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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. Up to thirty finalists receive a trip to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this year in Silicon Valley, to showcase their ventures and to receive intensive training. GIST Tech-I winners, selected by experts at the GES, win prizes, and receive one-on-one mentorship and training.

Since 2011, innovators from around the globe 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.

The GIST initiative is led by the U.S. Department of State, and the Tech-I competition is implemented by AAAS. For 2016, GIST Tech-I entrepreneurship training for the 30 finalists is being provided by DoubleNova.

Keynote by Dan Price, Founder & CEO of Gravity Payments 

Dan Price, Founder & CEO of Gravity Payments is the keynote presenter during the Tech-I Finals awards ceremony of Friday, June 24 at 4:45 pm PST.

Dan founded Gravity Payments from his university dorm room at just 19-years-old. Today, over 13,000 independent businesses across all 50 states trust Gravity to save them millions in fees and hours in frustration by making it easy and simple for them to accept payments. Dan's leadership and entrepreneurship have earned him many awards, notably Entrepreneur Magazine’sEntrepreneur of 2014” and the 2010 SBA “National Young Entrepreneur of the Year” awarded to him by President Obama.