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2016 GIST Technology Competition Application Details



About the GIST Technology Competition

Applications are currently ongoing for the 2016 GIST Technology Competition. Are you interested in applying to compete in the GIST Tech-I 2016 competition? The process is simple and this page will help guide you through.

Before you apply for the GIST Technology Competition, you should first confirm that you are eligible to compete. The basic eligibility requirements are that:

  • You must be a citizen of a GIST eligible emerging economy; and
  • You must be between the ages of 18-40 years old on January 15, 2016.

For a full list of the eligibility criteria including rules on teams, please consult the Program Announcement. For translated versions please see the Materials and Translations page.

Apply For GIST Technology Competition 2016

Once you have established that you are eligible to apply, you will next need to get together a few promotional materials for your application including:

  • A Short Summary This short summary should be one to two sentences describing the idea or startup and must not exceed 100 words. Should the application advance on to the voting phase of the competition, the short summary will be provided to the voter to provide a quick understanding of the idea or startup.
  • An Executive Summary The Executive Summary narrative must be completed online in the application tool, must not exceed 750 words, and must be written in English. It should include the information outlined in the Program Announcement which includes significance of idea, scientific and technical merit, and commercial potential.
  • A 90 Second Promotional Video Each application must include a 90 second promotional video, which should highlight the value and purpose of the product or service to customers. The video must be presented by the applicant in English or include English subtitles. The video should focus on the concept, product, or service being promoted and its potential market value. This is your opportunity to really sell your idea so your video should be both engaging and creative. Further advice can be foundhere. Videos from last year’s startup and idea stage winners are also available to use as examples.

During the GIST Technology Competition application, you will be asked several questions including whether you are submitting an Idea or Startup science and technology product, research, or service. The following criteria should be applied to help you to decide which category you fit in:

Idea Stage Application

      • The entrepreneur has research or a technology with commercialization potential.
      • The entrepreneur has not started a business yet and is willing to start a business.
      • The entrepreneur has defined the qualifications of a management team needed to execute the idea.
      • The entrepreneur has started to identify advisors.
      • The entrepreneur has started market research.

      Startup Stage Application

        • The venture is for profit
        • The venture is less than three years old from date of startup.
        • The venture has some funding already—either through revenue, through external financing (from public or private sources), or a combination of both.
        • The venture has a product or service that is currently in a testing or pilot stage and that can be made available for commercial release.

        The Tech-I team will also be hosting a series of webinars to assist you in the application process and the time and dates for these are:

        • December 9, 2015 at 10:00am US EST
          Topic: Is Tech-I for me? What is Tech-I?
          To watch a recording of this webinar, click here
        • December 16, 2015 at 10:00am US EST
          Topic: How to make a promotional video
          To watch a recording of this webinar, click here
        • January 6, 2016 at 10:00am US EST
          Topic: Advice on how to complete your proposal
          To watch a recording of this webinar, click here


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