GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition

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Applications open 2 August for the 2021 GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition!




GIST Catalyst offers young STEM entrepreneurs the opportunity elevate their pitch and showcase their scale-up on a global stage, while receiving valuable startup training from American academics who are leaders in the field of entrepreneurship.

Catalyst also provides participating entrepreneurs with the opportunity to increase the visibility of their scale-up. In order to compete in the finals at GES, Catalyst participants must advance through a global public vote. This is an opportunity to promote your scale-up to your community, network, and the world – showcasing your innovation and attracting support. In order to participate in the public vote, all semifinalists will need to make a pitch video.

GIST Catalyst has helped innovators secure funding for their ventures, collaborate with the U.S. private sector, and build new partnerships.  Launched during GES 2019 in The Hague, Netherldands, Catalyst gave 30 entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their scale-ups to high-impact investors, policy makers, and leaders in the U.S. private sector, and compete for more than $650,000 USD in startup resources.


GIST Catalyst 2019 Grand Champion

Christina York, United States, was named the 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Catalyst pitch competition Grand Champion. Her startup, SpellBound, has a mission is to use immersive 3D technology to increase patient cooperation with treatment, including patient education and procedure simulation. 

As the Grand Champion, York received $50,000 USD in Amazon Web Services credits; $48,000 USD in IBM Cloud Computing Credits, $50,000 USD in Google Cloud Computing Credits, $12,000 USD in Microsoft Azure Credits, Microsoft Office 365 and Visual Studio Enterprise one-year subscriptions, two mentoring sessions with Microsoft engineers, a Silicon Valley Bank mentoring session. The Consumer Technology Association provided a booth in Eureka Park at the CES and $5,000 USD.  

Also, Phillips provided an opportunity to have automatic entry into the HealthWorks Startup Academy. This would entitle the winner to the following:  
-20 hours of coaching with one of the HealthWorks Program Directors  
-Access to experts within Philips, as appropriate.  
-Airfare and Accommodation costs for 2 co-founders to one of the HealthWorks Global Innovation Hubs for three days to engage with coaches and experts.  
-Potential access to HealthWorks clinical and investor ecosystem if appropriate.  


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