GIST Tech-I Competition 2015 – Win $15,000

Are you a scientist? An entrepreneur? A researcher? An innovator? A student? Are you just someone who has a great idea or startup company and are looking to change the world? Whoever you are, if you have a great idea then Tech-I is for you!

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 in an application consisting of an executive summary and promotional video. Their applications are then reviewed by experts and voted on by the global voting public in order to determine the finalists. Thirty finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this year in sub-Saharan Africa, to showcase their ventures and to receive intensive training. Tech-I winners, selected by experts at the GES, win mini-grants, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training.

Since 2011, innovators from over 86 countries have showcased their science and technology ventures to the world through GIST Tech-I 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, selecting finalists representing Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Middle East.

Now is your turn to participate and share your amazing ideas with the world! GIST Tech-I 2015 application opens February 17!

The Tech-I competition is open to everyone between the ages of 18 to 40 years old who has either an idea or a startup in the sectors of agriculture, energy, healthcare, or information communication technology (ICT). Your idea or startup can be an invention, a product, a service, an app, any combination of these, or something entirely unique.


The Tech-I Competition is designed to encourage and support technology and science entrepreneurs to launch and/or grow a company through:

  • Training and mentorship with successful entrepreneurs, scientists, angel investors, and venture capitalists;
  • Networking opportunities; and
  • Access to capital.

Thirty finalists are eligible for up to $15,000 USD in prizes and will win a free trip to attend the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

This year 86 countries are eligible to apply.


So if you are from a GIST eligible country, are aged between 18-40 years, and have a great idea then apply today!

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