The GIST Tech-I Competition 2019 (For Young People in Science & Tech)

Since 2011, innovators from around the globe have showcased their science and technology ventures to the world through GIST Tech-I pitch competitions. Thousands of expert reviews have taken place and the online voting public has cast over 1 million votes in support of these talented young innovators.

Now is your turn to participate and share your amazing ideas with the world through the annual GIST Tech-I competition.

The GIST Tech-I Competition 2019

The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators submit their ideas and startups online which are then reviewed by past competition finalists before they enter a global public vote to pick the top entrepreneurs who compete in the Tech-I finals.

For the 2019 competition, up to twenty-four finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Bahrain to showcase their venture and to receive intensive training. GIST Tech-I winners, selected by experts at GEC, win prizes, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training.


Applicants must meet ALL of the following eligibility requirements:

  • The applicant must be 18-40 years old by the application deadline, December 28, 2017.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of at least one of the 136 GIST-eligible emerging economies.
  • The applicant must not hold dual-citizenship or permanent resident status in a non-GIST
  • The applicant must not submit more than one application per GIST Tech-I competition year.
  • The applicant must not be a previous GIST Tech-I finalist who traveled to and competed in
    the GIST Tech-I Finals at GES.

In addition to meeting the applicable requirements above, applications must be for Ideas or Startups
that met ALL of the following requirements:

  • The application must be the original work of the Idea or Startup applicant.
  • The Idea or Startup must be developing an innovative science or technology solution with
    market potential in a GIST-eligible economy.
  • The Idea or Startup must be for-profit. Applications from non-profit ventures or NGOs are
    not eligible and will not be reviewed.
  • The Startup must be less than three years old.
    The Idea or Startup must be, at least in part based, in a GIST-eligible economy.
  • The Idea or Startup must be developing or selling products and services that use its own
    innovations in science and technology. Applications from organizations that buy and resell
    technologies will not be reviewed.
  • The Idea or Startup must not submit more than one application per GIST Tech-I competition

Prizes and Benefits

All applicants:

  • Opportunity to participate in webinars leading up to the application deadline.
  • Example topics are communicating effectively, networking, and understanding your market.


  • Global exposure. In previous years, semifinalists received upwards of 400,000 votes from all over the world and were featured by numerous local, national, and international media outlets.
  • Several met or were mentioned by their heads of state.
  • Marketing and networking support from the AAAS Team, including the provision of voting graphics, several webinars, and guidance on reaching out to media outlets.


  • An all-expenses-paid trip to Bahrain to pitch the idea or startup and network with entrepreneurs and investors at GEC 2019.
  • Opportunity to attend several pre-GEC training webinars on topics such as pitching to investors, business models, and intellectual topic.
  • Two days of intensive training and mentoring in Bahrain before the start of GEC.
  • Opportunity to win seed capital and other prizes during final pitch contest. Prize amounts will be published closer to GEC.
  • Three months of mentorship

How to Apply

  • Prospective applicants will go to to apply.
  • The applicant will complete a standard application form and will select an Alumni Mentor to work with should they be selected to continue in the competition.

The GIST Tech-I Application consists of:

  • A 100-word short summary of your project, to be used on the public voting website if your project advances to semifinals. Your short summary must be in English.
  • Brief eligibility questions.
  • Responses to several questions that address the Judging Criteria listed in section VII.
  • Each response is limited to 100 to 150-words. All responses must be in English.
  • A 90-second pitch video in English or with English subtitles provided. Formats
    accepted include.MOV, MPEG4, MP4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, and WebM. See examples from previous participants on YouTube.

Deadline: 30th November 2018


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