Program Overview

GIST Pitch Competitions strive to bring top innovators from around the globe to key entrepreneurial events where they not only can meet other high-performing innovators but are given the chance to pitch their solutions to an audience of STEM experts, investors, and policy makers. By hosting competitions at international events such as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit and Global Entrepreneurship Congress, GIST provides young innovators from emerging economies the exposure they need to raise capital, find new markets, and scale.

GIST Pitch Competitions also offer young entrepreneurs training and mentorship during the competition, and the opportunity to win startup resources from GIST partners such as Alice, Google, Microsoft, Dell, Amazon Web Services, and the U.S. Department of State.

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Our Competitions:

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GIST Catalyst

The GIST Catalyst competition is an annual pitch competition at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Through the competition, young entrepreneurs have the opportunity to elevate their pitch and showcase their startups on a global stage.

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The GIST Tech-I competition is an annual pitch competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Since 2011, hundreds of young innovators have used Tech-I to showcase their science and technology ventures to the world.

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GIST Startup Pitch Showcase for Innovative Water Solutions

Featuring the best and brightest innovators working in ocean innovation, this pitch showcase occurred as an official event at the U.N. Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal in June 2022.

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Road to GES - Heartland 

This regional pitch competition hosted at the Road to GES - Heartland event in March 2019 determined the regional participant who would represent the United States at the GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition at the 2019 GES in The Hague, Netherlands.

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Microsoft Imagine Cup

Imagine Cup is a global competition that empowers the next generation of computer science students to team up and use their creativity, passion and knowledge of technology to create applications that shape how we live, work and play. GIST partners with Microsoft to host regional finals around the world and offer training support to competing entrepreneurs.

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