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GIST TECH-I

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GIST Tech-I

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

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

GIST TECH-I

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

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WELCOME MESSAGE

WELCOME MESSAGE
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

CRDF GLOBAL

Dear Entrepreneurs and all who support them,

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

CRDF Global and the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative welcome you to the

“We believe entrepreneurs can create jobs thatfortifj; relationships between countries, build global markets, and

4th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by the government of Malaysia.

helpfulfill the dreams of all who desire thefreedom to make of their lives what they will.”
We are very proud to present a talented group of 30 aspiring young entrepreneurs who are finalists in the
The GIST Tech-I competition highlights the potential of entrepreneurs worldwide to facilitate the creation of high-impact

annual GIST Tech-I Competition. They join a rapidly-growing, global GIST community of more than180,000

technology startups. GIST Tech-I is an important part of our Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST)

people. Since 2011, GIST has trained 1,000 entrepreneurs from the Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Turkey.

initiative which implements a network of programs to identify, train, and connect young innovators. GIST provides the

We have offered mentorship to 470 people and provided critical skills-training and funding opportunities to

mentorship, seed funding and market exposure needed for young entrepreneurs to succeed. The U.S. Department of
State supports GIST and works in partnership with CRDF Global to create technology entrepreneurship role models
through activities like GIST Tech-I. The past two years’ Tech-I group of young problem-solvers demonstrated their
positive impact on communities around the globe through their innovations. It is my pleasure to welcome this third
inspirational and formative group.
Congratulations to all of the participants and best wishes on growing your ideas and startups into businesses that have strong economic and societal impact.
Sincerely,

enable hundreds of early-stage ventures to move their start-ups forward.
Through GIST, CRDF Global connects people who, though they may live across the globe, speak the same
language – people who believe in the power of entrepreneurship and the power of young and dynamic
innovators to improve their communities, countries, and regions.
GIST is very privileged to have with us in Kuala Lumpur enthusiastic and forward-thinking mentors, judges and speakers to share their insights
and advice. Several GIST partner organizations, including Startup Malaysia, Dar Technoham Business Incubator (DTBI), Malaysian Technology
Development Corporation (MTDC), N2V, the Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center of Egypt (TIEC), NaiLab, MIT-EF chapters (of the Pan
Arab Region, Turkey and Pakistan), Bangladesh Youth Leadership Center (BYLC), Tenmoun, Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey (TEPAV)
and the African Incubator Network, have provided dedicated support. They represent an important part of the expanding network that CRDF Global, in
partnership with the U.S. Department of State, is developing through GIST. They all are members of the extended GIST family, and I extend my deepest
gratitude to them and to the CRDF Global GIST team, for making this initiative such a success.

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

Congratulations to the GIST Tech-I Competition participants. We look forward to an amazing experience in Kuala Lumpur as we help you pursue your
dreams.
Good luck!
Sincerely,

Cathleen A. Campbell
President and Chief Executive Officer
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AGENDA

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AGENDA

Day 1 - Wednesday, October 9, 2013: Closed to Public. Rooms 304-305.

Day 3 - Friday, October 11, 2013: Beginning of Summit. Open to Public.

09:00 - 09:30 AM Welcome remarks & Introductions
09:30 - 10:30AM

8:45 - 10:15 AM

Icebreaker and Entrepreneur Introductions

10:30 - 11:45 AM The Business Model Canvas and Customer Discovery Overview: Your dynamic roadmap to market validation and success.
11:45 - 12:15 PM Determine your Value Proposition, Customer Segments, Channels, Resources and Key Activities. Interactive Group Engagement
12:15 - 01:15 PM Lunch
01:15 - 02:00 PM

Networking and partnership formation workshop:
Learn by doing: Polishing your networking skills and leveraging the Summit using the People’s Choice Award

Summit Opening Ceremony & Keynotes in Plenary Hall Auditorium

10:30 - 12:30 PM Innovation Gallery Showcase in Ballroom 1

From Broken to Brilliant: laying the groundwork for coming up with ideas for your
business by identifying what is missing on the market in Room 304-305

12:00 - 2:00 PM

Lunch

2:00 - 5:00 PM

GIST Idea Stage Pitching–Open to the Public in Room 304-305

02:00 - 03:00 PM Marketing and sales techniques workshop
03:00 - 03:15 PM Break
03:15 - 03:45 PM Determine your Customer Relationships, Key Partnerships, Key Revenue Sources and Business Costs
03:45 - 05:15 PM

Present your Business Model Canvas
In three groups with 10 entrepreneurs each. 3 minute presentation with 2 minute Q&A from other entrepreneurs, facilitators or mentors.

Day 4 - Saturday, October 12, 2013: Last Day of Summit. Open to Pub-

05:15 - 05:30 PM Debriefing, Prep for tomorrow
05:30 - 07:00 PM Something with Startup Malaysia Youth or free time
Evening Welcoming Reception and Networking

9:30 - 10:50 AM

Coffee and Keynotes at the GES in Room 304-305

9:00 - 12:30 PM GIST Startup Stage Pitching - Open to the Public in Room 304-305

Day 2 - Thursday, October 10, 2013: Closed to Public. Rooms 304-305.
9:00 - 9:30 AM

8:00 - 9:00 AM
12:30 - 2:00 PM

Lunch and Judges Deliberation in Room 304-305

Real talk with one of the presenters. - Entrepreneurs have the opportunity to ask any questions - life and business advice
- of the top GIST presenters

2:00 - 3:00 PM

GIST Entrepreneurs attend GES Breakout #3 in Room 304-305

3:00 - 3:45 PM

Lessons Learned & Going Forward in Room 304-305

Customer Development 101:
Defining your Customers, Creating Customer Interview Templates and Doing the Customer Interviews

3:45 - 4:00 PM

GIST Entrepreneurs Head to GIST Awards Ceremony in Room 304-305

4:00 - 4:45 PM

GIST Awards Ceremony in Plenary Hall Auditorium

4:45 - 6:00 PM

Formal Closing of the Summit in Plenary Hall Auditorium

10:50 - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 - 12:00 PM

Presentation Skills:
This lean startup knowledge will strengthen your pitch! How to make the skills maximize tomorrow’s pitch.

12:00 - 1:00 PM

Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 PM

Discussion and preparation for Innovation Showcase Gallery:

2:00 - 2:20 PM

Mentorship: Own the relationship and be a star founder

2:20 - 2:30 PM

Break

2:30 - 2:45 PM

Breakout game related to mentorship

2:45 - 4:45 PM

Mentoring of top 30 with GIST alums and mentors

4:45 - 5:30 PM

Debrief and final reminders for GES and pitching
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READ ABOUT AND VOTE FOR THE TOP 30 SEMIFINALISTS @ HTTP://TINY.CC/GISTatGES

OCTOBER 11
INNOVATION SHOWCASE
BALLROOM 1

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

Hind Hobeika, Lebanon
Founder, Instabeat

OCTOBER 11 & 12
PITCHING SESSION
ROOM 304 & 305

Muhammad Saimum Hossain, Bangladesh
Founder, Greenovation Technologies

GIST TECH-I

Submission Deadline: June 17, 2013

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OCTOBER 12
AWARD CEREMONY
PLENARY HALL

GIST Tech-I Competition

ICT

ICT

ENERGY

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GIST ALUMNI

GIST @ GES OCTOBER 11-12, 2013

GIST TECH-I

Come and meet the top GIST science and technology entrepreneurs from Africa, Asia, and the Middle
East. An integral part of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit since 2011, the final round of the GIST
Technology Idea (Tech-I) competition is your opportunity to meet the next generation of young men and
women who want to change the world.

Where Innovative Minds and
Entrepreneurial Spirit Merge

A part of the GES since 2011

/GISTInitiative

/GISTInitiative

James Khoo, Malaysia
Founder, SecQMe

Catherine Kiguru, Kenya
Co-founder, Ukall Ltd.

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

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

IMPACT

WHAT IS GIST?

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

GIST TECH-I

GIST BOOT CAMPS

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

Two day on the ground hands-on
support for the most promising
ventures.

GLOBAL COMMUNITY

190K+

$15,000
$10,000
$5,000

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

CAPITAL RAISED

MENTOR NETWORK

JOBS CREATED

$21M

300+

800+

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facebook.com/GISTinitiative
@GISTinitiative

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

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

Competition Launch: April 18, 2013
GIST Webinars & Partner Trainings: May-June 2013
Submission Deadline: June 17, 2013
Online Voting: August 1-22, 2013
Semifinalist Training, Pitching and Awards Ceremony at Summit: October 10-12, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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AdvanTag

DAWTEC

Country: UAE
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, E-Commerce

Country: Lebanon
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: Energy, Green Architecture
Patented: Yes

@advantagme

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder & CEO:
Adam Eldaba adaba@advantag.me
Co-Founder & CTO:
Mo Shahin mshahin@advantag.me

AdvanTag

Present Target Market:
Consumers and Merchants in the UAE
Expansion Potential:
North America and the rest of the Middle East

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

TEAM @ GES:
Founder & Director:
Wissam Daou @widaou wdaou@dawtec.com
Sales Engineer:
Sandra Aoun
saoun@dawtec.com
Present Target Market:
Green architecture consumers in Lebanon
Expansion Potential:
MENA then Africa, Asia, & the Americas

DAWTEC
DAWTEC, founded in 2003, offers architectural
solutions to mechanical systems without affecting
performance through its new product, the Pergola
Solar System. It transforms solar energy to thermal
energy then into hot water while preserving an
aesthetic appearance. DAWTEC was announced
the “Be a Market” leader in 2011 by the Ministry of
Water and Energy.

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Website: http://www.advantag.me

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_AdvanTag

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Website: http://www.dawtec.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_DAWTEC

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Eneza Education

Exa.io

Country: Kenya
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, Mobile Based Education
Patented: Yes

Country: Bahrain
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, Computer Animation

TEAM @GES:
Operations Director & Co-Founder:
Chris Asego
chris@enezaeducation.com

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder:
Zakaria Ben Hamouche @zakariaBH zakaria@exa.io

Exa.io

Eneza Education

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

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

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

Exa.io provides animation studios and
freelancers with a 100x faster rendering
process without the fixed costs. The software
is based on Co-Founder Mohammed A.
Shaikhaldeen’s supercomputer prototype, built
cost effectively using graphics processing units.

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Website: http://enezaeducation.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Eneza

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Website: www.exa.io

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Exa

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Farmspace Africa

Faso Soap

Country: Kenya
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT/Agriculture, Agribusiness
Financing

Country: Burkina Faso
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: Health, Disease Prevention & Control

@a6ers

TEAM @ GES:
Chief Geek & Co-Founder:
Alex Muriu alex@muriu.me

Present Target Market:
Agribusiness entrepreneurs in Kenya
Expansion Potential:
Agribusiness entrepreneurs in all developing
nations

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

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder:
Moctar Dembélé technopole@2ie-edu.org
Co-Founder:
Gérard Niyondiko technopole@2ie-edu.org

Present Target Market:
Population in Burkina Faso at risk of malaria
Expansion Potential:
Population in Sub-Saharan Africa with low income
and those at risk of malaria

Faso Soap
Faso Soap is an anti-malaria solution that repels
mosquitos. The soap is produced from local
sources and sold at an affordable cost to low
income households. According to the World Health
Organization, nearly half of the world population
is at risk of contracting malaria. In Africa, malaria
remains the leading cause of mortality.

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Website: http://after6creatives.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FarmspaceAfr

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Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FasoSoap
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Fingers Hear

Goutra

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

Country: Algeria
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: Energy, Water Conservation
Patented: Yes

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder:
Suha Rafiq Tabakhi @suhatba star_tabakhi@yahoo.com

Fingers Hear
Sounds
Fingers Hear Sounds is a device that helps hearingimpaired individuals to communicate effectively
by converting the vibration of sound to pulses on
the fingertips. This product is more affordable than
implants in the market and allows hearing-impaired
individuals to communicate without sign language.

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

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder:
Mustapha Lakhdari mustapha.lakhdari@goutra.com

Present Target Market:
Real estate companies and high income population in
Algeria
Expansion Potential:
General population in Algeria and other countries

Goutra is a water saving system that allows
users to see a detailed report of water
consumption in real time. This electronic device
adapts to all types of faucets and wirelessly
sends consumption data to storage where data
is then analyzed by a software.

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Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FingersHear
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Goutra

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Website: http://goutra.wordpress.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Goutra

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Handasiyat.net

Hometown

Country: Jordan
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, Construction Engineering

Country: Pakistan
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, E-Commerce for Handicrafts
Patented: Yes

@handasiyat

TEAM @ GES:
CEO & Co-Founder:
Nermin Sa’d nermeen@handasiyat.net
Project Manager & Co-Founder:
Faisal Saleh
faisal@handasiyat.net

Present Target Market:
Construction market in a single Middle Eastern
country
Expansion Potential:
Construction market in several Middle Eastern
countries

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

TEAM @ GES:
Co-CEO:
Sidra Qasim @sidraqasim
sidra@hometownshoes.com
Co-CEO :
Waqas Ali @waqasaday
waqas@hometownshoes.com

Hometown

Present Target Market:
Leather handicraft consumers in North America and
Europe
Expansion Potential:
Leather handicraft consumers in the Middle East and
Asia

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

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Website: www.handasiyat.net Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Handasiyat
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Website: http://www.hometownshoes.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Hometown

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IdeaCentricity

Kytabu - Textbook
Subscription

Country: Pakistan
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, Social Platforms

Country: Kenya
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, Online Education
Patented: Yes

TEAM @ GES:
CEO & Founder:
Adnan Zafar Khawaja
@adnanzkh adnan@ideacentricity.biz
Co-Founder:
Hina Adnan hina@ideacentricity.biz

IdeaCentricity

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

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

Kytabu - Textbook
Subscription

TEAM @ GES:
Founder:
Tonee Ndungu @toneendungu tonee@kytabu.org
Present Target Market:
Publishing houses, government, and mobile services
providers in Kenya
Expansion Potential:
East, Central, and South Africa

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

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Website: www.ideacentricity.biz Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_IdeaCentricity
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Website: http://kytabu.org/

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_KytabuTextB

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Netizen Testing

SMART SurgiSol

Country: Malaysia
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: ICT, Usability Testing of Digital Products

Country: Pakistan
Stage of Development: Startup
Sector: Health, Medical Devices
Patented: Yes

@NetizenTesting

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder:
Alvin Chai alvin@netizentesting.com
Co-Founder:
Soon Aik sa@netizentesting.com

Netizen Testing

Present Target Market:
Southeast Asia companies, like banks, e-commerce,
game developers, and others with digital content on
web and mobile devices.
Expansion Potential:
Asia Pacific region

Netizen Testing provides simple, affordable and
accurate usability testing for website owners who
want to improve the conversion rates of their
website. Netizen is different from other usability
testing sites because it uses crowd-sourced user
recordings instead of consultants to lead focus
groups, making this self-service model affordable.

TEAM @ GES:
Vice President (Corporate Affairs):
Syed Y. Hassan @SyedYHassan
yasir.hasan@seecs.edu.pk

SMART SurgiSol

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

SMART SurgiSol has developed a training solution
for manual and robotic assisted laparoscopic
surgery. It offers surgeons dynamic trainings,
through which they can enhance their surgical
skills. After the successful development of products
over three years, Smart SurgiSol is ready for
commercialization.
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Website: www.NetizenTesting.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Netizen

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

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_SurgiSol

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Votek Tehnology
(iArabi Ltd)

Braci

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

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

@Braciinc

Votek Technology
(iArabi Ltd)
Juhaina is an intelligent Arabic Voice-enabled virtual
assistant platform, powered by Votek Technology.
Juhaina can recognize, analyze and understand
standard and dialectical Arabic speech with 95%
accuracy. Invented and implemented in the Middle East,
Juhaina will allow every Arabic company to adapt its
own Siri.

Country: Jordan
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT/Health, Consumer Electronics
Patented: Yes
TEAM @ GES:
CEO:
Anwar Almojarkesh almojarkesh@braci.co
Business Strategy:
Abdullah Lababidi lababidi@braci.co

Braci

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

Braci is a wireless solution for the hearing
impaired that detects a broad range of
sounds and alerts users through vibration
and flashing lights. Anwar, a heavy
sleeper, conceived and made the device
to wake him up on time for his early
university classes.
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Website: http://www.votek.me Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_VotekTech
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Website: www.braci.co Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Braci
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Chef Maha

diaSMASH
Beverage

@chef_maha

Country: Saudi Arabia
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT/Health, Healthy Food & Beverage

Country: Bangladesh
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: Health, Disease Prevention & Control

TEAM @ GES:
Founder:
Maha Khalaf me@chefmaha.com
Co-Founder:
Muna Saleh muna.saleh@hotmail.com

Chef Maha

Present Target Market:
Working female population
Expansion Market:
Health-conscious individuals in MENA who are
comfortable using technology

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

diaSMASH
Beverage

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

diaSMASH Beverage is an engineered health drink
proven to reduce blood glucose (combats diabetese)
and cholesterol (prevents high blood pressure and
heart attack risks). This low fat, low carbohydrate and
high fiber health drink is also refreshingly energizing
and sweetened without sugar.
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Website: chefmaha.com

  Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_ChefMaha

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Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_diaSMASH
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FireFighter

GuideMe

Country: Bangladesh
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Public Safety

Country: Algeria
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT/Health, Consumer Electronics

TEAM @ GES:
CEO:
Tarikul Islam @auronnogeorge
auronnotarikul@yahoo.com
COO:
Md. Munzur Morshed
morshed.munzur@gmail.com

TEAM @ GES:
CEO, Founder, Designer, Business Developer:
Badreddine Zebbiche badreddinez19@gmail.com

@GuideMeDz

FireFighter

Present Target Market:
Garments factories in Bangladesh
Expansion Potential:
Garments factories in Southeast Asia

FireFighter is a comprehensive initial firefighting
system that simultaneously activates the fire
extinguisher in the fire-affected location and
transmits signals to the fire brigade and traffic
police. This system could save lives and millions
of dollars in losses for garment factories in
Bangladesh.

GuideMe
GuideMe is an obstacles detection device
designed to provide audio guidance to visuallyimpaired individuals. It is integrated within shoes
and signals the user via smart phone app. This
technology could change the lives of some of the
285 million people who are visually impaired
around the world

Present Target Market:
Visually-impaired community in North America
Expansion Potential:
Visually-impaired community in Asia

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Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_FireFighter
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Website: www.facebook.com/GuideMeDz

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_GuideMe

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Imagi

Medi Seafood and
Krustacean (MSK)

@ImagiVisualize
Country: Indonesia
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Mobile Application for Home Design

Country: Tunisia
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: Agriculture, Sustainable aquaculture

TEAM @ GES:
CEO:
Christian Wirawan christ.wirawan@gmail.com
CTO:
Ryan Nixon Salim ryan.nixon.salim@gmail.com
Present Target Market:
Furniture stores in Indonesia
Expansion Potential:
Retail stores for items like furniture and art in
Southeast Asia

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

Medi Seafood &
Krustacean (MSK)

TEAM @ GES:
CEO & Founder:
Mohamed Sadok Krifa mskrifa@yahoo.fr
Present Target Market:
Luxury hotels and restaurants in Tunisia
Expansion Potential:
Luxury hotels and restaurants in Europe

Medi Seafood & Krustacean (MSK) is a high-tech,
organic, sustainable and environmentally-friendly shrimp
farm. MSK’s biological treatment of water allows for its
purification and reuse. Europe imports about 40% of the
frozen shrimp market, but the amount of fresh organic
shrimp is negligible, giving MSK a great competitive
advantage.
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Website: www.imagivisualize.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_Imagi

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

Video: http://bit.ly/Mediseafood

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NANO-TECH

Presto Wireless

Country: Pakistan
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: Health, Water Purification

Country: Jordan
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Internet
Patented: Yes

TEAM @ GES:
Founder:
Anum Imtiaz anum_imtiaz87@yahoo.com
Co-Founder:
Faisal Afridi faisalafridi@live.com

TEAM @ GES:
Chief Technical Officer:
Ala’ Khalifeh
@alafkh alafkh@gmail.com

NANO-TECH
NANO-TECH specializes in the design and
manufacturing of high-quality water filtration and
treatment products that provide pure and safe
drinking water. This could save the lives of millions
of Pakistanis as it is estimated that 40% of deaths
in the country are due to waterborne diseases.

Present Target Market:
Middle and upper class in Pakistan who do not have
access to clean water
Expansion Potential:
Low income communities in Pakistan

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

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

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_PrestoWireless

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Smarter++ Service

Smart Mouse

Country: Tunisia
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Mobile advertisement

Country: Tunisia
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: Health, Consumer Electronics

TEAM @ GES:
General Manager:
Nizar Ben Neji smarter.pp@gmail.com

TEAM @ GES:
CEO: Mehdi Snene
mehdi.snene@unige.ch
CTO: Ouassim Snane
snen.wassim@gmail.com

Smarter++ Service

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

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

Smart Mouse

Present Target Market:
International airports, hospitals and crisis
management units in epidemic areas like the Middle
East
Expansion Potential:
Open spaces area, companies with high traffic (e.g.
banks, air traffic control)

Smart Mouse is a computer mouse that monitors
employees’ health by tracking their body
temperature and other behavioral indicators of
oncoming sickness. This provides the basis for
preventive measures that increase employee
efficiency, reduce contamination in open-space
areas, and reduce the number of medical
absences.
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Website: www.smarterpp.com

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_SmarterPP

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Website: fit.unige.ch

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_SmartMouse

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TaxiBUL

Teletest

Country: Turkey
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Mobile Applications for
Transportation
Patented: Yes

Country: Bangladesh
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Mobile Application for Education

TEAM @ GES:
Founder:
Mert Kucukozkan mert.kucukozkan@taxibul.com
Co-Founder:
Serkan Ari serkan.ari@taxibul.com

Present Target Market:
Taxi drivers in Turkey
Expansion Potential:
Taxi drivers in Eastern Europe and Middle East

TaxiBUL
TaxiBUL is a mobile solution to haling taxis that uses
location-based technologies technologies to direct
drivers to customers in close proximity. TaxiBUL is a
transparent and secure mobile application both for
customers and drivers. It helps drivers decrease their
down time looking for customers and increase their daily

TEAM @ GES:
CEO:
Syed Ataullah Ibrahim @SAIbrahim974
fahim.amir70@yahoo.com
Marketing Manager:
Rezaul Karim
blank_disk@yahoo.com

Teletest

Present Target Market:
Bangladeshi candidates of public university
wanting to pass an admission test
Expansion Potential:
Public examination administrators in Bangladesh

Teletest uses mobile technology to create
an affordable, online, interactive distance
learning experience for students. This reinvents
the way students, especially the six million
marginalized students in rural Bangladesh,
access education.

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Website: www.taxibul.com.tr

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_TaxiBul

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ULostIFound

Vehicle Caretaker

Country: Egypt
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Internet Social Platform
Patented: Yes

Country: Pakistan
Stage of Development: Idea
Sector: ICT, Mobile Application for
Transportation

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder & Designer:
Ahmed Mansour Nasr
@ahmed60311 amansour@allisootak.com
Co-Founder & Project Manager:
Diyaa Atiya datiya@allisootak.com

ULostIFound

Present Target Market:
Egyptians and tourists in Egypt who have lost or found
something
Expansion Potential:
Other Middle Eastern countries

ULostIFOund is an online global lost-andfound office that connects people who have
lost something or someone with people who
can help locate the missing item or person by
allowing both parties to post on the platform.
The service is now available in seven languages.

TEAM @ GES:
Co-Founder:
Muhammad Jafry
@MuhammadHasanJa
mhasanjafry@gmail.com
Co-Founder:
Noman Khalid nomankhalid93@gmail.com
Present Target Market:
Pakistani mobile phone users who own a car,
automobile dealer mechanics, and local mechanics
Expansion Potential:
Mobile subscribers in Europe and Asia

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

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Website: www.ulostifound.com Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_UlostIfound

Video: http://bit.ly/GIST_VehicleCaretaker

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James Khoo Chen Shiang

Goh Ai Ching

Founder & CEO of SecQ.me
ICT, Malaysia
2011 GIST Tech-I and GIST Journey

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

Ali Raza Randhawa

Jolene Sim

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

Cofounder & Markertin Director of Incentify
ICT, Indonesia
2012 GIST Tech-I

secq.me

piktochart.com

pakenergysolution.com

incentify.asia

Dr. Khairul Idzwan Bin Baharin

Hind Hobeika

Muhammad Saimum Hossain

Catherine Kiguru of Ukall

ukall.co.ke

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

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

myderm.ro

instabeat.me

greenovationtech.com

Nizran Noordin

Perihan Abou-Zeid

Melvin Wong

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

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

taximonger.com

qabila.tv

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

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

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

fanxt.com

Natali Ardianto

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

tiket.com

Dr. Rafik Guindi

CEO of SilGenix
ICT, Egypt
GIST Entrepreneurship Journey

silgenix.com

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Lanre Akinola, Editor, Financial Times @AkinolaLanre
Lanre Akinola is the head of the editorial team at “This is Africa,” a special publication of the
Financial Times. Lanre developed and continues to drive the adoption of social media and other
forms of digital media. He helped develop, manage and execute several high-profile events for This
is Africa and Financial Times Live. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies at
the University of London with a BA in Politics. Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Lanre is now based
in London.
Jim Bagnola, President, The Leadership Group USA @JimBagnola
Jim Bagnola is an international speaker, executive coach and corporate educator with expertise in
the fields of leadership and body-mind management, focusing on how thinking patterns affect health,
happiness, success, and the capacity to lead. His personal mission has been the coaching of young
entrepreneurs and students, which he has done for the past 20 years in six continents. He also acts
as chair of the board of Leaders Romania and traveling globally with AIESEC, the largest student
organization in the world.
Jason Best, Co-founder & Principal, Crowdfund Capital Advisors
Jason is very active in US crowdfunding initiatives; he helped lead the U.S. fight to legalize equitybased crowdfunding, speaks globally on early stage finance and crowdfund investing, and authored
Crowdfund Investing for Dummies. Within CCA, Jason works with clients from governments and
NGOs to angel groups and PE/VC investment firms. He co-founded the Crowdfunding Professional
Association and CrowdFunding Intermediary Regulatory Advocates, as well as the UC Berkeley
Program for Innovation in Entrepreneurial and Social Finance.
James Chan, Co-founder and Principal, Neoteny Labs @m0t0chan
Neoteny Labs manages an early-stage venture fund that invests between US $50K and US $500K
in consumer Internet startups in Asia and the US. James Chan works closely with general partner
Joichi Ito on the fund and its portfolio companies as well as runs investment and fund operations out
of Singapore. He is also Director of Business Development & Operations at New Context Singapore,
the largest worldwide lean software development consultancy that helps businesses develop great
software along lean principles with methods that deliver excellence, reliability and predictability.

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Jaleh Daie, Managing Partner, Aurora Equity and CRDF Global Board Member
Dr. Jaleh Daie’s versatile career spans academia, foundations, business, NGOs and government.
Currently, she is Managing Partner at Aurora Equity, a Palo Alto-based company investing in start-up
companies. She is also a member of the Band of Angels. Prior to this she was the head of science
at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, providing executive and technical direction for a $120
million annual budget funding a diversified science and technology portfolio including the coveted
Packard Science and Engineering Fellowships.
Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, Founder, StartupMalaysia.org @DashInsights
Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, startup catalyst and evangelist, founded StartupMalaysia.org startup
catalyst and evangelist Dash Dhakshinamoorthy. Dash’s inspiration and drive for StartupMalaysia
stems from his deep desire to see more Malaysian startups globalize. His desire is further ignited
when he is constantly told that Malaysian startups are not featured in global conversations. Dash
leads the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) movement in Malaysia as its host for the last three
years, and last year, he attended U.S. President Obama’s Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship
in Washington, D.C. Dash is also a fellow of the U.S. Government’s prestigious International Visitor
Leadership Program (IVLP) in the domain of entrepreneurship.
Chuck Eesley, Assistant Professor, Stanford University in the Department of
Management Science and Engineering (MS&E) @eesley
Chuck Eesley’s research and teaching interests are institutions and technology entrepreneurship.
His studies aim to identify the individual attributes, strategies and institutional arrangements that
optimally drive high-growth entrepreneurship and, ultimately, economic growth. His work has
been funded by Sequoia Capital, the Kauffman Foundation, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, and
Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). He earned his bachelor’s degree from Duke University
and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Ahmed El-Alfi, Founder & Chairman, Sawari Ventures
Ahmed El-Alfi has extensive experience in creating and nurturing early stage companies as well as
structuring international M&A transactions including several IPOs on the NASDAQ. During 2006, he
served as the CEO of EFG-Hermes Private Equity. He is or has served on the Board of Directors and
Advisors of Waqf Endowment, Polytechnic School Pasadena, Claremont Graduate School of Religion
and several for-profit corporate boards. Ahmed is also an avid collector of Islamic coins.

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Hala Fadel, Chair, MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan Arab Region @halafrangie
Hala Fadel is a driven individual who believes in social change in the Arab region through youth
empowerment youth. She believes that youth can be empowered through entrepreneurship and
organized, constructive events in the region. Hala has founded numerous NGOs that cater to the
advancement and development of youth, including the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Pan-Arab Region,
which helped start over 120 businesses in the Arab region. Hala is also the Founder and Chair of
the first car-free event in the Middle East, in which 12 kilometers of Tripoli, Lebanon were free of cars
for 24 hours.

Berrak Kutsoy, Advisor to the Chairman, Pegasus Airlines; Young Entrepreneurs
Berrak started her career as Foreign Operations Assistant in 1999 at BNP-AK-Dresdner Bank of
Turkey. After earning her MBA in London, she returned to Turkey in late 2002 and served in a
number of positions. Since May 2009 she has been advisor to the chairman of Pegasus Airlines as
well as Young Entrepreneurs Board Coordinator of TOBB, a large Turkish NGO with 6,500 members
from 81 provinces.

Scott Gillespie, Commercialization Partner, Technology to VC (T2VC)
Scott Gillespie is currently the founder and managing partner of the Jigsaw Group, an early stage
investment and advisory group, and the commercialization partner for T2VC, a team that manages
a technology venture fund and designs innovation ecosystems in emerging markets. Scott lectures
at conferences, seminars, networking events, angel groups, universities and non-profits on various
topics including innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and management, risk
management, and environment management.

Dr. Jonathan Margolis, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Science, Space
and Health in the Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International
Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES)
Dr. 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.

Jennifer Haskell, Director, Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, U.S.
Department of State
Jennifer Haskell’s previous assignments include management positions at US embassies in the
Dominican Republic, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Israel, and Czechoslovakia; the Narcotics Affairs
Section at the U.S. embassy in Mexico City; and as a consular officer in The Philippines. She has
also served in the State Department’s Operations Center and the White House Situation Room. She
graduated from the University of Oregon and Thunderbird School of Global Management.
John Hurley, Senior Vice President, CRDF Global
Throughout his decades-long career, John Hurley has led or contributed to international programs in
four continents, focused on issues ranging from education and human rights to conservation, science
and engineering. He was Vice President for Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, directing the Foundation’s international grantmaking in over
60 countries. Before that, he was Director of the Board on Science and Technology for International
Development (BOSTID) at the National Research Council. Earlier, he was a Peace Corps volunteer
and staff member in Malaysia, Fiji, and Peace Corps headquarters.
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George Mulamula, CEO, DTBi
George Mulamula has run several ICT companies and entrepreneurship activities, and has written
extensively on ICT, technology transfer and sustainable development. Prior to being CEO of DTBi,
he was the Principal Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board in Kigali,
Rwanda. He was tasked with spearheading the organization in fast-tracking investment in Rwanda,
primarily in tourism, ICT and capacity building. For over 10 years, he has taught at various
Institutions, and for over 15 years, he has consulted with international and regional organizations
including UNESCO, ITU, and UPU.
Catherine Shu, Whiter, TechCrunch @CatherineShu
Catherine Shu is a TechCrunch writer based in Taipei. She started her career in New York City at
the Wall Street Journal Online and Barron’s Online before moving to Asia. After studying Mandarin
Chinese, Catherine put her language skills to the test by covering the design industry and culture
in Taiwan’s capital for the Taipei Times. Her other journalism experience includes an investigative
reporting internship at the Village Voice and numerous freelance writing gigs. Catherine graduated
from Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.
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Gibs Song, Managing Consultant, Mane-Aquila Consulting @gibssong
Gibs Song has over 25 years of experience in technology development, strategic planning and
executive management and venture investing around the world. He has founded, invested and
advised eight different companies. Gibs has held positions including Project Manager of the Electric
Vehicle Research Program at the Electrochemical Science and Technology Center at the University
of Ottawa and Director of U.S. Operations for Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, and
he remains a senior consultant at Cheil Industries and executive advisor to the Palo Alto Research
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Rashid Al Ballaa, CEO, National Net Ventures (N2V)
Rashid Al Ballaa is the founder of N2V, one of the largest internet holding companies in the
MENA region that invests capital in web ventures and offers essential infrastructure services to
help accelerate their growth. He is also a board member of National Technology Group (NTG),
the region’s largest ICT conglomerate and key provider of financial technology and services.
Before N2V, Rashid spearheaded regional business development efforts of Mubasher, the first
e-trading solution in the MENA region and founded Direct Broker for Financial Services (DBFS).
H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal, Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs
HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal heads the Investment Affairs department, which is responsible for
managing the investment environment and competitiveness agenda of Saudi Arabia. He has
been the President of the National Competitiveness Center since 2010 and is on the board of
Saudi Industrial Property Authority (MODON), King Faisal Foundation, the Global Federation
of Competitive Councils, and several other government commissions and regional investment
councils. Previously, he worked as a financial analyst with Saudi Aramco.
Nolan Bushnell, Founder, Atari Corporation, Chuck E. Cheese Pizza and Brainrush
@NolanBushnell
Nolan Bushnell is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese’s Pizza
Time Theater. Nolan is passionate about enhancing and improving the educational process by
integrating the latest in brain science, and truly enjoys motivating and inspiring others with his
views on entrepreneurship, creativity, innovation and education. Currently, he is devoting his
talents to fixing education with his new company, Brainrush, which uses video game metrics to
addict learners to academic subjects; his beta software is teaching academic subjects with over
90% retention.
Dr. Pat Dinneen, Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Company
Dr. Pat Dinneen has focused on emerging markets for most of her 36-year career with
responsibilities in due diligence, selection and monitoring of funds and co-investments,
performance benchmarking, research, and client advisory work. In her current position at
Siguler Guff & Company, which she began in 2004, Dr. Dineen manages their $2 billion
BRIC private equity investments. Prior to that, she worked with Cambridge Associates, British
Telecommunications (BT), and Hughes Communication, expanding expand their business ventures

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CRDF GLOBAL GIST TEAM

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

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

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

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

Ovidiu Bujorean, GIST Senior Program Manager, CRDF Global LinkedIn
Ovidiu Bujorean manages the GIST Initiative, a global endeavor that builds entrepreneurial
ecosystems in 54 countries across the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Ovidiu speaks globally on
professional networking, innovation, entrepreneurship and partnership building. Previously, he
was Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer
technologies. Ovidiu serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of AIESEC DC and as Vice
Chairman of MIT Enterprise Forum DC. He founded LEADERS, an organization that impacts lives
of about 10,000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe.

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COMPETITION FINALS

CRDF GLOBAL GIST TEAM
Yuritzi Acosta, Associate Program Manager, CRDF Global LinkedIn
Yuritzi Acosta has over five years of experience in international program management. For
the last two years, she has been actively engaged in implementing programs focused on
entrepreneurship support and working with a diverse group of entrepreneurs and startups from all
over the world. She has helped develop a network of entrepreneurs, angel and venture investors,
incubators, business accelerators, universities and other stakeholders to support these aspiring
entrepreneurs. She has coordinated a number of programs funded by local and international
agencies, and has livedin countries across Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe.
Fidan Karimova, Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative LinkedIn
Fidan Karimova joined GIST in October 2012, focusing on media messaging and
communications, but she has been on staff at CRDF Global for three years already, working on
client relationship management, website development, and promotional materials. Fidan has
traveled extensively, including living abroad in China, Italy, and Spain and working for a summer
at the UN in Azerbaijan. She also brings her entrepreneurial spirit to GIST, having started her
own painting business and dabbled in environmental fashion design in college.

Amanda Gant, Associate Program Manager, GIST Initiative LinkedIn
Amanda Gant joined GIST in March 2012, working with international partners to organize
startup boot camps and virtual mentorship programs. Amanda has long had the entrepreneurship
bug, selling bracelets on the beach of her hometown since middle school, an experience that
inspired her to study international development with the hope of empowering others to realize
their dreams by starting their businesses. Amanda supports her local community by organizing the
annual “Glover Park Day,” which showcases local area businesses and non-profits; she also leads
service-oriented ecotourism trips to Nicaragua to promote travel and cultural exchange.

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COMPETITION FINALS
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE GIST TEAM

Dr. Sara Klucking, Global Engagement Team Lead, U.S. Department of State
LinkedIn
Sara Klucking came to the U.S. Department of State from the Science and Technology Directorate
of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security where she managed a diverse S&T portfolio of risk
analytics, simulation modeling, and health security projects aimed at supporting science based
decision making in health security and counterterrorism program investments in DHS and the
broader homeland security enterprise. Her federal service began through an AAAS Science &
Technology Policy Fellowship and included a year serving in the U.S. House of Representatives as
a Brookings Institution Legis Congressional Fellow.
Dr. Anna Quider, GIST & Innovation Program Manager, U.S. Department of State
LinkedIn
Dr. Anna Quider works to improve local and global communities through international
cooperation by supporting U.S. Department of State policies and programming at the intersection
of science, innovation, and diplomacy, including the GIST Initiative. Previously, Dr. Quider
developed strategies to address local, national, and international issues spanning education,
science, innovation, and foreign affairs for the Office of Rep. Russ Carnahan, U.S. House of
Representatives. Dr. Quider is an astrophysicist who regularly engages broad audiences on topics
including astronomy, professional development, and policy.
Ms. Kathryn Pharr, Science, Technology & Innovation Program Manager, U.S.
Department of State LinkedIn
Ms. Kathryn Pharr, PMP, manages programs that enhance the impact of science, technology, and
innovation to solve global and local challenges, including the Global Innovation through Science
and Technology (GIST) initiative. Previously, Ms. Pharr used her chemistry masters degree to
help a start-up sustainable natural care company receive a worldwide exclusive patent from the
U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has also worked with USAID in Egypt, Ghana, Zimbabwe,
Zambia, and Indonesia.
Mr. Luke Thompson, Program Analyst, U.S. Department of State LinkedIn
Luke Thompson designs, implements, and oversees foreign assistance programs in the U.S.
Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs.
He works to address pressing global challenges in energy, health, and natural resources through
championing the role of science, technology, and innovation in strengthening relationships,
informing policy decisions, solving problems, and stimulating economic growth. Previously,
Mr. Thompson managed a grant program at Boston University that commercialized biomedical
innovations with the aim of improving patient outcomes.
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GIST TECH-I

GIST TECH-I

COMPETITION FINALS

GIST TECH-I SELECTION PROCESS

COMPETITION FINALS
GIST MENTOR HIGHLIGHT

Scott Gillespie is Founder and Managing Partner of the Jigsaw Group; an investor, civic entrepreneur, mentor and advisor to
early stage ventures; and has three decades of global experience.
Currently, Scott is Managing Partner of the Jigsaw Group, an early stage investment and advisory group,
andCommercialization Partner for T2VC, a team that manages a technology venture fund and designs innovation ecosystems
in emerging markets (see www.t2vc.com). With T2VC, Scott developed and delivered the Bedaya program to early stage
ventures in Palestine. This included global mentors and EiRs, group trainings in sales, business models, partnering, funding,
tailored training and support programs, personalized venture roadmaps, new market initiatives with Jordan, Iraq, Canada
and the UAE; this activity has led to follow-on projects for T2VC in the region.
Scott shares his insights and experiences at conferences, seminars, networking events, angel groups, universities and
non-profits. He lectures on innovation and entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and management, risk management and
environment management. Scott is also a co-founder and convener of Power of Angel Investing in Australia, and is active with the nonprofit Yacht Aid Global
(YAG), which sources education and medical supplies and transports them to regions struck by disaster using mega yachts (see www.yachtaidglobal.org).
Scott’s entrepreneurial career began in 1996 as the founder of the Jigsaw Group. In over 15 years at the Jigsaw Group, Scott has has invested, co-founded,
organized funding, guided, and turned around ventures in electric vehicles, new media, software, net tools, composite building materials, VOIP, community
portals, broadcast tools, business tools, F&B, new media and publishing. While investing and growing early stage ventures, Scott and the Jigsaw Group
have assisted in the operational transformation of corporations and governments, including the Australian Institute of Commercialization (in training and
new services), Sabre (in RHQ and sales process), ADI (in commercialization of defense), Telstra (in wireless), and Standards Australia (in new products and
services). Scott led the ExpatriateCONNECT
Initiative, which became a virtual network of more than 2500 mentors who have supported more than 400 export-motivated Australian ventures.
Scott has a bachelor’s degree in business (finance), an MBA (in marketing); and is a Certified Licensing Professional, a Certified Financial Planner (academic
pending practical), and life learner. Currently, Scott is on the advisory panel for YAG. He has been on the boards and advisory panels of numerous ventures,
associations, and companies, including:
• Australia & New Zealand Association of Business Incubators (ANZABI),
• Greater Northern Adelaide Regional Development Organization (GNARDO),
• Technology Parks Australia (TPA),
• CommerceNet Australia (CNA),
• Sydney Angels, and the Australian Association of Angel Investors (AAAI),
• Leading Links Club, and
• Committees of the Certified Licensing Professionals (CLP).

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BUILDING ENTREPRENEURIAL ECOSYSTEMS

GIST TECH-I

INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMS

COMPETITION FINALS

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.

CRDF GLOBAL’S IMPACT
CRDF GLOBAL’S IMPACT

GIST TECH-I

COMPETITION FINALS

Increasing Opportunities for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs

Transforming Technology

In the search for entrepreneurs with innovative technology ideas that can

Transfer in Russia CRDF Global has trained more than 300 technology

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

transfer managers and assisted eight leading research universities with

through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative has implemented

establishing technology transfer offices, which significantly contributed to

the GIS TTech-I Competition, attracting close to 200 teams from the

the establishment of the local innovation ecosystem. The Programs include

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

professional skills development seminars, workshops, academia and industry

CardioDiagnostics, a Lebanese startup founded by Ziad Sankari. Ziad lost

international conferences, and site visits to the United States for technology

his father at the age of 17 to a heart attack, which inspired him to create a

transfer professionals. Similar activities have strengthened the technology

medical device that monitors cardiac patients outside the hospital around the

commercialization capabilities of more than 20 research universities of the

clock. This idea earned him a top prize of the competition awarded at the

Russian Federation.

Core Program Beliefs

individual in mind, as the nucleus and sole purpose of our mission. Strategic

Innovation. We believe strongly in the power of technology and innovation

partnerships. We partner with like-minded local and regional organizations

Turkey. CardioDiagnostics has been given a strong start for a global success

Accessing U.S. Markets

as drivers for sustainable growth.

and corporations to leverage our resources and capabilities to build capacity

with $20,000 in seed funding, hands-on training with serial entrepreneurs

Since 2005, CRDF Global has implemented more than 20 U.S. travel

Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs transform innovation into enterprises

for greater impact and avoid redundancy.

and business mentors, global media exposure by MSNBC and Wired

programs for close to 90 participants representing dozens of universities,

Magazine, an upcoming trip to Silicon Valley and participation in the MIT

research institutes and technology companies from Russia, Armenia and

Global Startup Workshop.

Azerbaijan and collaborated with such prominent U.S. organizations as

that generate value and create jobs. Our programs are designed with the

Second Global Entrepreneurship Summit on December 3-5, 2011 in Istanbul,

Innovation Ecosystem Development

Startup Support

MIT, Babson College, Garage Technology Ventures, Plug & Play Incubator,

CRDF Global believes in the bottom-up approach in building the local

Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of all economies and

CleanTech Open and others. Based on the scalable and highly customizable

ecosystems and supports local entrepreneurship initiatives by identifying

the source of growth and dynamism. CRDF Global offers a comprehensive

format of the Innovation U.S. travel programs and existing cache of

leaders, existing programs and the gaps in the system.

suite of programs designed to nurture these early-stage companies.

experience, best practices and partners, CRDF Global is able to design and

• Assisting with the formation of new technology commercialization

• Identifying promising business opportunities, funders, partners and

offices and incubators

resource

• Strategic planning

• Designing and executing acceleration programs

• Management training and educational outreach

• Comprehensive skill development training

• Comprehensive programs designed to enhance entrepreneurship culture

• Access to sources of fundingInnovation

• Assisting with investment capital infrastructure development

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

Technology Acceleration

Ziad Sankari, CardioDiagnostics

CRDF Global promotes business growth by supporting students, researchers

Providing Access to Capital

and technology developers who believe that their product or service is viable

The “ecoFridge,” a revolutionary refrigeration system used to transport

commercially. Programs guide them through the process of commercialization

perishable products, was developed by a team of Ukrainian scientists

by honing their skills and helping them to grow and realize their market

with a U.S. business partner who participated in a CRDF Global research

potential.

and development grant competition. CRDF Global provided training and

• Identifying intellectual property with commercial potential in

mentorship to the team to prepare them to effectively pitch the ecoFridge at a

universities and corporations

venture forum in Los Angeles, CA. As a result, the team obtained $2.2 million

• Hands-on training in technology transfer and intellectual property rights
• Online technology commercialization courses
• Technology valuation and market assessment

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implement results-oriented and cost-effective programs that perfectly fit the

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.

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.

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GIST IN THE NEWS

GIST IN THE NEWS

GIST TECH-I

GIST IN THE NEWS

GIST TECH-I

GIST IN THE NEWS

GIST Entrepreneurs Inspire
Female Small Business Owner
COMPETITION
FINALS
in Washington, DC

COMPETITION FINALS

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

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.

prevention in the country. SecQme is the first mobile safety app made for Android and iPhone that allows

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

users to ensure others are aware of their whereabouts whenever they’re feeling unsafe.

entrepreneurs in seeking innovative ways to successfully promote and build their start-ups in the crowded marketplace.
Read more at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23750925

Read more at tiny.cc/duelow

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

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

Indonesian Minister: ‘We need four million entrepreneurs’

Read more at tiny.cc/msnGIST

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.]

Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in MENA

At the second Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul recently, we at Wamda were tremendously inspired by the contestants in the Global Innovation
through Science & Technology (GIST) Competition, who came from all over the Middle East and North Africa to showcase their carefully-honed scientific

Read more at tiny.cc/GISTinFORBES

ideas that could transform our societies.
Read more at tiny.cc/WAMDA

Road Trip! Founders Of YouTube, LinkedIn and Others Tackle
Brain Drain in Malaysia

Lebanon turns to apps to avoid growing
violence linked to Syria

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

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GIST TECH-I

GIST TECH-I

COMPETITION FINALS

COMPETITION FINALS
RESOURCES

GIST IMPACT

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

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

U.S. Government Programs
TECH CONNECT

BOOT CAMP
MOROCCO
ALGERIA
SENEGAL
INDONESIA
MALAYSIA
TANZANIA
TURKEY

GIST @ GES
TURKEY
UAE
MALAYSIA

ARMENIA
AFGHANISTAN
ALGERIA
AZERBAIJAN
BANGLADESH
BRAZIL
COLOMBIA
ECUADOR

EGYPT
GEORGIA
GHANA
GUATEMALA
INDIA
JORDAN
KUWAIT
LEBANON

MALAYSIA
MEXICO
NIGERIA
OMAN
PAKISTAN
QATAR
SAUDI ARABIA
SENEGAL

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STOCKHOLM
TUNISIA
TURKEY
USA
VENEZUELA

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

COMPETITION FINALS

COMPETITION FINALS

BEST OF GIST TECH-I FINALS AT GES

GIST PARTNERS
MEDIA PARTNER

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THOUGHT OF BEFORE:

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