Applications open 2 August for the 2021 GIST 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.