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GIST APEC Startup Training Supporting Women and Vulnerable Communities

August 08, 2018

GIST and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) will be in Australia this October to host a regional Startup Training aimed at supporting STEM innovations by women and vulnerable communities.

Set for October 22 -26 in Brisbane, Australia, the GIST Startup Training is part of the APEC Women in STEM event. The training will focus specifically on supporting women in STEM entrepreneurship through gender inclusive initiatives. A special emphasis will also be placed on supporting STEM entrepreneurship in vulnerable communities or rural communities.

In order to participate in the training, teams must first apply through GIST. Only a select number of applications will be able to participate in the training, and all participants must be from APEC Economies.

Teams creating innovative science or technology solutions to unique challenges faced by women and vulnerable communities are highly encouraged to apply. Interested teams will be able to apply through an online application on GIST Network in the coming weeks.

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Through the regional Startup Training, selected teams will learn the fundamentals of identifying and validating their target markets, establishing a viable business model and building a stronger team. Teams will also have the opportunity to work closely with successful entrepreneurs, seek out mentorship opportunities and showcase their startups during a Demo Day in Brisbane.

The GIST APEC Startup Training in Brisbane will be hosted by APEC; GIST; the U.S. Department of State; the Australian Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; the Australian Academy of Sceince and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering.

The APEC Women in STEM event will convene the business community from the 21 APEC economies to discuss what policies and practices are needed to better support private sector efforts to engage women in STEM and create a conducive and inclusive environment for science, technology and innovation business efforts in the region.

APEC Women in STEM events will provide immediate skills to entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, equip policymakers with data to support strong Women in STEM policies, help identify barriers for women in STEM to take the leap into entrepreneurship and explore initiatives to overcome those barriers, and foster partnerships with the private sector to support Women in STEM.


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