GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition

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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, Netherlands, 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 2021 (Virtual) Overview and Winners

In an event that spanned nearly every region of the globe, GIST brought to a close its first ever virtual edition of its Catalyst Pitch Competition. In its ongoing goal to highlight and empower both individual innovators and the entrepreneurial ecosystems that support them, GIST selected 25 innovators from the hundreds of prospective participants to pitch their solutions live in front of global audiences. Out of this incredible cohort, 5 proceeded to the finals on 9 November, 2021. With the opportunity to pitch once more, and building off of the mentorship they received through GIST, our winners were announced!

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GIST Catalyst 2019 (Netherlands) Overview and Winners

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.  

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GIST Catalyst 2017 (India) Overview and Winners

New this year, the GIST Network created the GIST Catalyst pitch competition for the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit. More than 10,000 votes were cast to pick the 24 semifinalists who advanced to the GES in Hyderabad, India. With prizes from Amazon Web Services, Dell, Alice, Google Cloud and Cognizant, the competition offered participants over $400,000 USD in startup resources.

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