GIST Catalyst Semifinalists Announced!

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October 15, 2021

GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition Semifinalists have been announced. This diverse and dynamic group of innovators is a great example of the GIST community's commitment to bring innovative solutions to the world's most pressing issues. We could not be more excited to welcome this group to compete at this elite level, to showcase their solutions, and to be part of something greater than themselves. 

What's next for these innovative science and technology entrepreneurs? First, each one will be presenting their unique solution to a select group of investors at the GIST Catalyst Investor Showcase. At this exclusive "invite only" event, they will have 90 seconds each to pitch followed by a 3 1/2 minute question & answer period with the investors. The showcase event will also feature industry experts who will be keeping a watchful eye on this group of promising young innovators. 

In addition to the Investor Showcase, semifinalists will meet with a GIST Mentor, an expert in innovation and entrepreneurship, who will assess their strengths and weaknesses and provide critical advice that will help the innovator present as strong a pitch as possible at the semifinals. 

The Semifinals! 

The GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition Semifinals will be held at five separate virtual events across 3 days in the first week of November. Here, participants will be grouped alongside other competitors from their region. Again, they will have 90 seconds to make the case for their solution followed by a 3 1/2 minute question & answer period where the judges will seek to learn even more about these innovative entrepreneurs. During each event, audiences across the globe will be able to vote for the innovator of their choice from the live stream Catalyst page. After each regional semifinal event, judges will confer to discuss their decisions and the public vote totals. One regional winner from each group will move on to compete in the Catalyst Finals on 9 November, 2021. See the Catalyst page for all the details and times!

 

Meet the entrepreneurs from the GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition Semifinals!

 

Adaeze Akpagbula

AFRICA
Adaeze Akpagbula
Nigeria

Farmspeak Technology

Farmspeak Technology is an agritech start up keen on improving food security, increasing the productivity and profitability of farmers, and enabling data-driven agriculture by building smart hardware devices and software solutions that leverage digital technologies.

hunter

AFRICA
Ethan Hunter
South Africa

Immobazyme 

Immobazyme has a mission to engineer and develop immobilized enzymes and analytical platforms, which enable the production of high-value products. Through realizing this mission, Immobazyme hopes to catalyze the African biotechnology industry by developing innovative skills and utilizing local biological resources.

mark

AFRICA
Mark Musinguzi
Uganda  

HYA BIOPLASTICS

Hya Bioplastics uses cassava starch and pulped fibers from banana pseudo stem to create biobased food packaging. Hya Bioplastics' range of food packaging, including fruit and vegetable trays, takeaway food boxes and disposable plates, are a more cost competitive alternative to petroleum-based plastic packaging.

kemi

AFRICA
Kemi Olawoye
Nigeria

Babymigo

Babymigo is a platform that provides expert-led health information and hyperlocal childcare services to pregnant and Nursing mothers via SMS (Text), App and Web portal. Since its inception, babymigo has served more than 250,000 pregnant mothers and parents.

marta

AFRICA
Marta Uetela
Mozambique

BioMec Eco prosthetics from plastic waste

BioMec designs and produces high performance prosthetics from ghost fish nets and PET bottles collected from the sea. BioMec's goal is to create more and better access to prosthetics in Mozambique, a country where 90% of amputees don't have access to the prosthetics they need.

castillo

AMERICAS
Eduardo Castillo
Ecuador

Laser Electrospray PCB Printer

The Laser Electrospray Printer (LEP) allows for prototyping or 3D printing of printed circuit boards (PCBs). The LEP printer is the fastest, most efficient, and safest way to prototype PCBs on a small scale, based on a new-generation laser electrospray technology.

queenny

AMERICAS
Queenny Kelly López Alvarado    
Ecuador

AyniLab

Through biolearning processes AyniLab creates solutions that combine science and engineering in Biomimicry, nature-based solutions and sustainable use of biodiversity.
They are developing three initiatives:
- Anuka: Urban photobioreactors with microalgae, capable of absorbing 200 times more CO2 than 1 tree.
- Miceliom: Composite biomaterials for packaging made with natural cellulose and fungal mycelium, as resistant as polystyrene.
- Plantarium: Urban green structures that help climate control, maintain biodiversity and provide natural adornment.

restrepo

AMERICAS
Federico Restrepo
Colombia

Energia Vectorial

Energia Vectorial is a company that focuses on decarbonizing mobility by converting Internal Combustion Engine Vehicles (ICEV) into Electric Vehicles (EV) particularly focusing on Last mile delivery fleets and public transport buses.

valdes

AMERICAS
Alejandro Valdés
Mexico

Pro-viden

Pro-viden is an IoT-based automation system for aquaculture farms, which allows the farmer to prevent diseases and increase production. The device moves autonomously through the water while it performs measurements of pH, oxygen, temperature and other parameters. The farmer can see this information, remotely and at all times, through a web platform and app.

vitor

AMERICAS
Conrado Vitor
Brazil

Epistemic

Epistemic is a Brazilian startup that developed a three product system to manage epilepsy. The system includes a wearable device capable of predicting epileptic seizures; an epilepsy diary app available in Portuguese and English; and a web portal for physicians to analyze patients' information so they can correlate seizures with possible triggers

nipuna

ASIA
Nipuna Abeykoon
Sri Lanka

Inhalo

Inhalo is an earbud that detects breathing from the inner-ear and sends that signal to mobile devices using a small processing unit. Inhalo's technology can be used to control games that simulate breathing exercises.

AtoAno

ASIA
Maria Wilvenna Añora
Philippines

AtoANI i-CROP

AtoANI employs a produce-to-demand model whereby pre-orders from its existing and potential customers dictate the crops that AtoANI grows in its farm and partner farms through sustainable farming methods. AtoANI uses a web and mobile compatible data-based analytics recommendation platform, AtoANI i-CROP, to provide recommendations to the farmers on the type and amount of crop to plant based on soil-crop compatibility data on a specific location,customer demand and the customer's proximity to the partner farmer location.

mehwish

ASIA
Mehwish Anwar
Pakistan

SavCon Energy

SavCon turns raw agricultural wastes into high-density pellets through the process of densification and enhances their thermal and mechanical properties through torrefaction. The treated biomass product of these processes is a mechanically stable, thermally efficient, and environment-friendly fuel for heating and cooking purposes.

jay

ASIA
Jay Arneil Gajudo
Philippines

Galansiyang Inc.

Galansiyang Inc., is a forestry support services startup that aims to help the mining industry speed up the process of mine rehabilitation by providing them with drone and IoT technology to automate forestry, including aerial seeding reforestation and forest monitoring.

mahmudur

ASIA
Md Mahmudur Rahman
Bangladesh

WeGro

WeGro is a tech-based agri startup that is revolutionizing the archaic agriculture industry by integrating the latest technology in all aspects of the agri-supply chain. Through the integration of technology, they aspire to ensure low-cost financing, quality inputs, greater traceability and monitoring and ensure farmers receive a greater piece of the final price by connecting them to markets.

ardit

EUROPE
Ardit Haxhikadrija

Kosovo

LUA AgroRobot

AgroRobot's autonomous and modular robot farmers will help farmers with the problems of soil erosion, biodiversity losses, bad monitoring, water losses, high rates of food waste, fuel cost and emission, and climate change.

vira

EUROPE
Vira Hovorukha
Ukraine

The biotechnology for accelerated treatment of organic waste

This innovative granular microbial preparation and bioreactor treats organic solid and liquid household and agricultural waste directly at the place of their accumulation. The end products of the biotechnology are environmentally friendly compounds such as biofertilizer and purified water.

ir gios

EUROPE
Iryna Dasiuk
​​​​​​
Ukraine

GIOS

GIOS is an all-in-one educational online-platform that skyrockets Math and Critical Thinking of school kids. It includes:
- brief animated lectures for students
- e-library + flexible course-builder for Math Teachers
- marketplace for STEM-tutors
- progress trackings for parents

selen

EUROPE
Selen Senal
Turkey

ALGBIO

ALGBIO treats industrial wastewater and flue gases with microalgae and produces carbon negative biofuels (biogas, biojet/rocket fuel, bioethanol, biodiesel) and algal bioplastic from these wastes.

roman

EUROPE
Roman Tomashevskyi
Ukraine

iCardy    

iCardy is the first global AI service for cardiologists and internal physicians that helps them to drive their day-to-day duties effectively and productively, reducing routine workload by ten times and increasing the capacity of online monitoring of their patients by three times. iCardy's service is a diagnostic multi-tool for long-term patient monitoring that assists the physician in diagnostics, medical examinations and screening the large cohorts of patients in the risk groups.

hesham

MENA
Hesham Abdelmoteleb
Egypt

Tamara AgriTech

Tamara is a complete Eco-system connecting farmers with suppliers and buyers and experts. The platform will provide farmers with clear insights and accurate information provided by tailored made solutions to address farmers' needs and improve productivity. The platform will enable proactive agriculture by providing farmers with information ofor smart decision making by alerting farmers in advance or provide suggestions based on the data, IoT and machine learning algorithms.

ashraf

MENA
Ashraf Amayreh    
Jordan

PalmProtect

The Red Palm Weevil is a global pest that infects 40 palm species in 60 countries around the world. If the pest is not detected early, the tree will die and the Palm Weevils will spread to other trees. We have developed an device that will allow farmers to detect Red Palm Weevils early.

mena jamal

MENA
Mena Jamal
Iraq

Ecomena Plastic recycling project

EcoMena produces light-weight, non-water absorbent, anti-fungal product bricks. They plan to expand their business to also produce roof tiles and plastic lumber.

saif

MENA
Saif Eddine Laalej
Morocco

Recy-Block

Recy-block is a greentech solution and innovative provider of building and housing material solutions that integrates eco-friendly practices and green technologies in its products. Recy-block developed hollow recycled bricks using a mixture of wet cement, additives and shredded plastic waste laminates.

ayman

MENA
Ayman Sabae
Egypt

iCheck

iCheck is a service that integrates technology, management and clinical expertise in a way that bridges the geographical and logistical barriers restricting the provision of eye health appointments from those who need it. iCheck's solution enables highly specialized investigative ophthalmologists to visualize and operate remote equipment, live. This means access to services that were never accessible beyond central cities in a way that is affordable, safer with reduced waiting times and more equitable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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