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

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

GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

of State and CRDF Global. GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC

June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC

Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

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GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led

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

CONTENT

Table of Contents

23 Agenda 4 Welcome Message U.S. Department of State 6 Welcome Message CRDF Global 7 GIST Initiative 8 1871 9 CRDF Global Entrepreneurship & Innovation 10 GIST Entrepreneurs 12 Mentors, Speakers 24 GIST Advisory Group 31 CRDF Global GIST Team 33 U.S. Department of State GIST Team 35 1871 Team 36 GIST In the News 37 GIST Activities 39 GIST Partners 40 Notes 41

In the News 37 GIST Activities 39 GIST Partners 40 Notes 41 The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.
GIST CHICAGO JOURNEY AGENDA
Monday, June 9
9:00 - 9:30
1871 Orientation
Doing Business in the USA Muhammed Mekki, Founder of AstroLabs; Sebastian Villarreal, Founder of LendSquare; Aksh Gupta, Founder & CEO of Occasion
9:30 - 11:00
In this panel discussion, three entrepreneurs will talk about the key things they have learned about conducting business in the United States.
11:00 - 12:00
Worktime
12:00-1:00
Lunch with Karen Gordon, Founder & CEO of Lean Creative Labs
1:30 - 3:30
Business Model Canvas Karen Gordon, Founder & CEO of Lean Creative Labs
This is an interactive workshop for entrepreneurs to construct the Business Model Canvas and begin setting the strategy for the company.
3:30-5:00
Meetings with media or potential customers, funders and partners

Tuesday, June 10

9:00 - 10:30

Leadership with Chuck Templeton, Managing Director at Impact Engine and Founder, OpenTable Chuck will share his journey as an entrepreneur and provide insights about leadership and building social ventures

10:30 - 12:00

Mentorship

1:30 - 5:00

Meetings with potential customers, funders and partners

5:00-7:00

Diaspora Roundtable - Entrepreneurs belonging to African, Asian and Middle Eastern Diaspora will meet with GIST Entrepreneurs to discuss their experience

Wednesday, June 11

9:00 - 10:30

Pitching Your Venture Carter Cast, Former CEO of Walmart.com and Venture Partner at Pritzker Group Venture Capital; Gabe Greenbaum, Vice President at Pritzker Group Venture Capital In this workshop Carter will share a format/structure for a pitch deck and talk about typical trip-up areas to watch out for.

10:30 - 12:00

Mentorship

1:30 - 3:00

Brand Positioning Danny Schuman President, Twist Danny will discuss how to best identify the startup’s target audience and competitors while creating value

3:00-5:30

Meetings with potential customers, funders and partners

Thursday, June 12

10:00 - 1:00

1:30-4:00

5:00-8:00

Company Visit: Textura

Meetings with potential customers, funders and partners

GIST Chicago DEMO Day

5:00 – 5:15

Registration

5:15 – 5:30

Welcoming Remarks - Ovidiu Bujorean, Senior Manager, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global; Jonathan Margolis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health, U.S. Department of State; Howard A. Tullman, CEO, 1871

5:30 – 5:45

Keynote: The Entrepreneurship Ecosystem Pat Quinn, Governor, State of Illinois (TBC)

6:00 – 6:45

Panel Discussion - Position for Growth: Tech Startups From Emerging Economies

6:45 – 7:15

Startup Pitches - 12 entrepreneurs pitch for 2 minutes

7:15 – 8:00

Reception & Startup Showcase - During the networking reception 12 entrepreneurs showcase their products and answer questions from investors, seasoned entrepreneurs and other distinguished guests. Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

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guests. Sponsored by Barnes & Thornburg LLP. 4 The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.
GIST CHICAGO/DC JOURNEY AGENDA
Friday, June 13
10:00-1:00
Company Visit: Groupon
1:30-2:00
Worktime
2:00-3:30
Financial Modeling for Startups
Bob Gillespie, Founder of InContext Solutions
Bob will discuss ways to build startup financial models, including projections on revenue, expenses and profitability and exits.

Monday, June 16

10:00-11:30

You Don’t Want to Be At the Airport When Your Ship Comes In Howard Tullman, CEO of 1871 A rapid fire review of the six major trends at the intersection of social media and technology which are radically changing the ground rules and the ways in which every business will reach and engage its customers from now on.

11:30 - 12:30

Mentorship

1:30 - 3:30

Founder Equity, Cap Tables and Dilution Bob Gillespie, Founder of InContext Solutions We will look at various rounds of funding to understand how capitalization tables change over time.

3:30-5:00

Meetings with potential customers, funders and partners

Tuesday, June 17

9:00 - 10:30

Intellectual Property, Trademarks and Copyrights Erin Fox, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP; Michael Carrillo, Partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP The presentation will focus on IP for small businesses and start-up companies. We will discuss patents, trademarks, and copyrights. We will discuss different types of patents and considerations for patents in the U.S. versus international markets.

10:30-12:00

Private sessions with IP lawyer

1:30 - 2:00

Departure to DC

Wednesday, June 18

7:30-9:00

9:00-11:00

11:00-5:00

5:00-8:00

Twitter Chat at the U.S. Department of State

Meetings at the U.S. Department of State

Meetings with media or potential customers, funders and partners

GIST Washington D.C. DEMO Day

4:00 – 4:30

Registration

4:30 – 4:45

Welcoming Remarks - John Hurley, Vice President, CRDF Global; Jonathan Margolis, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space, and Health, U.S. Department of State

4:45 – 5:15

Keynote: The Entrepreneurship Journey (TBC)

5:15 – 6:00

Panel Discussion - Beyond the BRICs: Where Does The New Generation of Entrepreneurs Come From?

6:00 – 6:30

Startup Pitches - 11 entrepreneurs pitch for 2 minutes

6:30 – 7:30

Reception & Startup Showcase - During the networking reception 11 entrepreneurs showcase their products and answer questions from investors, seasoned entrepreneurs and other distinguished guests.

Thursday, June 19

9:00 - 5:00

Meetings at the U.S. Department of State

Friday, June 20

9:00-12:00

Meetings with media or potential customers, funders and partners

12:00-6:30

The sightseeing tour of Washington D.C., Mount Vernon

The sightseeing tour of Washington D.C., Mount Vernon The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized

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GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

WELCOME MESSAGE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

and CRDF Global. WELCOME MESSAGE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Welcome to the second Global Innovation through

Welcome to the second Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Entrepreneurship Journey. 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 the freedom to make of their lives what they will.”

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey highlights alumni of the GIST initiative who create high-impact science and technology startups. GIST implements a network of programs and competitions worldwide to identify, train, and connect young science and technology entrepreneurs and provide the mentorship, connections to investors, and market exposure needed to succeed.

GIST operates at the intersection of science & technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to empower individual innovators and to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems. GIST equips young men and women around the world with the skills they need to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders who tum their ideas into new ventures that transform their communities.

It is my pleasure to welcome this second inspirational and formative group who are using science and technology to address major challenges in sectors ranging from agriculture to education to women empowerment.

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,

that have strong economic and societal impact. Sincerely, 6 Judith G. Garber Acting Assistant Secretary of

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Judith G. Garber Acting Assistant Secretary of State

6 Judith G. Garber Acting Assistant Secretary of State The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

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

WELCOME MESSAGE CRDF GLOBAL

of State and CRDF Global. WELCOME MESSAGE CRDF GLOBAL GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago,
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to extend a warm welcome to all of you and particularly to these very special GIST transformers as they embark on this exciting GIST Entrepreneurship Journey.

Traveling to the U.S. from Jordan, Pakistan, Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Tunisia, these 12 innovators embody the spirit of entrepreneurship. They have overcome obstacles great and small to develop and grow their technology startups. We are proud to have supported these startups through the GIST Initiative, which provides valuable opportunities for entrepreneurs to gain exposure to new ideas, concepts and the skills necessary for entrepreneurial success.

and the skills necessary for entrepreneurial success. To all the transformers, I wish you the best

To all the transformers, I wish you the best of luck as you market your startups and technologies! I would also like to thank all who have supported the GIST Initiative and its work building entrepreneurial ecosystems in over 50 countries in the Middle East, Central and South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sincerely,

and South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Sincerely, Cathleen A. Campbell President and Chief Executive Officer

Cathleen A. Campbell President and Chief Executive Officer

Cathleen A. Campbell President and Chief Executive Officer The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

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ICT

GIST ALUMNIIMPACT

ICT

WHAT IS GIST?

ICT GIST ALUMNIIMPACT ICT WHAT IS GIST? The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative
ICT GIST ALUMNIIMPACT ICT WHAT IS GIST? The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative
ICT GIST ALUMNIIMPACT ICT WHAT IS GIST? The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative
ICT GIST ALUMNIIMPACT ICT WHAT IS GIST? The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative

The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative forges links at the individual and institutional levels among technology entrepreneurs, angel investors, and the marketplace to improve quality of life through economic prosperity. The GIST Initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in over 54 countries in the Middle East, Central & South East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, by identifying, coaching and funding promising entrepreneurs through its competitions, start-up acceleration services, online social media platform, and interactive mentorship programs. The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

HEALTH
HEALTH

Hind Hobeika, Lebanon Founder, Instabeat

ENERGY
ENERGY

Muhammad Saimum Hossain, Bangladesh

Instabeat ENERGY Muhammad Saimum Hossain, Bangladesh James Khoo, Malaysia Founder, SecQMe Catherine Kiguru ,
Instabeat ENERGY Muhammad Saimum Hossain, Bangladesh James Khoo, Malaysia Founder, SecQMe Catherine Kiguru ,

James Khoo, Malaysia Founder, SecQMe

Hossain, Bangladesh James Khoo, Malaysia Founder, SecQMe Catherine Kiguru , Kenya Co-founder, Ukall Ltd. GIST TECH-I

Catherine Kiguru, Kenya Co-founder, Ukall Ltd.

SecQMe Catherine Kiguru , Kenya Co-founder, Ukall Ltd. GIST TECH-I Global competition to identify and support

GIST TECH-I

Global competition to identify and support most promising technology and science entrepreneurs

GIST BOOT CAMPS

Two day in-country training and mentoring events for early stage startups.

GIST TECHCONNECTS

Live interactive video broadcasts linking startups with U.S. experts.

video broadcasts linking startups with U.S. experts. 8 GLOBAL COMMUNITY 240K+ technology entrepreneurs. CAPITAL

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GLOBAL COMMUNITY

240K+

technology entrepreneurs.

CAPITAL RAISED

$21M

MENTOR NETWORK

4 00+

JOBS CREATED

800+

RAISED $21M MENTOR NETWORK 4 0 0 + JOBS CREATED 800+ The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC

1871

June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC 1871 The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC 1871 The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS CRDF Global is a private, non-governmental

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.

who gain access to top international research and expertise. Core Program Beliefs Innovation. We believe strongly

Core Program Beliefs Innovation. We believe strongly in the power of technology and innovation as drivers for sustainable growth. Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs transform innovation into enterprises that generate value and create jobs. Our programs are designed with the individual in mind, as the nucleus and sole

purpose of our mission. Strategic partnerships. We partner with like-minded local and regional organizations and corporations to leverage our resources and capabilities to build capacity for greater impact and avoid redundancy.

Innovation Ecosystem Development

CRDF Global believes in the bottom-up approach in building the local ecosystems and supports local entrepreneurship initiatives by identifying leaders, existing programs and the gaps in the system.

• Assisting with the formation of new technology commercialization offices and incubators

• Strategic planning

• Management training and educational outreach

• Comprehensive programs designed to enhance entrepreneurship culture

• Assisting with investment capital infrastructure development

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Startup Support

capital infrastructure development 1 0 Startup Support Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of all economies and the source of growth and dynamism. CRDF Global offers a comprehensive suite of programs designed to nurture these early-stage companies.

• Identifying promising business opportunities, funders, partners and resources

• Designing and executing acceleration programs

• Comprehensive skill development training

• Access to sources of funding

Technology Acceleration CRDF Global promotes business growth by supporting students, researchers and technology developers who believe that their product or service is viable commercially. Programs guide them

through the process of commercialization by honing their skills and helping them to grow and realize their market potential.

• Identifying intellectual property with commercial potential in universities and corporations

• Hands-on training in technology transfer and intellectual property rights

• Online technology commercialization courses

• Technology valuation and market assessment

courses • Technology valuation and market assessment CRDF GLOBAL’S IMPACT CRDF GLOBAL’S IMPACT Increasing

CRDF GLOBAL’S IMPACT

CRDF GLOBAL’S IMPACT

Increasing Opportunities for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

In the search for entrepreneurs with innovative technology ideas that can address a problem

affecting their country or region, the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative has implemented the GIST Tech-I Competition, which has attracted close to 200 teams

from the Middle East, Africa, and Central and South East Asia. Among them was CardioDiagnostics,

a Lebanese startup founded by Ziad Sankari. Ziad lost his father at the age of 17 to a heart attack, which inspired him to create a medical device that monitors cardiac patients outside the hospital around the clock. This idea earned him a top prize of the competition awarded at the Second Global Entrepreneurship Summit on December 3-5, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. CardioDiagnostics has been given a strong start for a global success with $20,000 in seed funding, hands-on training with serial entrepreneurs and business mentors, global media exposure by MSNBC and Wired Magazine,

a trip to Silicon Valley and participation in the MIT Global Startup Workshop.

Valley and participation in the MIT Global Startup Workshop. Ziad Sankari, CardioDiagnostics Providing Access to Capital

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.

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

Accessing U.S. Markets Since 2005, CRDF Global has implemented more than 20 U.S. travel programs for close to 90 participants. All of which represent 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.

GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Akida

of State and CRDF Global. GIST ENTREPRENEURS Akida ukall.co.ke KENYA Incorporated company: Yes Category:

ukall.co.ke

KENYA

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Enterprise Solutions Expansion to other markets: East African Region Previous affiliated events: Best Female Entrepreneur, 2013 GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp, Tanzania

Entrepreneur, 2013 GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp, Tanzania Catherine Kiguru Ukall Limited is a boutique Information
Entrepreneur, 2013 GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp, Tanzania Catherine Kiguru Ukall Limited is a boutique Information
Entrepreneur, 2013 GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp, Tanzania Catherine Kiguru Ukall Limited is a boutique Information

Catherine Kiguru

Ukall Limited is a boutique Information

Chief Innovator

Communications Technology (ICT) Company with

kate@ukall.co.ke

a focus on business process automation. Akida is

@kiguruc

mobile to web platform that addresses the challenges of staff attendance verification and communication in small to large organizations that employ mobile workforces or deploy staff in various locations such as Security Companies, Marketing Firms and Facilities Management. Akida incorporates staff attendance through facial verification, GPS and time logging. It allows reporting and an effective and affordable way of communicating through its reporting and alerts feature. In addition to founding Akida, Catherine is also a core team member of Akirachix, an organisation formed to encourage female participation in the male dominated ICT arena.

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female participation in the male dominated ICT arena. 1 2 The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago,
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Aqar-Estate

@aqarestate

aqar-estate.com

JORDAN

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Real Estate Expansion to other markets: MENA & Turkey Previous affiliated events: 1st place, 2013 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Jordan

events: 1st place, 2013 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Jordan Hanan Khader Founder hanan@aqar-estate.com @hkhader The
events: 1st place, 2013 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Jordan Hanan Khader Founder hanan@aqar-estate.com @hkhader The
events: 1st place, 2013 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Jordan Hanan Khader Founder hanan@aqar-estate.com @hkhader The

Hanan Khader Founder hanan@aqar-estate.com @hkhader

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Hanan was the technical Manager of the

Hanan was the technical Manager of the Microsoft Department at Maktoob.com, which was acquired by Yahoo in 2009. She is very active about motivating women and girls in her country to stand for a new mission in their lives, and to contribute in creating a brighter future for themselves and their society. In 2013, she founded Aqar-Estate. Using the “freemium” subscription model, Aqar-Estate.com helps users buy and sell properties, find suitable housing, and discover the price of their property online. Today Aqar-Estate has become the largest real estate marketplace in Jordan and is among the top three in the MENA region. Hanan has been selected by the U.S. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs as a 2013 Emerging Leader in its TechWomen program. She is one of top three Jordanian women in technology.

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GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Braci Inc.

@BraciInc

braci.co

JORDAN

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Health Expansion to other markets: USA & UK Previous affiliated events: Semifinalist, 2011 & 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition

Semifinalist, 2011 & 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition 1 4 Anwar Almojarkesh CEO & Founder
Semifinalist, 2011 & 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition 1 4 Anwar Almojarkesh CEO & Founder
Semifinalist, 2011 & 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition 1 4 Anwar Almojarkesh CEO & Founder

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Semifinalist, 2011 & 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition 1 4 Anwar Almojarkesh CEO & Founder almojarkesh@braci.co

Anwar Almojarkesh CEO & Founder almojarkesh@braci.co @AnwarMojarkesh

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Many people in the world suffer from

Many people in the world suffer from hearing impairment, which causes a variety of problems in their lives. Braci was made to solve these problems. It was designed and manufactured to help users detect emergency situations and sounds. It is a wireless and unique smartphone application that can recognize a multitude of sounds from our daily lives. The smart ear recognizes these sounds, and shows a picture representing what it detects. It detects fire and theft alarms in the market and it gives users the ability to record their own doorbell and baby crying sounds. Braci can be connected to smart watches and mobile devices, which enable an efficient and fast way to be notified of all situations. This product is affordable and easy to use.

all situations. This product is affordable and easy to use. GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
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The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Eneza Education

@EnezaEducation

enezaeducation.com

Eneza Education @EnezaEducation enezaeducation.com KENYA Incorporated company: Yes Category: Education

KENYA

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Education Expansion to other markets: East African Countries Previous affiliated events: 2nd Place, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia

events: 2nd Place, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia Christopher Asego Director of Operations and Co-founder
events: 2nd Place, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia Christopher Asego Director of Operations and Co-founder
events: 2nd Place, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia Christopher Asego Director of Operations and Co-founder

Christopher Asego Director of Operations and Co-founder Chris@enezaeducation.com @sikriiii

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 In Kenya, more than 65% of students

In Kenya, more than 65% of students abandon school after failing primary school. Having grown up in Kibera, the second largest slum in Sub-Saharan African, Christopher’s passion in innovation and technology stems from seeing, first hand, the impact of access to quality education in eradicating poverty. He decided to dedicate himself to helping poor disadvantaged students who lack educational resources by using mobile phones to provide educational material. Together with Co- Founders Toni and Kago, Eneza Education Limited seeks to educate 50 million students in rural Africa by leveraging simple, low-cost technology. Christopher started an impact group of 30 students in a slum, and by mentoring two of his team members, the impact group has grown to over 180,000 students. Revenue comes from student tools with parental support providing pay-as-you-go hosting, testing, and VIP tools.

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GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Farmspace Africa

@farmspaceafrica

farmspaceafrica.com

KENYA

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Financial Services Expansion to other markets: Sub Saharan Africa, Asia, Middle East & South America Previous affiliated events: Honorable Mention Award, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia

Mention Award, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia 1 6 Alex Mwaura Muriu CEO alex@muriu.me @hellomuriu The

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Mention Award, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia 1 6 Alex Mwaura Muriu CEO alex@muriu.me @hellomuriu The

Alex Mwaura Muriu CEO alex@muriu.me @hellomuriu

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Seventy percent of employment in Africa comes

Seventy percent of employment in Africa comes from agriculture, yet there are still continent-wide food shortages. Farmers across the region are having trouble expanding their businesses due to a lack of funding. Farmspace Africa was created to fill this void and help boost the agricultural industry in Africa. It is a mobile application where urban middle to upper class individuals, investment groups, and other investors can provide crowd source loans and investments to small agricultural businesses and farmers. The mobile and web platform allows the service to be widely accesible by farmers and investors alike, while its crowd funding nature is also intended to dilute risk. Alex, 27, hopes this brand of microfinance will propel Africa’s economies into a future of prospertity.

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Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Handasiyat

@Handasiyat

handasiyat.net

JORDAN

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Recruitment and Jobs Expansion to other markets: Middle East & USA Previous affiliated events: Best Female Entrepreneur Award, 2013 GIST-Tech I Competition, Malaysia

Entrepreneur Award, 2013 GIST-Tech I Competition, Malaysia Nermin Fawzi Sa’d CO-Founder & CEO
Entrepreneur Award, 2013 GIST-Tech I Competition, Malaysia Nermin Fawzi Sa’d CO-Founder & CEO

Nermin Fawzi Sa’d CO-Founder & CEO nermeen@handasiyat.net

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Nermin was ranked 47th in the 2014

Nermin was ranked 47th in the 2014 “100 Most Powerful Arab Women” for her achievements and impact on the region and understands the needs and struggles of the modern Arab woman. Her startup, Handasiyat, aims to bypass social rules and solve the deficit of local engineers through a customized online platform. This platform supports Arab female engineers and encourages them to use their qualifications in the market and allows them to work on their own terms. It also aims to solve employment complexity in crisis areas in the Arab world. Because Hadasiyat is one of the-few Arabic businesses available to embark upon creating an-online platform catering for this type of business, they benefit from having few direct competitors. The startup now comprises of three full time employees on the management team.

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IdeaCentricity
ideacentricity.biz
PAKISTAN
Incorporated company: Yes
Category: Recruitment and Jobs
Expansion to other markets: Latin America, Asia,
Africa, Middle East, & North America
Previous affiliated events: Semifinalist, 2013 GIST
Tech-I Competition, Malaysia
Semifinalist, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia 18 Adnan Zafar Khawaja Founder & CEO

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Semifinalist, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia 18 Adnan Zafar Khawaja Founder & CEO

Adnan Zafar Khawaja Founder & CEO adnan@ideacentricity.biz @adnanzkh

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Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Adnan is deeply passionate about creating significant

Adnan is deeply passionate about creating significant social change. He created IdeaCentricity after being inspired by conversations with a variety of low skilled workers expressing the difficulties of finding enough work to make ends meet. Adnan is now the Founder & CEO of IdeaCentricity Odd Jobbers, a convenient low-skilled labor marketplace. Workers are alerted about opportunities over their mobile devices based on proximity to the service request point, individual skill set, and prior service ratings. Workers respond with bids and are informed once users accept their service offers. Laborers are routinely screened against certain performance benchmarks and are provided trainings and tips to improve their service ratings.

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Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Kola Studios

@kolastudios

kolastudios.com

UGANDA

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Gaming Expansion to other markets: Africa Previous affiliated events: 4 th place at GIST Startup Bootcamp, Tanzania

events: 4 t h place at GIST Startup Bootcamp, Tanzania Okalany Daniel Founder daniel@kolastudios.com @dokalanyi
events: 4 t h place at GIST Startup Bootcamp, Tanzania Okalany Daniel Founder daniel@kolastudios.com @dokalanyi

Okalany Daniel Founder daniel@kolastudios.com @dokalanyi

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Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Africa has a rich tradition of games

Africa has a rich tradition of games that have been played for generations in various societies across the continent, however few of these games exist on the mobile platform. Kola Studios creates and promotes mobile games based on physical games that come from the African tradition such as Matatu, originating in Uganda, and Karata, originating in Kenya. Matatu is its most popular game, a two player card game that has logged over 50,000 downloads and counting. Revenue is generated through integrated ads Kola Studios has four apps on the Google play store.

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Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

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Netizen Testing Limited

@NetizenTesting

netizentesting.com

MALAYSIA

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Enterprise Solution Expansion to other markets: Asia Previous affiliated events: Participant, 2012 GIST Startup Bootcamp, Malaysia & People Choice Award recipient, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia

Award recipient, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia 2 0 Alvin Chai Co-founder alvin@netizentesting.com

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Award recipient, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia 2 0 Alvin Chai Co-founder alvin@netizentesting.com @Alvin_Chai

Alvin Chai Co-founder alvin@netizentesting.com @Alvin_Chai

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 After working as a barrister and then

After working as a barrister and then at a website optimization startup, Alvin recruited his high school friend and co-founded Netizen Testing Private Limited. It strives to reduce the amount of time and investment required to test website usability and eliminate the need for consultant-run focus groups. By crowd sourcing their testers, Netizen Testing Private Limited provides quick and affordable on-demand testing solutions and research services to their clients. They offer to website owners a series of videos depicting ordinary users sharing their thoughts aloud while using the website. As clients watch and listen to user response and behaviors they can identify exactly when and why visitors leave the website. Clients also receive written summaries of the testers’ critiques.

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

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Smarter++

smarter-plus-plus.com

TUNISIA

GIST ENTREPRENEURS Smarter++ smarter-plus-plus.com TUNISIA Incorporated company: Yes Category: Enterprise Solution

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Enterprise Solution Expansion to other markets: MENA, Europe and North America Previous affiliated events: Semifinalist, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia

Semifinalist, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia Nizar Ben Neji Founder and CEO
Semifinalist, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia Nizar Ben Neji Founder and CEO
Semifinalist, 2013 GIST Tech-I Competition, Malaysia Nizar Ben Neji Founder and CEO

Nizar Ben Neji Founder and CEO nizar.benneji@smarter-plus-plus.com @Nizar_BN

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Nizar has more than eight years of

Nizar has more than eight years of experience in the IT industry as a computer engineer. Starting from the concept of smarter consumers need smarter ways of communication, he founded Smarter++, an IT company specialized in delivering innovative B2C marketing solutions. It already offers two products: QR++ codes and SmartCatalog. QR++ Service offers wider data storage capacity for audio, video, images, and texts without internet access. This product is ideal for storing readable data and multimedia items used for marketing and business-to-consumer relationships. SmartCatalog is an interactive PDF catalogue allowing customers to build their own without the need for computer skills or a computer designer. The goal is to help businesses have more customers and drive more sales.

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Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Tiket.com

@tiket

tiket.com

INDONESIA

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Travel and Transportation Expansion to other markets: Asia Previous affiliated events: 1st Place, 2012 GIST Tech-I Competition, UAE

events: 1st Place, 2012 GIST Tech-I Competition, UAE 2 2 Natali Ardianto Co-founder & CTO natali@tiket.com
events: 1st Place, 2012 GIST Tech-I Competition, UAE 2 2 Natali Ardianto Co-founder & CTO natali@tiket.com

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events: 1st Place, 2012 GIST Tech-I Competition, UAE 2 2 Natali Ardianto Co-founder & CTO natali@tiket.com

Natali Ardianto Co-founder & CTO natali@tiket.com @nataliardianto

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Natali supports his full-time career as an

Natali supports his full-time career as an entrepreneur with 20 years of programming experience and three successful internet startups. Tiket.com is an online travel and entertainment gateway based in Indonesia where you can buy flight, train, hotel, concert events and movie tickets all in one convenient place. Their number one product is flight booking and ticketing. They are ranked third in train ticket transactions and have 14 methods of solving payment problems due to Indonesia’s lack of a convergent payment method. Tiket.com has become a worldwide success. Along with winning the 2012 GIST Tech-I Competition, Tiket.com also won first place at the BUBU Awards in 2013, Teklom Indigo Fellowship Award in 2012, and the ASEAN ICT Awards that same year. Natali’s site has been featured in Marketing Magazine, Bloomberg, and Businessweek, among others.

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GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
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Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ENTREPRENEURS

Wakuwakuw

@ wakuwakuw wakuwakuw.com INDONESIA

Incorporated company: Yes Category: Social Network and Collaboration Expansion to other markets: Asia Previous affiliated events: Semifinalist, 2014 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Indonesia

Semifinalist, 2014 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Indonesia Frans Setio Yuwono Founder & CEO fransing899@gmail.com
Semifinalist, 2014 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Indonesia Frans Setio Yuwono Founder & CEO fransing899@gmail.com
Semifinalist, 2014 GIST Startup Boot Camp, Indonesia Frans Setio Yuwono Founder & CEO fransing899@gmail.com

Frans Setio Yuwono Founder & CEO

fransing899@gmail.com

@fransing

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 Frans Yuwono has 10+ experience in IT

Frans Yuwono has 10+ experience in IT and a passion for communities. The idea came during his tenure as President of the Surabaya Rotary Club where he attempted to improve community public relations, member management, sharing and collaborations by leveraging innovative technology. Wakuwakuw is a social media community platform that empowers communities with personalized webpages, channel collaboration, event planning, newsletter and fundraising. Ultimately, it is a platform to simplify community organizers to manage their community and bring more members and audiences. Under his management, the club was elected as the best Rotary Club in the World by Rotary International in 2012 (in the 10-25 members category), competing against 12,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide. It was awarded a prestigious President Citation by Rotary International.

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

MENTORS, SPEAKERS

U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. MENTORS, SPEAKERS Mike Bilder, General Manager, Jellyvision Studios /

Mike Bilder, General Manager, Jellyvision Studios / You Don’t Know Jack

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-bilder/0/729/1ba

Mike has over 15 years of game development experience ranging from mobile and social titles (Facebook) to

multimillion dollar console products (Xbox, Playstation, Wii) and emerging platforms (Amazon’s Fire TV). He

is currently the General Manager of Jackbox Games, Inc, creators of YOU DON’T KNOW JACK, Word Puttz,

Fibbage, and many other award winning social, mobile, and console titles. Prior to Jackbox Games, Mike was the Studio Head at Midway Games in Chicago and a Software Engineer at Motorola.

Midway Games in Chicago and a Software Engineer at Motorola. Daniela Bolzmann, Co-Founder & CMO of

Daniela Bolzmann, Co-Founder & CMO of WeDelliver.us www.linkedin.com/in/dbolzmann As Co-Founder and CMO at WeDeliver, Daniela Bolzmann uses her powers to help local businesses of Chicago

grow their sales and connect with the local community through delivery. She serves on the council for Ms.Tech,

a group dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs gain access to the resources they need most.

entrepreneurs gain access to the resources they need most. Joe Born, CEO, Hale Devices www.linkedin.com/in/joeborn Joe

Joe Born, CEO, Hale Devices www.linkedin.com/in/joeborn

Joe has decades of experience with designing, sourcing and marketing. He has brought our $300 Million worth of consumer electronics to market, including the SkipDr. Joe is also founder of Neuros Technology, which became

a pioneer in developing open source set-top boxes for Internet television and other video and audio hardware

devices. He is an expert in hardware design, manufacturing and supply-chain management. Joe holds dozens of patents and has brought a host of CE accessories and devices to market with hundreds of millions of dollars in sales. Joe is passionate advocate of the power of open source and crowd-sourcing innovations and is active in the open source community. His current venture, Hale Devices, is an Android auto accessory using the world’s first universal speaker dock for Android with a remote.

first universal speaker dock for Android with a remote. Kurt Brasch, Patent Licensing Manager, Google

Kurt Brasch, Patent Licensing Manager, Google www.linkedin.com/in/kurtbrasch Having moved to Google from Motorola Mobility (MMI) in October, 2012, Kurt is focused on patent licensing and also leads patent transaction strategy. His work has included the development of Google’s cross licensing strategy and he led the Google-Cisco license negotiations that successfully closed in January, 2014. Before joining Motorola’s mobile device business in 2008, Mr. Brasch created and led a start-up consulting firm focused on training technical managers. Before that, he was with Motorola’s government business for 18 years with experience in product marketing, international logistics, sales and finance. He holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Arizona State University and a master’s in business administration from Northern Illinois University.

business administration from Northern Illinois University. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in

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Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago,
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
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The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

MENTORS, SPEAKERS

U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. MENTORS, SPEAKERS Carter Cast, Clinical Associate Professor of Management,

Carter Cast, Clinical Associate Professor of Management, Kellogg

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/carter-cast/b/188/704

Carter received his early training in the restaurant division of PepsiCo, Inc. Carter then served as vice president of product marketing and marketing communications at Electronic Arts, launching products like SimCity 3000and The Sims. He left to become a member of the start-up team for Blue Nile Inc., a Kleiner-Perkins and Trinity Ventures backed company, the leading online retailer of diamonds and fine jewelry, selling in excess of $250 million after seven years in existence. He served as the senior vice president of marketing, merchandizing, creative and site from 2002-2005 at Walmart. In 2011, Carter joined the faculty of Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, where he is a professor teaching entrepreneurship and marketing.

he is a professor teaching entrepreneurship and marketing. Sean Chou, Chief Technology Officer, Fieldglass, Inc.

Sean Chou, Chief Technology Officer, Fieldglass, Inc. https://www.linkedin.com/in/chousy Sean was the first employee at Fieldglass, an award-winning cloud solution company. He has worked there for 14 years and is currently responsible for the overall development and delivery of Fieldglass solutions and professional services, overseeing the product development, hosting, implementation, customer care and marketing departments. His development team was an early pioneer in cloud technology, with a number of innovations that have helped define the industry. Sean has helped to build Fieldglass into the leading VMS, receiving numerous awards and recognition from organizations including The Stevie Awards and the Chicago Innovation Awards.

The Stevie Awards and the Chicago Innovation Awards. Erin Fox, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg

Erin Fox, Partner, Barnes & Thornburg http://www.btlaw.com/erin-j-fox/ Erin is also a member of Barnes & Thornburg’s Intellectual Property Department. She oversees U.S. and foreign patent prosecution and coordinates with foreign associates to best protect her clients’ rights globally. She has drafted and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in the mechanical, electro-mechanical, business method, software and design arts. Erin was recognized by Illinois Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” in 2014 for her work in the Intellectual Property practice area. She is the committee chair for the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC) CLE Committee and is active in the Chicago Bar Association, including the Alliance for Women. Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Before entering the legal field, Erin worked as a software engineer for a large global consulting firm and a small software firm in Chicago.

global consulting firm and a small software firm in Chicago. Bob Gillespie, CEO, Networking Research Group,
global consulting firm and a small software firm in Chicago. Bob Gillespie, CEO, Networking Research Group,

Bob Gillespie, CEO, Networking Research Group, Inc.

www.linkedin.com/pub/bob-gillespie/9/29b/3b5

Bob has over 20 years experience in consulting, technology, leadership and operations. A serial entrepreneur, he believes the ability to build great teams is the most important factor of success. He regularly holds sessions on Entrepreneurial Finance, Financial Modeling and Startups as part of the mentoring programs at the 1871 accelerator. He has spoken at the Business Marketing Association, the Society for Information Management, The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Northwestern University, DePaul University, The Accelerator Conference for Entrepreneurship and the Seed11 Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Conference among others. He has also been interviewed on NBC-5 Chicago, CBS-2 Chicago, BBC-Discovery, CNBC and Crain’s Chicago Business.

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

MENTORS, SPEAKERS

U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. MENTORS, SPEAKERS Karen Gordon, Founder & CEO, Lean Creative

Karen Gordon, Founder & CEO, Lean Creative labs http://linkd.in/gordonkaren Karen has been an advisor for over 14 years at i.c. Stars, project-based learning and full-immersion teaching to provide an opportunity for participants to develop skills in business and digital technology. In 2013, she founded Lean Creative Labs, which provides workshops and consulting services that enable individuals and teams to knowingly and consistently increase their economic contributions. They do this by developing an individual’s and/or team’s creative and innovative mindset and skills. She is also a mentor and advisor at 1871, Chicago’s epicenter for digital startups. Karen has a BBA in Marketing from George Washington University and has attended New York University’s Master’s program in Interactive Telecommunications.

Master’s program in Interactive Telecommunications. Gabe Greenbaum, Vice President, Pritzker Group Venture
Master’s program in Interactive Telecommunications. Gabe Greenbaum, Vice President, Pritzker Group Venture

Gabe Greenbaum, Vice President, Pritzker Group Venture Capital

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-heinen/13/948/757

Gabe joined Pritzker Group Venture Capital in 2012. He has been involved in the financing, strategy and operations of various technology, energy/clean-technology and business service companies over the past 13 years. Previously, Gabe worked as an investor with OCA Ventures, where he focused on early stage consumer IT, B2B, and SaaS investments. Prior to that, he was a consultant with AlixPartners, working on large scale operational and financial restructurings. Gabe co-founded StudentSpace LLC, a profitable, Chicago-based lead generation and brokerage group focused on the student housing market and, more recently, Storeplacer, an agile e-commerce Platform as a Service business. He is a founding member of the non-profit board of Chicago Professionals for Youth (CPY) and is a member of Indego Africa.

Aksh Gupta, Founder & CEO, Occasion http://www.linkedin.com/in/akshgupta Aksh believes that there is no “e-”commerce, it’s just commerce. There is no “e-”marketing, it’s just marketing. Technology is now a fundamental part of everything we do. He has been building tech tools for the small business and co-founded Ocassion, an application that lets merchants accept bookings on their websites in under 5 minutes. Businesses simply create listings and add them to their websites. By pasting just two lines of code, merchants can enable their customers to book online. Occasion is online booking made simple.

to book online. Occasion is online booking made simple. Samuel Guren, Owner, Guren Capital Management, LLC

Samuel Guren, Owner, Guren Capital Management, LLC

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/sam-guren/4/290/b8

Samuel started in the venture capital/private equity business in 1975, with Continental Illinois Venture Corporation (CIVC). In 1981, Mr. Guren was recruited by William Blair to co-found and manage William Blair Venture Partners. He grew the business to six professionals during three funds. Robert Baird recruited Mr. Guren in 1996 to manage the Baird Capital funds. From 2007 to 2011, he was the Managing Director of the Hyde Park Angels, an angel network affiliated with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Guren is a recipient of the Stanley C. Golder Medal which “acknowledges individuals who have made profound and lasting contributions to the private equity industry in Illinois”.

contributions to the private equity industry in Illinois”. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago,
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The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

MENTORS, SPEAKERS

U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. MENTORS, SPEAKERS Paul Heinen, SVP, Vornado Realty Trust

Paul Heinen, SVP, Vornado Realty Trust

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/paul-heinen/13/948/757

Vornado owns and manages over 100 million square feet of properties. Paul oversees office leasing for Vornado properties in Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Previously, Paul was Head of Asset Management at The John Buck Company for over 13 years, Vice President of Real Estate Services for Cain Brothers & Company, Inc., and Vice President of Development for the Koll Company.

and Vice President of Development for the Koll Company. Bryan Jurewicz, Founder, GradeBeam
and Vice President of Development for the Koll Company. Bryan Jurewicz, Founder, GradeBeam

Bryan Jurewicz, Founder, GradeBeam www.linkedin.com/in/bryanjurewicz Bryan is a visionary entrepreneur, successful CEO and executive advisor to early stage businesses. Among his achievements, he built the GradeBeam.com B2B Construction Communication Network, which connects 500,000+ contractors across North America. He led the company from initial concept through a successful acquisition and transitioned GradeBeam.com into a division of Textura which subsequently went public (NYSE:

TXTR). Mr. Jurewicz is now focused on helping companies execute strategies to accelerate growth, secure funding and achieve shareholder value.

Corbett Kull, Co-Founder, 640 Labs www.linkedin.com/in/corbettkull Prior to founding 640 Labs, Corbett ran worldwide sales and business development for PacketVideo. While at PacketVideo, he ran a sales organization of 20 people and was responsible for revenues of $70m per year. His team was responsible for sales to Verizon, AT&T, Cisco, Orange, Vodafone, NTT DoCoMo, and Hewlett Packard. Corbett started his career at Motorola working on signal processing software for satellite communications. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and his MBA in Marketing from the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology.

School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology. Eric Lunt, Co-founder & CTO, BrightTag
School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology. Eric Lunt, Co-founder & CTO, BrightTag

Eric Lunt, Co-founder & CTO, BrightTag http://about.me/elunt Eric currently serves as CTO of BrightTag, a global leader in real-time cloud-based marketing technologies based in Chicago. Prior to joining BrightTag, he was co-founder and CTO of FeedBurner, which Google acquired in 2007. After the acquisition, he remained at Google in a senior technology role for two years. Prior to FeedBurner, Eric co-founded and served as CTO at Spyonit.com (acquired by 724 Solutions), served as lead technical architect at Digital Knowledge Assets, and helped to lead the application architecture team in Accenture’s next generation technology group known as “Project Eagle.” In addition to his work at BrightTag, Eric is a senior technology advisor to Twitter and was recognized as one of Crain’s Tech 25 for his contributions to drive technology growth in Chicago.

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

MENTORS, SPEAKERS

U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. MENTORS, SPEAKERS Sonal Mane, Startup Portfolio Manager, Microsoft &

Sonal Mane, Startup Portfolio Manager, Microsoft & Microsoft Ventures http://sonalmane.com/about/

Sonal is a Startup Portfolio Manager at Microsoft based in Chicago, IL working with incubators like TechStars Chicago and Catapult, places like 1871 and TechNexus, and other major Chicago-area institutions like Built In Chicago. She is involved in US- and region-wide startup efforts like Silicon Prairie News, CIW, TechCocktail and SxSW and manages Microsoft’s partnerships across Midwest and Heartland. Sonal has over eight years of experience in product management leading cross-organization initiatives across Windows, Office and Bing while managing multidisciplinary fast-paced teams.

and Bing while managing multidisciplinary fast-paced teams. Muhammed Mekki, Founding Partner, AstroLabs
and Bing while managing multidisciplinary fast-paced teams. Muhammed Mekki, Founding Partner, AstroLabs

Muhammed Mekki, Founding Partner, AstroLabs https://ae.linkedin.com/in/mmekki Muhammed caught the entrepreneurial bug while studying for his MBA at Stanford University and working with the founding team of a venture-backed Silicon Valley tech startup. As an Iraqi-American, he has always been interested in bridging between the US and the Middle East to encourage a mutually beneficial exchange of people and ideas. In 2011, Muhammed co-founded Namshi with Louis and served as Managing Director from its inception until 2013. He developed deep expertise in operations, managing a team of over 40 professionals in logistics, production, and customer service. Muhammed is a former McKinsey consultant, serving clients across the GCC, and was featured in Gulf Business among Arabia’s most powerful “30 Under 30.”

Jamie Migdal, CEO & Founder, FetchFind https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamiedamatomigdal Jamie Migdal is a serial entrepreneur with 18 years of experience as a Founder/CEO. Having successfully built three companies within the pet industry space, she is considered an expert across all aspects of the pet services industry, including business development, client services, marketing, and management. Her fourth and current startup, FetchFind, is a digital company dedicated to further professionalizing the pet care industry via technology and education. Jamie is committed to participating in the business community, particularly as it relates to supporting fellow entrepreneurs.

as it relates to supporting fellow entrepreneurs. Julian Miller, Co-founder, Learnmetrics

Julian Miller, Co-founder, Learnmetrics https://www.linkedin.com/in/millerjulian Julian is a former high school teacher and department head turned technologist. After leaving the classroom, he spent a few years as a teaching artist and curriculum consultant before going to work for companies like HP, SunTime Media, Canon Camera, Barnes and Noble and more. Julian is obsessed with creating experience as a means to take branding beyond the page. He is now the co-founder of Learnmetrics, a big data analytics company for education to increase the capacity and opportunities for student success. His areas of expertise include education & edtech, front-end web development and design.

& edtech, front-end web development and design. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in

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Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago,
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
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The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

MENTORS, SPEAKERS

U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. MENTORS, SPEAKERS Dan Ratner, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Public

Dan Ratner, Co-founder & Executive Chairman, Public Good Software

http://danratner.com/speaking/ Dan is the Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of Public Good Software. Prior to PGS he was Director of Development, helping to build the technology team for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Before the campaign, Dan served as Co-Founder and COO/CTO at Sittercity, the nation’s largest service dedicated to helping parents find quality childcare online. In addition to his startup and campaign work, Dan is on the boards of Open Books, a Chicago literacy organization, and Fulcrum Point New Music Project. When not working, he loves to write and has published two non-fiction books on nano-technology and is working on an upcoming novel.

on nano-technology and is working on an upcoming novel. Andy Sabin, Ph.D., Founder& Managing Member, Ear

Andy Sabin, Ph.D., Founder& Managing Member, Ear Machine

www.linkedin.com/pub/andrew-sabin/18/365/853

Andy is the Founder and Managing Member at Ear Machine. Ear Machine works to improve the user experience of hearing assistance devices via smart phones and tablets. It is funded by the National Institutes of Health to use big data to help people personalize the sound of their hearing aids. Prior to founding Ear Machine, Andy completed a Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University. Andy has also worked extensively in music production.

Andy has also worked extensively in music production. Shachar Schiff, Founder, Bad Testing

Shachar Schiff, Founder, Bad Testing https://www.linkedin.com/in/shacharschiff After spending 14 years delivering dynamic, results-oriented testing solutions for marketing, Internet and Broadcast Media industries, Shachar founded BAD TESTING®, a company that helps you manage risks associated with technology changes. It optimizes the performance of all processes from start to finish and delivers immediate and impactful contributions clients. His first job was as a systems operator at AOL. He has also played an active role from inception to delivery on projects for companies like Cadillac, Cherokee Casinos, Chicago Bears, Kellogg’s, Levi Strauss & Co., New York Times, Philip Morris, Professional Golfers Association of America (PGA), and Procter & Gamble Co.

Association of America (PGA), and Procter & Gamble Co. Simeon Schnapper, CEO and co-founder, Youtopia

Simeon Schnapper, CEO and co-founder, Youtopia https://www.linkedin.com/in/simeonschnapper Simeon is an actor and producer known for his movies Dot and Neo Ned. He co-founded Youtopia, a student engagement platform that provides instant access to plug-and-play gamification tools (points, badges, and leaderboards) that incentivizes students to become more engaged in their school and their community. This venture started as a “fake” startup to make a movie about creating a company. After winning a few startup competitions, the venture became a reality with the goal of bringing and documenting its growth all the way to becoming an IPO.

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

MENTORS, SPEAKERS

U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. MENTORS, SPEAKERS Jim Spinello, President & CEO, Birdsong Ventures

Jim Spinello, President & CEO, Birdsong Ventures

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jim-spinello/0/17a/b0b

Birdsong Ventures is a collective of Entrepreneurs, Angels, Advisors, Mentors, Marketers and Activists focused on introducing brands to disruptive technology and investing in seed stage companies specifically in the consumer internet, SoLoMo and second screen digital entertainment verticals. Our members have lived in the trenches of the corporate brand and entrepreneurial communities for years. With that experience we’ve refined the art of delivering innovative results to our partners with a focus on relevance as the key to return on investment.

a focus on relevance as the key to return on investment. Chuck Templeton, Managing Director, Impact

Chuck Templeton, Managing Director, Impact Engine and Founder, OpenTable www.linkedin.com/in/ctemp Chuck is passionate about early stage and emerging companies, and is focused on using business principles to find solutions to the world’s most pressing problems. He took his first big step as an entrepreneur in San Francisco when he founded OpenTable, which went public on the NASDAQ in May of 2009 (OPEN). While CEO, he recruited and hired the first management team, obtained and allocated company resources, led the business and product strategy, and carefully crafted a highly dedicated culture. OpenTable is the global leader in restaurant reservations with customers in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries.

customers in all 50 states and more than a dozen countries. Sebastian Villarreal, Founder, LendSquare

Sebastian Villarreal, Founder, LendSquare www.linkedin.com/in/sebastianvillarreal LendSquare provides small businesses with an alternative path for financing. Instead of going to a traditional bank, small businesses can use LendSquare to borrow from customers, suppliers, and members of their extended social network. Through LendSquare, small businesses find financing at an appropriate interest rate, individuals invest transparently and profitably, and community bonds are strengthened. LendSquare’s lending platform is aimed at existing small businesses that need funds to grow. LendSquare uses local knowledge to create investment opportunities that are overlooked by traditional banking services.

that are overlooked by traditional banking services. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago,
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST ADVISORY GROUP

Department of State and CRDF Global. GIST ADVISORY GROUP Rashid Al Ballaa, CEO, National Net Ventures

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).

and founded Direct Broker for Financial Services (DBFS). H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor

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.

he worked as a financial analyst with Saudi Aramco. Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari Corporation, Chuck E.

Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari Corporation, Chuck E. Cheese Pizza and Brainrush 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.

is teaching academic subjects with over 90% retention. Dr. Pat Dinneen, Managing Director, Siguler Guff &

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 into emerging European and Asian markets.

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

GIST ADVISORY GROUP

Department of State and CRDF Global. GIST ADVISORY GROUP Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Priceline.com,

Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder & Former CEO, Priceline.com, Founder, ColorJar 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.

seen on Fox News, CNN, NBC, and other major media outlets. Ali Ismail Sabanci, Chairman and

Ali Ismail Sabanci, Chairman and Director, Pegasus Airlines 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.

Luftverkehrs KG and AFM Uluslararasi Film Produksiyon A.I. Dr. Roger Wyse, Managing Director & General Partner,

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.

of an open innovation strategy for emerging economies. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington,
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC
June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC

GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

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

CRDF GLOBAL GIST TEAM

Department of State and CRDF Global. CRDF GLOBAL GIST TEAM NATALIA PIPIA Associate Director, Entrepreneurship &

NATALIA PIPIA

Associate Director, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global - @NataliaPIpia

www.linkedin.com/in/nataliapipia 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 of advancing technology entrepreneurship in emerging economies. A critical part of her current position is developing vision and outreach strategies as well as overseeing a portfolio of programs that source and provide support to tech companies. 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. She holds a M.A. in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.

International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. OVIDIU BUJOREAN Senior Manager, Entrepreneurship &

OVIDIU BUJOREAN Senior Manager, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global @ovidiubujorean

www.linkedin.com/in/bujorean 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).

of MIT Sloan (MBA) and Harvard Kennedy School (MPA). YURITZI ACOSTA Associate Program Manager, Entrepreneurship

YURITZI ACOSTA Associate Program Manager, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global

www.linkedin.com/in/yuritziacosta/ Yuritzi Acosta has over five years of experience in international program management. For the last three 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.

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

CRDF GLOBAL GIST TEAM

Department of State and CRDF Global. CRDF GLOBAL GIST TEAM FIDAN KARIMOVA Associate Program Manager, Entrepreneurship

FIDAN KARIMOVA

Associate Program Manager, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global

www.linkedin.com/in/fidankarimova 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.

enjoys combining those two fields of interest in her work. AMANDA GANT Associate Program Manager, Entrepreneurship

AMANDA GANT Associate Program Manager, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, CRDF Global

www.linkedin.com/in/amandalynngant 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.

trips to Nicaragua to promote travel and cultural exchange. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is
trips to Nicaragua to promote travel and cultural exchange. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is

The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871

Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
Journey in Chicago is organized in collaboration with 1871 The GIST Initiative is a partnership led
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF
The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.

GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

June 9-20, 2014 Chicago, IL & Washington, DC

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE GIST TEAM

IL & Washington, DC U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE GIST TEAM DR. JONATHAN MARGOLIS Deputy Assistant Secretary

DR. JONATHAN MARGOLIS

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.

policy, negotiations, and international organizations. DR. SARA KLUCKING Global Engagement Team Lead, U.S.

DR. SARA KLUCKING Global Engagement Team Lead, U.S. Department of State

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.

as a Brookings Institution Legis Congressional Fello w. MS. KATHRYN PHARR Science, Technology & Innovation

MS. KATHRYN PHARR Science, Technology & Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State

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.

with USAID in Egypt, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Indonesia. DR. ANNA QUIDER GIST & Innovation Program

DR. ANNA QUIDER GIST & Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State

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

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Howard A. Tullman, CEO, 1871

https://www.linkedin.com/pub/howard-tullman/1/927/346

Howard has over 45 years of start-up, management, IPO and turn-around experience. He is the CEO of 1871, one of the largest technology incubators in the United States, and the General Managing Partner of G2T3V, LLC and of Chicago High Tech Investment Partners. He is a member of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago NEXT and Cultural Affairs Councils and of Governor Quinn’s Illinois Innovation and Arts Councils; a member of President Preckwinkle’s New Media Council; an adjunct professor at Kellogg; and an advisor to many start-ups. Howard is the former Chairman and CEO of Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy. Over the last 45 years, he has successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies.

successfully founded more than a dozen high-tech companies. The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by

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

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by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. 1871 Team Tom Alexander, COO, 1871
by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. 1871 Team Tom Alexander, COO, 1871
by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. 1871 Team Tom Alexander, COO, 1871

Tom Alexander, COO, 1871

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomalexander19

As the COO of 1871, one of the largest technology incubators in the United States, Tom’s role includes operations, business development, and external relations with government and media. Previously, Tom served as deputy communications director for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Tom has also served as a senior communications director at the University of Chicago, a policy and communications projects director in the Office of the Governor of Illinois, and a senior disaster analyst for the U.S. Small Business Administration in Washington, DC. He founded a small sports newspaper and has worked as a reporter, editor and adjunct professor of journalism.

Kristin Barrett, VP, 1871 https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristinbarrett As a vice president at 1871, one of the largest technology incubators in the United States, Kristin helps to manage programming and operations. Prior to 1871, Kristin ran operations for Excelerate Labs (now Techstars Chicago), a top-ranked technology startup accelerator, building educational programming and mentorship relationships. Kristin also worked with startups and early-stage investments through Hyde Park Angels. Kristin started in entrepreneurship while working on new ventures and corporate strategy for Redbox. She also worked in management consulting with A.T. Kearney, touching a variety of industries including pharmacy, logistics, and agricultural goods. She is on the board of Northwestern Student Holdings. In her free time, Kristin is working on her fluency in Spanish.

her free time, Kristin is working on her fluency in Spanish. The GIST Entrepreneurship Journey in

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GIST IN THE NEWS

GIST IN THE NEWS

in collaboration with 1871 GIST IN THE NEWS GIST IN THE NEWS GIST Entrepreneurs Inspire Female

GIST Entrepreneurs Inspire Female Small Business Owner in Washington, DC

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

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“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.”

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Battle of Ideas World Cup 2011.” Read more at tiny.cc/NUST Indonesian Minister: ‘We need four million

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

YouTube, LinkedIn and Others Tackle Brain Drain in Malaysia Malaysia has a very young population, 65%

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

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GIST IN THE NEWS

GIST IN THE NEWS GIST IN THE NEWS whenever they’re feeling unsafe. SecQme joins the fight

whenever they’re feeling unsafe.

SecQme joins the fight against crime in Malaysia

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

Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23750925

Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle East

Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle East Most Middle East entrepreneurs can only
Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle East Most Middle East entrepreneurs can only
Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle East Most Middle East entrepreneurs can only

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

there,” Sankari said. Read more at tiny.cc/msnGIST Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in
there,” Sankari said. Read more at tiny.cc/msnGIST Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in
there,” Sankari said. Read more at tiny.cc/msnGIST Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in
there,” Sankari said. Read more at tiny.cc/msnGIST Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in

Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in MENAthere,” Sankari said. Read more at tiny.cc/msnGIST At the second Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul

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

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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.

traffic, roadblocks and classes and then feeds into the map. Ma2too3a has been downloaded over 80,000

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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