIST Tech-I I-Dare

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Jolene Sim

Marketing Director of Incentify ICT, Malaysia 2012 GIST Tech-I

pakenergysolution.com

incentify.asia

Muhammad Saimum Hossain

Managing Director, Greenovation Technologies Energy, Bangladesh 2011 GIST Tech-I I-Dare

Catherine Kiguru of Ukall
Founder & CEO of Ukall Limited ICT, Tanzania GIST Tanzania Boot Camp

greenovationtech.com

ukall.co.ke

Melvin Wong

CEO of FanXT ICT, Malaysia 2011 GIST Tech-I I-Dare

Natali Ardianto

Co-Founder of Tiket.com ICT, Indonesia 2012 GIST Tech-I

Dr. Rafik Guindi

CEO of SilGenix ICT, Egypt GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

fanxt.com

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Lanre Akinola, Editor, Financial Times @AkinolaLanre Lanre Akinola is the head of the editorial team at “This is Africa,” a special publication of the Financial Times. Lanre developed and continues to drive the adoption of social media and other forms of digital media. He helped develop, manage and execute several high-profile events for “This is Africa” and Financial Times Live. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London with a BA in Politics. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Lanre is now based in London. Jim Bagnola, President, The Leadership Group USA @JimBagnola Jim Bagnola is an international speaker, executive coach and corporate educator with expertise in the fields of leadership and body-mind management, focusing on how thinking patterns affect health, happiness, success, and the capacity to lead. His personal mission has been the coaching of young entrepreneurs and students, which he has done for the past 20 years in six continents. He also acts as chair of the board of Leaders Romania and traveling globally with AIESEC, the largest student organization in the world. Jason Best, Co-founder & Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors Jason is very active in US crowdfunding initiatives; he helped lead the U.S. fight to legalize equitybased crowdfunding, speaks globally on early stage finance and crowdfund investing, and authored Crowdfund Investing for Dummies. Within CCA, Jason works with clients from governments and NGOs to angel groups and PE/VC investment firms. He co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional Association and CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates, as well as the UC Berkeley Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance. James Chan, Co-founder and Principal, Neoteny Labs @m0t0chan Neoteny Labs manages an early-stage venture fund that invests between US $50K and US $500K in consumer Internet startups in Asia and the US. James Chan works closely with general partner Joichi Ito on the fund and its portfolio companies as well as runs investment and fund operations out of Singapore. He is also Director of Business Development & Operations at New Context Singapore, the largest worldwide lean software development consultancy that helps businesses develop great software along lean principles with methods that deliver excellence, reliability and predictability. Brian Crowley, Chief Executive, senseQa Sdn Bhd Brian John Crowley is the Chief Executive of senseiQa Sdn Bhd, a Company based in Kuala Lumpur that provides unified communication and colaboration systems. With more than 17 years of experience, he is an expert in the design, development, and implementation of UCCS systems. His company has worked with a wide variety of clients both locally and internationally on their implementations,. Brian is also a skilled trainer,he has been actively involved with training the Malaysian youth through the Malaysian Multimedia Development Corporation’s Preeseed funding programme.
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Jaleh Daie, Managing Partner, Aurora Equity and CRDF Global Board Member Dr. Jaleh Daie’s versatile career spans academia, foundations, business, NGOs and government. Currently, she is Managing Partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based company investing in start-up companies. She is also a member of the Band of Angels. Prior to this she was the head of science at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, providing executive and technical direction for a $120 million annual budget funding a diversified science and technology portfolio including the coveted Packard Science and Engineering Fellowships. Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, Founder, StartupMalaysia.org @DashInsights Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, startup catalyst and evangelist, founded StartupMalaysia.org startup. Dash’s inspiration and drive for StartupMalaysia stems from his deep desire to see more Malaysian startups globalize. His desire is further ignited when he is constantly told that Malaysian startups are not featured in global conversations. Dash leads the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) movement in Malaysia as its host for the last three years. Chuck Eesley, Assistant Professor, Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) @eesley Chuck Eesley’s research and teaching interests are institutions and technology entrepreneurship. His studies aim to identify the individual attributes, strategies and institutional arrangements that optimally drive high-growth entrepreneurship and, ultimately, economic growth. His work has been funded by Sequoia Capital, the Kauffman Foundation, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Hala Fadel, Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region @halafrangie Hala Fadel is a driven individual who believes in social change in the Arab region through youth empowerment. She believes that youth can be empowered through entrepreneurship and organized, constructive events in the region. Hala has founded numerous NGOs that cater to the advancement and development of youth, including the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab Region, which helped start over 120 businesses in the Arab region. Hala is also the Founder and Chair of the first car-free event in the Middle East, in which 12 kilometers of Tripoli, Lebanon, were free of cars for 24 hours. Dr. Carolina Garcia Rizo, Director of Worldwide Market Development at Cepheid Carolina Garcia Rizo is a technology commercialization expert in corporations as well as in research centers. She manages innovation projects worldwide across many industries, with particular expertise in clean technology, biotechnology, healthcare, payments and telecommunications. Carolina helps enterprise leaders set innovation strategy, find new growth opportunities and build sustainable innovation capabilities.
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Scott Gillespie, Commercialization Partner, Technology to VC (T2VC) Scott Gillespie is currently the founder and managing partner of the Jigsaw Group, an early stage investment and advisory group, and the commercialization partner for T2VC, a team that manages a technology venture fund and designs innovation ecosystems in emerging markets. Scott lectures at conferences, seminars, networking events, angel groups, universities and non-profits on various topics including innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and management, risk management, and environment management. Scott Hartley, Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures Scott is a partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a $2 billion Sand Hill venture capital firm, where he is focused on how social, mobile, and analytics are disrupting traditional verticals. He is a columnist at Forbes, a contributor on Bloomberg TV’s “Money Moves,” and a contributing author at MIT Press. Prior to venture capital, Scott worked at Google, Facebook, and Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. Passionate about global entrepreneurship, he has traveled to 70 countries, and is an international speaker with the US State Department, Google.org and MIT. Jennifer Haskell, Director, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, U.S. Department of State Jennifer Haskell’s previous assignments include management positions at US embassies in the Dominican Republic, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Israel, and Czechoslovakia; the Narcotics Affairs Section at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City; and as a consular officer in The Philippines. She has also served in the State Department’s Operations Center and the White House Situation Room. She graduated from the University of Oregon and Thunderbird School of Global Management. John Hurley, Senior Vice President, CRDF Global Throughout his decades-long career, John Hurley has led or contributed to international programs in four continents, focused on issues ranging from education and human rights to conservation, science and engineering. He was Vice President for Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, directing the Foundation’s international grantmaking in over 60 countries. Before that, he was Director of the Board on Science and Technology for International Development (BOSTID) at the National Research Council. Steve Koskie, Partner, LM250 Steve has founded, grown and achieved meaningful exits for technology companies in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His most recent start up (www.dipdive.com) was created by will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas fame and co-owned by Universal Music Group. Steve is frequently in demand as a conference speaker, personally presented with an Emmy Award, 2 CLIO Awards and a Global Media Award. To date he has raised over $150M for startups firms and has global connections within global brands, angel investors and leading VC firms.
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Berrak Kutsoy, Advisor to the Chairman, Pegasus Airlines; Young Entrepreneurs Berrak started her career as Foreign Operations Assistant in 1999 at BNP-AK-Dresdner Bank of Turkey. After earning her MBA in London, she returned to Turkey in late 2002 and served in a number of positions. Since May 2009 she has been advisor to the chairman of Pegasus Airlines as well as Young Entrepreneurs Board Coordinator of TOBB, a large Turkish NGO with 6,500 members from 81 provinces. 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 (OES) Jonathan Margolis currently oversees policies and programs in the areas of international science and technology cooperation, space and advanced technologies, and international health and biodefense at OES. He has had a distinguished career at the State Department working in a number of divisions. He has also conducted courses at American University and the Foreign Service Institute on environmental policy, negotiations, and international organizations. George Mulamula, CEO, DTBi George Mulamula has run several ICT companies and entrepreneurship activities and has written extensively on ICT, technology transfer and sustainable development. Prior to being CEO of DTBi, 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. For over 10 years, he has taught at various Institutions, and for over 15 years, he has consulted with international and regional organizations. Sherwood Neiss, Partner, Crowdfund Capital Advisors Sherwood Neiss is a global thought leader on Crowdfunding and an award-winning entrepreneur who co-authored the framework that became the legislation signed into law by President Obama legalizing debt and equity-based crowdfunding. He is a co-author of Crowdfund Investing for Dummies, the guide for entrepreneurs and investors looking to raise money from the crowd. Through his work with the US State Department, the World Bank and the University of California, Berkeley he produces comprehensive crowdfund investing material and advises governments and NGOs globally on building crowdfunding ecosystems so that startups and small businesses can access capital.

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Catherine Shu, Writer, TechCrunch @CatherineShu Catherine Shu is a TechCrunch writer based in Taipei. She started her career in New York City at the Wall Street Journal Online and Barron’s Online before moving to Asia. After studying Mandarin Chinese, Catherine put her language skills to the test by covering the design industry and culture in Taiwan’s capital for the Taipei Times. Her other journalism experience includes an investigative reporting internship at the Village Voice and numerous freelance writing gigs. Catherine graduated from Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. Gibs Song, Managing Consultant, Mane-Aquila Consulting @gibssong Gibs Song has over 25 years of experience in technology development, strategic planning, executive management, and venture investing around the world. He has founded, invested and advised eight different companies. Gibs has held positions including Project Manager of the Electric Vehicle Research Program at the Electrochemical Science and Technology Center at the University of Ottawa and Director of U.S. Operations for Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, and he remains a senior consultant at Cheil Industries and executive advisor to the Palo Alto Research Center. Scott Wu, Investor and Business Executive Scott Wu has devoted the past two decades to innovation – working with, launching, and investing in young companies and organizations to disrupt their respective sectors. Most recently, he was a member of the founding team of Upstart, which is pioneering crowdfunding for recent graduates. Previously, he co-founded several venture capital and investment firms – including FTV Capital and Blue Horizon Equity – that together manage over $1 billion. Scott has always remained involved with issues addressing education and global poverty.

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Rashid Al Ballaa, CEO, National Net Ventures (N2V) Rashid Al Ballaa is the founder of N2V, one of the largest internet holding companies in the MENA region that 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, Rashid spearheaded regional business development efforts of Mubasher, the first e-trading solution in the MENA region and founded Direct Broker for Financial Services (DBFS). H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs 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 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. Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari Corporation, Chuck E. Cheese Pizza and Brainrush @NolanBushnell Nolan Bushnell is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza Time Theater. Nolan 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, he is devoting his talents to fixing education with his new company, Brainrush, which uses video game metrics to addict learners to academic subjects; his beta software is teaching academic subjects with over 90% retention. 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. In her current position at Siguler Guff & Company, which she began in 2004, Dr. Dineen manages their $2 billion BRIC private equity investments. Prior to that, she worked with Cambridge Associates, British Telecommunications (BT), and Hughes Communication, expanding expand their business ventures
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Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Priceline.com, Founder, ColorJar & GIST Advisory Group Member @SpeakerJeff 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, Jeff has founded, grown, and exited a series of successful startup companies throughout his career. He dedicates significant time to mentoring other entrepreneurs. Jeff he has presented in over 40 countries worldwide and can be seen on Fox News, CNN, NBC, and other major media outlets.

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Ali Ismail Sabanci, Chairman and Director, Pegasus Airlines @aliismailsabanc Ali I. Sabanci has built a successful career in international finance. In 2004, he joined Esas Holding Corporation and advanced to his current position at Pegasus Airlines when it was purchased by Esas. He is a board member of Esas’s partner companies Izair Corporation and Air Berlin as well as a member of TYD, TÜSIAD, ISO and TAIK. Since 2009, Ali has also been a director of Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG and AFM Uluslararasi Film Produksiyon A.I.

Dr. Roger Wyse, Managing Director & General Partner, Burrill & Company Dr. Roger Wyse has led the development of agriculture, nutraceuticals, health and wellness, and industrial biotechnology projects at Burrill & Company, a leading life sciences company that manages $1 billion in venture capital. Dr. Wyse is on the board 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-clean tech, and the use of venture capital as a component of an open innovation strategy for emerging economies.

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Natalia Pipia, Associate Program Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global LinkedIn Natalia Pipia develops and oversees Entrepreneurship & Innovation Programs at CRDF Global. She expands and generates new opportunities with the private sector, foundations, and international organizations that share CRDF Global’s mission. She executes several programs, including GIST and VentureOut Initiative, that support hundreds of early stage entrepreneurs in the Middle East, Africa, Eurasia, South East Asia, and the Caribbean regions by providing education, technical skills, seed funding, and U.S. market access to entrepreneurs. Natalia advises on policy and programs that promote all aspects of entrepreneurial ecosystem building.

Ovidiu Bujorean, GIST Senior Manager, CRDF Global LinkedIn Ovidiu Bujorean built a network of global partnerships with likeminded organizations such as MIT Enterprise Forum, Startup Malaysia, TOBB/ Tepav, Infodev and Microsoft as well as attracted the support of globally recognized entrepreneurs and investors such as Jeff Hoffman cofounder and former CEO of Priceline, Nolan Bushnell Co-founder of Atari and Ali Sabanc, Chairman of Pegasus Airlines. He was Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer technologies. Ovidiu founded LEADERS, an organization that impacted the lives of 10K+ young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe. Ovidiu is a graduate of MIT Sloan (MBA) and Harvard Kennedy School (MPA).

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Yuritzi Acosta, Associate Program Manager, CRDF Global LinkedIn Yuritzi Acosta has over five years of experience in international program management. For the last two years, she has been actively engaged in implementing programs focused on entrepreneurship support and working with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and startups from all over the world. She has helped develop a network of entrepreneurs, angel and venture investors, incubators, business accelerators, universities and other stakeholders to support these aspiring entrepreneurs. She has coordinated a number of programs funded by local and international agencies, and has lived in countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe. Fidan Karimova, Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative LinkedIn Fidan Karimova joined GIST in October 2012, focusing on GIST’s media and communications efforts, as well as implementing the GIST TechConnect live video broadcasts. Since she joined the team, GIST’s social network has seen a two-fold increase, from 80K to 190K+ followers, and the live broadcasts have reached over 6,500 viewers around the globe. She has traveled extensively, including living abroad in China, Italy, and Spain and working for the summer at the UN in Azerbaijan. Fidan has a degree in International Business and Environmental Management and enjoys combining those two fields of interest in her work. Amanda Gant, Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative LinkedIn Amanda Gant joined GIST in March 2012, working 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, an experience that inspired her to study international development with the hope of empowering others to realize their dreams by starting their businesses. Amanda supports her local community by organizing the annual “Glover Park Day,” which showcases local area businesses and non-profits; she also leads service-oriented ecotourism trips to Nicaragua to promote travel and cultural exchange.

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Dr. Sara Klucking, Global Engagement Team Lead, U.S. Department of State LinkedIn Sara Klucking came to the U.S. Department of State from the Science and Technology Directorate of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she managed a diverse S&T portfolio of risk analytics, simulation modeling, and health security projects aimed at supporting science based decision making in health security and counterterrorism program investments in DHS and the broader homeland security enterprise. Her federal service began through an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship and included a year serving in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Brookings Institution Legis Congressional Fellow. Dr. Anna Quider, GIST & Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State LinkedIn 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. Ms. Kathryn Pharr, Science, Technology & Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State LinkedIn Ms. Kathryn Pharr, PMP, manages programs that enhance the impact of science, technology, and innovation to solve global and local challenges, including the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative. Previously, Ms. Pharr used her chemistry masters degree to help a start-up sustainable natural care company receive a worldwide exclusive patent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also worked with USAID in Egypt, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Indonesia. Mr. Luke Thompson, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of State LinkedIn Luke Thompson designs, implements, and oversees foreign assistance programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs. He works to address pressing global challenges in energy, health, and natural resources through championing the role of science, technology, and innovation in strengthening relationships, informing policy decisions, solving problems, and stimulating economic growth. Previously, Mr. Thompson managed a grant program at Boston University that commercialized biomedical innovations with the aim of improving patient outcomes.
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Scott Gillespie is Founder and Managing Partner of the Jigsaw Group; an investor, civic entrepreneur, mentor and advisor to early stage ventures; and has three decades of global experience. Currently, Scott is Managing Partner of the Jigsaw Group, an early stage investment and advisory group, andCommercialization Partner for T2VC, a team that manages a technology venture fund and designs innovation ecosystems in emerging markets (see www.t2vc.com). With T2VC, Scott developed and delivered the Bedaya program to early stage ventures in Palestine. This included global mentors and EiRs, group trainings in sales, business models, partnering, funding, tailored training and support programs, personalized venture roadmaps, new market initiatives with Jordan, Iraq, Canada and the UAE; this activity has led to follow-on projects for T2VC in the region. Scott shares his insights and experiences at conferences, seminars, networking events, angel groups, universities and non-profits. He lectures on innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and management, risk management and environment management. Scott is also a co-founder and convener of Power of Angel Investing in Australia, and is active with the nonprofit Yacht Aid Global (YAG), which sources education and medical supplies and transports them to regions struck by disaster using mega yachts (see www.yachtaidglobal.org). Scott’s entrepreneurial career began in 1996 as the founder of the Jigsaw Group. In over 15 years at the Jigsaw Group, Scott has has invested, co-founded, organized funding, guided, and turned around ventures in electric vehicles, new media, software, net tools, composite building materials, VOIP, community portals, broadcast tools, business tools, F&B, new media and publishing. While investing and growing early stage ventures, Scott and the Jigsaw Group have assisted in the operational transformation of corporations and governments, including the Australian Institute of Commercialization (in training and new services), Sabre (in RHQ and sales process), ADI (in commercialization of defense), Telstra (in wireless), and Standards Australia (in new products and services). Scott led the ExpatriateCONNECT Initiative, which became a virtual network of more than 2500 mentors who have supported more than 400 export-motivated Australian ventures. Scott has a bachelor’s degree in business (finance), an MBA (in marketing); and is a Certified Licensing Professional, a Certified Financial Planner (academic pending practical), and life learner. Currently, Scott is on the advisory panel for YAG. He has been on the boards and advisory panels of numerous ventures, associations, and companies, including: • Australia & New Zealand Association of Business Incubators (ANZABI), • Greater Northern Adelaide Regional Development Organization (GNARDO), • Technology Parks Australia (TPA), • CommerceNet Australia (CNA), • Sydney Angels, and the Australian Association of Angel Investors (AAAI), • Leading Links Club, and • Committees of the Certified Licensing Professionals (CLP).

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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS
INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS

CRDF Global is a private, non-governmental organization committed to promoting peace and prosperity through science and technology. Its innovation and entrepreneurship-focused 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.
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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. 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 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 resource • Designing and executing acceleration programs • Comprehensive skill development training • Access to sources of fundingInnovation 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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Increasing Opportunities for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

In the search for entrepreneurs with innovative technology ideas that can through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative has implemented the GIS TTech-I Competition, attracting close to 200 teams from the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South East Asia. Among them was

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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 entrepreneurship-support organizations in Armenia and in the region.

address a problem affecting their country or region, the Global Innovation

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.

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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GIST Entrepreneurs Inspire Female Small Business Owner COMPETITION FINALS 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 at tiny.cc/duelow

“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

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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SecQme joins the fight against crime in Malaysia

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One of the GIST Initiative ventures, SecQme from Malaysia, highlighted in a BBC news article about crime prevention in the country. SecQme is the first mobile safety app made for Android and iPhone that allows users to ensure others are aware of their whereabouts whenever they’re feeling unsafe. Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23750925

Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle
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

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

Lebanon turns to apps to avoid growing violence linked to Syria
Mohammad Taha, Lebanese entrepreneur and the second place winner of GIST Tech-I 2012 competition, featured for his mobile app, ma2too3a. The crowd-sourced map app takes real-time information from its users about protests, traffic, roadblocks and classes and then feeds into the map. Ma2too3a has been downloaded over 80,000 times. Read more at http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/7fa6c9e8-13de-11e3-9289-00144feabdc0.html

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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

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Non-Government Programs
Entrepreneur Week - www.entrepreneurweek.net Entrepreneur Meetup - entrepreneur.meetup.com Global Community for Advancing Studies on Entrepreneurship - www.gcase.org 10,000 Women Initiative - www.goldmansachs.com/citizenship/10000women/ Global Entrepreneurship Leadership Symposium - entrepreneurship.intel.com/community/gels-community Global Entrepreneurship Week - www.unleashingideas.org Microsoft BizSpark - www.mitef.org OPEC Fund for International Development - www.ofid.org Global Student Entrepreneur Awards - www.gsea.org YoungEntrepreneur.com - www.youngentrepreneur.com/about-us

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