State Department Is Encouraging Young Technology Entrepreneurs

The U.S. State Department has been working with CRDF Global, an international non-profit working on international science and technology collaboration, on the Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST) program.  GIST works to help young technology entrepreneurs in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is working to implement a GIST supported project, the Tech-I competition.  Submissions are due July 21st and the competition is open to young entrepreneurs in 86 countries (all of the GIST regions plus Latin America). Applicants, once they register, can upload their promotional video (under 90 seconds) and executive summary of their project (up to 750 words).  Review panels broken down by geography and subject area (information and communications technologies, agriculture, energy and health) will review the submissions and select semi-finalists.  Those selected will have their promotional videos voted on by the public, and 30 finalists will be invited to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Morocco.  Finalists will make final pitches at the Summit, where a total of $70,000 in grant funding will be awarded in several categories.

If you are interested, or know someone who is, have a look at the competition.

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