Catalyst offers young STEM entrepreneurs the opportunity to elevate their pitch and showcase their scale-up on a global stage while receiving valuable mentorship from American entrepreneurs and academics who are leaders in the field of entrepreneurship.
The U.S. Department of State is excited to announce the 2021 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Catalyst pitch competition will be taking place virtually during Global Entrepreneurship Week (8-14 November 2021).
Apply by 22 September to ensure you get your chance to pitch your great solution to top investors and win up to $15k USD!!! See prize details below
Participants of the 2021 GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition will be competing for tens of thousands of dollars in mini grants and entrepreneurial resource prizes, the opportunity for mentorship and training, a chance to showcase their innovative solution to the entire GIST community including investors, and the prestige that comes with every GIST event.
1st Place: $15k
2nd Place: $12k
3rd Place: $10k
Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur: $8500
Spirit of GIST: $1500
People’s Choice: $1500
How to Apply
Interested Applicants should visit https://gistnetwork.org/catalyst-2021 to apply
Please note the following:
a. Applications for this opportunity open on 2 August, 2021 and close on 22 September 2021.
b. All entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40 from GIST economies are encouraged to apply.
c. Technologies that address global challenges through Agriculture Innovations, Clean Climate & Energy Innovations, Global Health Innovations, Water Solution Innovations are particularly encouraged to apply.
d. Please note, you will need to make a 90-second pitch video and use a video hosting service such as YouTube for your GIST Catalyst application. This video will be used during the adjudication, allowing judges the chance to learn more about you and your scaleup. Please ensure your pitch video is concise, high-quality and no longer than 90 seconds. All pitch videos need to be in English.