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Global Innovation through Science and Technology

CONTENTS

Who We Are.............................................................4 What We Do.............................................................6 Where We Work.......................................................8 Featured GIST Transformers.................................12 Featured GIST Mentors..........................................15 GIST Partners.........................................................16 GIST Advisory Group..............................................18 GIST Team...............................................................19 The Team at State..................................................20 Get Involved with GIST...........................................21

1,000
competition participants

8,200

participants in startup boot camps

160,000+ in GIST social networks


15,000+
GIST participants

techconnect participants

6,000

The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.
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WELCOME LETTER
All over the world, people are trying to launch their great ideas and become entrepreneurs. Great ideas can bring positive change to communities all across the globe. Through GIST, I have been working to bring that message to entrepreneurs in many nations. The GIST Initiative and its network of mentors and professionals work with entrepreneurs to help make their technology ventures become successful startups and growth companies. Passionate entrepreneurs driven by a mission to improve the lives of their families and communities are key drivers of economic growth and job creation globally. According to the World Bank, the world needs 600 million new jobs over a 15-year period to keep unemployment rates from rising. It is a mission critical to support the startups and the entrepreneurs who create them. Entrepreneurship offers a path to success for those who have the desire. To help them succeed, entrepreneurs often need guidance. When I started my first company, I didnt have the kind of support that the GIST Initiative provides. Having a program like GIST that connects entrepreneurs with a support community, gives in-depth mentorship, and offers practical insights would have helped me immensely. Now that I am in a position to give back to entrepreneurs around the world, I am honored to be partnering with GIST to advance their extremely positive vision of global prosperity through technology-based entrepreneurship. I encourage you to get to know GISTs programs, its team, and its successes, from the hundreds of ventures to which GIST has provided tailored training, to the top entrepreneurs that GIST identifies and supports via seed funding and ongoing mentorship. Furthermore, I encourage you to brainstorm ways you can join forces with GIST, as I have done, to empower entrepreneurs worldwide. Of all the programs available on the market, I found GIST to be the most effective, results oriented and dedicated endeavor, one that is clearly worthy of your time and partnership. - Jeff Hoffman GIST Advisory Group Member Member of founding group and former CEO of Priceline.com Founder of ColorJar

Think Big. Work Hard. Create Value.

The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.
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WHO WE ARE
The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems across the Middle East, Turkey, Asia, and Africa by identifying, coaching, and funding the most promising technology entrepreneurs through its flagship competitions, startup acceleration services, interactive video conferences, online social media platforms, and interactive mentorship programs. GIST forges local and global partnerships with technology entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors, and experts to foster human progress and prosperity. Core GIST Beliefs Innovation: We believe strongly in the power of innovation and technology as drivers for sustainable growth. Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs transform ideas into enterprises that generate social change and create jobs. Our programs are designed with the individual in mind; supporting entrepreneurs is our sole mission. Global Partnership: We partner with like-minded organizations to leverage resources, capabilities and networks to build capacity for greater impact.

GIST has been very helpful as we learned how to present and start our business, and improved our direction due to the personalized mentorship.
-Rumaisa Mohani, Founder and CEO of E-Aid, Pakistan

Go-To-Market Training Global & Local Mentorship Venture Pitching International Exposure Seed Funding Networking

WHAT WE DO
GIST STARTUP BOOT CAMPS
GIST Startup Boot Camps are a two to three day experience that are designed to teach entrepreneurial skills in a hands-on environment and enable entrepreneurs to launch and grow companies. The GIST Startup Boot Camps cover all aspects of entrepreneurship, including assessment, brainstorming, ideation, team building, product development and execution. The program includes a mix of simulations, hands-on exercises, lectures, mentorship, and an opportunity to pitch and get feedback from investors. The GIST Boot Camp has two main goals: enhance the skills of tech entrepreneurs and inspire them to start new companies. GIST Startup Boot Camp Locations: Regional Boot Camps: West Africa, Maghreb, East Africa, and Gulf States Country-focused: Indonesia, Malaysia, Algeria, and Jordan

GIST TECH-I COMPETITIONS


The GIST Tech-I Competitions seek entrepreneurs passionate about their ideas and startups. The latest was the GIST Tech-I Business Idea Go-to-Market Competition, in which entrepreneurs identified and showcased market strategies to secure customers and financial sustainability for their ventures. For these competitions, applicants submit a go-to-market plan, identifying market strategies and business opportunities, along with promotional videos designed to appeal to their customers. The top entrepreneurs compete online to get the most votes from the public. GIST provides seed funding, training, ongoing mentorship, and business development visits to the U.S. GIST has held three competitions since 2011, with another coming in 2013.

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in energy, health care and agriculture

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1,000 entrepreneurs trained during 11 seminars held in 8 countries representing 28,075 hours of training. GIST has mentored 470 ventures at its events.

GIST competitions have generated over 8,000 applications from over 35 countries worldwide.

Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), who is also a tech entrepreneur, enthusiastically met with GIST Transformers during their US Journey in November 2012.

GIST TECHCONNECTS
GIST TechConnect is a series of interactive videoconferences that creates global conversations to inspire and connect entrepreneurs from emerging economies with business mentors and role models. The first two editions of GIST TechConnect have engaged over 6,000 entrepreneurs in more than 25 countries around the world. Previous GIST TechConnects focused on entrepreneurship in Pakistan, held October 12, Idea generation for venture development, held March 13, and Bootstrapping your venture, held May 13.

US ENTREPRENEURSHIP JOURNEY
Sixteen entrepreneurs from 11 countries were chosen from among the top ventures at GIST Tech-I Competitions and GIST Boot Camps to join on a two-week journey through Silicon Valley, Boston, New York City and Washington DC in November 12. The entrepreneurs networked, learned how US companies operate, received mentorship from a broad array of professionals, and were able to present their ideas to relevant and diverse audiences to increase their ventures international presence.

full-time on 71% work their ventures are registered companies

64%

GIST is actively building partnerships with like-minded organizations and individuals to strengthen impact. Contact us to team up on one or more of our programs - gist@crdfglobal.org
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GIST PROGRAMS

WHERE WE WORK

MIDDLE EAST & TURKEY


PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS N2V is based in UAE and headed by GIST Advisory Group member Rashid Al Ballaa. They joined the GIST Initiative to host an entrepreneurial photo contest that attracted over 150,000+ entrepreneurs to the GIST Network. MITEF Pan Arab partnered with the GIST Initiative in 2011 and 2012 to bring together the brightest minds from across the Arab world for training, networking and pitching through coordinating activities in our business plan competitions. Throughout the years, GIST and MITEF Pan Arab continue to work together to benefit entrepreneurs in the Middle East. EVENTS UAE - I-Dare Business Plan Competition Semifinals and Finals events, March and June 12; GIST Tech-I Final Event, Dec 12 Turkey - GIST Tech-I Finals, Dec 11; and GIST Startup Boot Camp, Mar 12

PEOPLE Lebanon - Hind Hobeika of Instabeat, a company that produces a heart-rate monitor for swimmers, has traveled with GIST Initiative to meet entrepreneurs and investors throughout the US and Arab World, and was featured in Huffington Posts Top 17 Gadgets From the Consumer Electronics Show 2013. Saudi Arabia - GIST Advisory Group Member, H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs - Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority. Lebanon - Mohammed Tahas app ma2too3a.com engages over 65K people to crowd source the latest news about traffic conditions and road blocks throughout the country. Turkey - Advisory Group Member, Ali smail Sabanci, Chairman and Director of Pegasus Airlines. Lebanon - Ziad Sankari of Cardio Diagnostics will soon manufacture an innovative heart monitor that warns of an early onset of a heart attack.

15 Top GIST ventures are in MENA/Turkey. They have: $640K+ in funding and annual revenue 60 people currently employed 44 jobs created in the past 12 months

ASIA
WHERE WE WORK
PEOPLE Pakistan - Farhan Masood was among the top performers in GIST Tech-I Competition 2011 with Bloodline, an online system that connects donors with patients, volunteers and blood societies via SMS, emails, and social media. Farhan recently founded SoloTech, a company that manufactures biometric devices for retina and face recognition. Indonesia - Nurana Paramita of T-Files, a company that designs and provides the Indonesian government with high-efficiency tidal energy generators, pitched her way to the US with the GIST US Entrepreneurial Journey. She continues to receive mentorship in the Indonesia Green Energy Program with GIST Mentor Jim Bagnola, a professional relationship created at the GIST Startup Boot camp in April 12. Malaysia - Ai Ching of Piktochart.com, owns a venture that helps everyday people create amazing infographics. She traveled to Silicon Valley during the GIST Startup Boot Camp in April 12. Indonesia - Khairul Baharin of MyDerm, developed a new skin replacement material and has received more attention from media and potential partners after participating in the GIST US Entrepreneurship Journey. PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS MITEF Pakistan mobilizes a strong grassroots movement to engage thousands of Pakistani entrepreneurs. GIST credits MITEF Pakistan for generating interest that led to hundreds of applicants and 14 ventures selected for international presentations with GIST. Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center BYLCs trainings and capacity building sessions increased the number and quality of applicants to GIST activities. Proof is in the fact that a top winner in the GIST I-Dare Business Plan Competition in June 12 is from Bangladesh. EVENTS Indonesia - GIST Startup Boot Camp Indonesia benefited 150+ entrepreneurs, April 12 Malaysia - GIST Startup Boot Camp Malaysia benefited 100+ entrepreneurs, April 12 Pakistan - 700 participants tuned in for GIST TechConnect Pakistan, October 12 IMPACT Indonesia Clean Energy Program in partnership with the World Bank, provides intensive mentoring to five clean energy companies as they seek to grow their clientele and provide competitive clean energy options for Indonesia. GIST coordinates international mentoring and virtual learning opportunities. Bangladesh - The Greenovations team manufactures and brings to market an affordable eco-friendly building material which improves the housing possibilities for the bottom billion.

27 Top GIST ventures are in Asia. They have: $16.4M+ in funding and $2.3M+ annual revenue 439 people currently employed 186 jobs created in the past 12 months
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AFRICA
WHERE WE WORK
PEOPLE Egypt - Perihan Abou-Zeid of Qabila Media has built an alternative media empire in Egypt where she gathered a team to create an alternative media platform with a civil education focus. Qabila now has over 140,000 subscribers with plans to expand with a Pan-Arab television series. Morocco - Rachid Harrando is founder of NetPeas COREvidence, a fullyautomated and comprehensive evaluation of all registered vulnerabilities to an IT ecosystem. Ghana - Alloysius Attah of Farmerline. org brings to the market a mobile and web-based system that provides farmers and investors with relevant agro-industry content to improve productivity and increase income. Morocco - Ayman El Akhal, CEO of iPadian has developed software that brings the user experience of iPad/ iPhone to any laptop. The project received funding from business angels that Ayman met during the GIST US journey, and Ayman stays in touch with various other mentors he met while on the US Entrepreneurship Journey with GIST. PARTNER ORGANIZATIONS CTIC Dakar is a public-private initiative that incubates ventures - 25 companies and startups supported in 2012 alone - and builds a community encouraging venture development and angel investment. They served as a great co-host for the GIST Startup Boot Camp in Dakar in July 12. Algerian Startup Initiative was a great co-host for the GIST Startup Boot Camp in Algiers in July 12. Technology Incubation Center Benin, Nigeria regularly organizes hundreds of entrepreneurs to improve their skills and take advantage of GISTs international opportunities. Lions@frica is a public-private alliance to enhance and deepen the startup and innovation ecosystems of targeted fast- growing African economies of which GIST is a proud platform member. IMPACT Senegal - Yann LeBeux, Program Manager at GIST partner organization CTIC Dakar says that many have discovered CTIC Dakar through our collaboration on the GIST Startup Boot Camp. This has led CTIC Dakar to be viewed as one of the leading hubs and incubators in Africa. EVENTS Senegal - Site of GIST Startup Boot Camp West Africa benefitting 130+ entrepreneurs from 10 countries, July 12. Algeria - GIST Startup Boot Camp benefitting 100+ entrepreneurs, July 12. Tanzania - GIST Startup Boot Camp East Africa benefitting 150 entrepreneurs, May 13.

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40 Top GIST ventures are in Africa. They have: $3.6M+ in funding $682K+ annual revenues 321 people currently employed 143 jobs created in the past 12 months

The greatest gift I could receive is KNOWLEDGE and I think GIST Initiative has given me just what I need to succeed.
- Alloysius Attah, Farmerline.com of Ghana, at GIST Startup Boot Camp West Africa held in Dakar, Senegal, July 12
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GIST TRANSFORMERS
BIOGRAPHIES
Ziad Sankari, CEO & Founder, Cardio Diagnostics, Lebanon cardiodiagnostics.net
Ziad Sankaris passion for developing biomedical technology began after the loss of his father, who died of a heart attack. After being told that a more rapid treatment could have saved his fathers life, Sankari resolved to find a way to offer early warnings about heart problems to people at risk. Cardio Diagnostics does just that with its easy to wear heart monitor. The Cardio Diagnostics heart monitor is currently entering final design phase and will soon begin manufacturing. According to Ziad, The GIST Journey ignited the spark of energy to go back home, cross the cultural boundaries and build the next great startup.

Perihan Abou-Zeid, Founder, Qabila Media Productions, Egypt


Perihan returned from Canada upon completing studies there with a desire to see an alternative to state-controlled media dominance. She and 14 other young Egyptians formed a collective enterprise called Qabila Media Productions to produce value based content: online videos with a civic education focus. Today, Qabila Media Productions has over 140,000 subscribers and has plans to expand productions into Pan-Arab television series. Perihan shares that the GIST Initiative has allowed me to be exposed to different success stories and leading organizations in the US that not only inspired me but opened my eyes to a wide range of ideas and opportunities I never considered before.

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

Saimum Hossain, Co-founder, Greenovation Technologies, Bangladesh, greenovativetechnologies.com


Eco-friendly and strong building material that has

Mohammad Taha, Founder and CEO, ma2too3a!, Lebanon, ma2too3a.com


Crowd-sourced mobile application that offers real-time location-based news and traffic updates for its 60,000+ users in Lebanon.

Natali Ardianto, Co-founder & CTO, Tiket.com, Indonesia


Online travel & entertainment gateway where one can buy flight, train, hotel, concert events and movie tickets all in one convenient place. Natali is a self-described technologist and one of the founders of the biggest startup community in Indonesia, #StartupLokal, a community for startups owners that has over 9,000 members. With over 20,000 bookings in December 12 alone, Tiket.com has grown exponentially since it first launched December 11. Natali cites that winning the GIST Tech-I Competition in 2012 has led Tiket.coms customers to have more confidence in transacting at tiket.com.

the potential to revolutionize the housing market for the bottom billion.

Saman Khan, Founder and CEO, Nanocides, Pakistan


Nanotechnological self-sanitizing substance under development for market purposes.

Khairul Idzwan Baharin, CEO, MyDerm, Malaysia


New artificial skin tissue to treat patients.
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Mentorship has really catapulted my career. I am really thankful for the mentorship I received through the GIST Initiative. They corrected my business plan, pointed me in the right direction and connected me to potential partners. Farhan Masood
Farhan Masood, Founder of Bloodline. com, CEO of SoloTech Corp
Bloodline is a non-profit app that connects

GIST TRANSFORMERS

hospitals with a network of blood donors to save lives and SoloTech manufactures security devices that utilize biometric scanning technology.

Rachid Harrando, Co-founder and CEO, COREvidence by NETpeas, Morocco, netpeas.com


Offers a fully-automated and comprehensive evaluation of all registered vulnerabilities to an IT ecosystem.

Ali Raza, Founder & CEO of PAK-Energy Solution, Pakistan


Creates an affordable device that turns bio-waste from farm animals into clean natural gas for domestic use.

Hind Hobeika, Founder, Instabeat, Lebanon, instabeat.com


Heart rate monitor designed for swimmers to place on their goggles, featured as top gadget to buy at Consumer Electornics Show 2013.

Mohsin Islam Tiwana, Co-Founder of Artificial Brain Controlled Upperlimb Prosthesis


An affordable and functional prosthetic limb.
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Nurana Indah Paramita, Founder, T-Files, Indonesia


Developed a very efficient marine turbine to create electricity.

Jolene Sim, Marketing Director, Centsless, Malaysia, gocentsless.com


Utilizes gamification in the marketplace to acquire new customers and nurture consumer loyalty.

GIST Mentors serve as the core of GIST service delivery. Repeatedly, entrepreneurs cite personalized mentorship as given by the highly motivated and qualified professionals who comprise the GIST Mentor Network as key to taking their businesses to the next level. GIST works closely with country and regional partners around the globe to involve the highest quality mentors who together provide international perspective and country-specific understanding.

GIST FEATURED MENTORS

Muhammad Arrabi, Chief of Staff and Senior Investment Associate, N2V

Scott Gillespie, Commercialization Partner at Technology to VC (T2VC)

Dr. Christiane Schloderer, Founder, myidea-campus

As Im in venture capital, I see hundreds of ideas and have learned best practices to increase success. Adding this value by working with entrepreneurs is personally rewarding and helpful to the founder. Scott Hartley, GIST Mentor

Kia David, Associate Jigsaw Group

Jim Bagnola, President, The Leadership Group USA

Joe Hadzima, Senior Lecturer, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

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GIST country and regional partners are essential to GISTs mission; they contribute local resources and help build opportunities with us to support entrepreneurship ecosystems and amazing entrepreneurs who are ready to learn.

GIST PARTNERS
REGIONAL JORDAN

TURKEY

INDONESIA

SENEGAL

MALAYSIA

REGION AFRICA

BANGLADESH

PAKISTAN

EGYPT

TUNISIA

ALGERIA

NIGERIA

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Organizations who share GISTs commitment to fostering technology entrepreneurship around the world and partner with GIST to advance global innovation

GIST PARTNERS

GIST IN THE NEWS

GIST Entrepreneurs Inspire Female Small Business Owner in Washington, DC tiny.cc/duelow

Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle East tiny.cc/msnGIST

Indonesian Minister: We need four million entrepreneurs tiny.cc/GISTinFORBES

Road Trip! Founders of YouTube, LinkedIn and Others Tackle Brain Drain in Malaysia tiny.cc/BRAINDRAIN

Pakistans Prime Minister extended congratulations to teams placing at the GIST Battle of Ideas Business Plan Competition tiny.cc/NUST

Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Ideas for Indonesia and Beyond tiny.cc/GISTinX

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GIST ADVISORY GROUP


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 has helped the GIST Initiative gain traction in the Middle East.

Ali smail Sabanci, Chairman and Director of Pegasus Airlines


Mr. Ali . Sabanci brings GISTs work to Turkey through entrepreneurial organizations and networks that he is involved with.

Jeff Hoffman, Member of founding group and former CEO, Priceline.com, Founder, ColorJar
Mr. Jeff Hoffman has nspired thousands via GIST at seminars in Algeria in July 12 and Dubai in Dec 12. He also has participated in the first two GIST TechConnect interactive videoconferences and attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in Jan 13.

Patricia M. Dinneen, Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Company


Patricia Dinneen has introduced the GIST Initiative internationally at the Global Impact Conference, and has hosted visiting GIST Transformers in Boston.

Rashid Al Ballaa, CEO, National Net Ventures (N2V)


Rashid Al Ballaas organization N2V has collaborated with the GIST Initiative to garner over 150,000+ fans on Facebook. He has served as a mentor and venture pitch judge during the I Dare Business Plan Competition Semifinalist event in Dubai in May 12.

Dr. Roger Wyse, President and COO, Biogreentech Venture and Private Equity Funds, Burrill & Company Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari
Mr. Nolan Bushnell joined the GIST Advisory Board in Mar 13 after participating in a GIST TechConnect videoconference viewed by over 6,000 entrepreneurs in over 25 countries.
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Dr. Roger Wyse is helping design the plans for GIST Entrepreneur in Residence, and identify a potential entrepreneur for that role.

GIST TEAM @ CRDF Global

Natalia Pipia
Vision & Strategy

Ovidiu Bujorean
Partnerships & Organization

Amanda Gant
Startup Boot Camps

Yuritzi Acosta
Competitions

Fidan Karimova
GIST TechConnect & Communications
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GIST TEAM @ Department of State

Matthew Eapen

Anna Quider

Kathryn Pharr

Cole Donovan

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Pipeline Partners
a network of and GIST to brings value and opportunities in angel investors, entrepreneurial ecosystems collaboration with our partners around the world. Country and regional partners can benefit immediately through a partnership with GIST as their entrepreneurs get access to business experts and ask questions in real time at GIST TechConnects. GIST Champions include: - Corporations (Global, Regional, Local) - Foundations - International Development Organizations - Country governments - Visionary philanthropists Entrepreneurs can also apply to our Tech-I competitions that will bring semifinalists international exposure, mentorship and seed funding. And this is just the beginning of how GIST can bring benefits to entreprenuerial communities around the globe. Contact gist@crdfglobal.org to get involved.

Individuals
GIST is building entrepreneurs, mentors already over 160,000 strong! Join GIST and make a difference! Entrepreneurs: Join our mailing list and Facebook group to stay up to date on upcoming opportunities such as virtual trainings and seminars, upcoming boot camps in your country and the GIST Tech-I competition. Angel investors and mentors: With GIST, you can mentor promising entrepreneurs, or review venture applications from your home, office, or on the go. Contact gist@crdfglobal.org to get involved.

GIST Champions
GIST is a great partner for organziations that want to reach an international audience. Any of the programs showcased here can be made even larger by the capable team at GIST. Wed love to partner with you to bring impact to entrepreneurs around the world.

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