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Meet the 2019 Imagine Cup EMEA Regional Finalists!

February 20, 2019

By the Microsoft Student Developer Team

The road to the Imagine Cup EMEA Regional Final kicked off this week with the selection of our 12 EMEA Regional Finalist teams! Click here to meet the EMEA Finalists.

Microsoft’s Imagine Cup gives student developers the tools and resources to turn their technology ideas into reality with Azure. From developing business and technology skills to having the chance to win cash, mentoring, and travel, the opportunities for students are endless.   

GIST is partnering with Microsoft to provide training for the participating startups teams while they are at the Regional Finals in the Netherlands. The GIST Pitch Training will provide the finalists with industry experts who will help the teams understand how to better run their businesses. The training will also work with the entrepreneurs on how to perfect their pitches and on the best way to present their startups to a panel of judges. During the training, students receive one-on-one mentorship and plenty of time to practice their pitches.

Students this year were challenged to develop an original idea in teams of up to three and submit their project and video pitch for the chance to advance in the competition. Out of hundreds of teams who submitted projects to the EMEA Online Semifinal and Pakistan National Final, we are excited to introduce the teams who will be moving forward to the EMEA Regional Final in Amsterdam this March! Follow along with their competition journey on Twitter and Instagram


Watch the 2018 Finals Recap

GIST Launches Three-Part Series to Support Vietnamese Angel Investors

February 19, 2019


Over the last three decades, Vietnam has become one of the most dynamic emerging economies in in Southeast Asia. Key to this economic shift are government policies and joint ventures by the United States and Vietnam. These efforts have fostered economic growth in the technology sector and encouraged more innovative startups.

Vietnam now boasts more than 3,000 startups, many of which work to solve social challenges through the use of technology. But while the growth in entrepreneurial activity has been exponential, the growth of available investors for these entrepreneurs has lagged behind. This is where GIST will work to close the gap between available investment opportunities and the high demand of Vietnamese startups.

The GIST Initiative, together with implementation partner VentureWell and local partners Fablab Da Nang, Venture Management Consultant Group and Hatch! Ventures, are providing support for the Vietnam startup ecosystem by launching a series of GIST Investors Mobilization Training Programs, also known as GIST Investors.

The program will be offered in three cities:

  • Hanoi on March 25,
  • Da Nang on March 27, and
  • Ho Chi Minh City on March 29.

At each program in this series, leading global investors will share best practices on the fundamentals of angel investing, conducting due diligence, managing portfolios, and negotiating term sheets and valuations with Vietnamese investors. The overall program will equip the investors with a sound knowledge base so they can continue to support the thriving Vietnamese entrepreneurial ecosystem.

To learn more about GIST Investors Vietnam and to register for one of the three trainings, you can click on the banner below.