GIST Brochure 2013

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This brochure highlights the main activities and success of the GIST Initiative as of February 2013.

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<ul><li><p>IMPRESS REVOLUTIONIZE CONSTRUCT ENGINEER HARNESS ASPIRE TRANSFORMSPEARHEAD ENTHUSE MANAGE COMMERCIALIZE MERGE STRIVE SELLFUND EXCEL PROMOTE EXPAND MARKET GLOBALIZE GUIDE PRODUCEFOUND EXCHANGE ACQUIRE FINANCE SELL GENERATE CHANGE INNOVATE CAREADVANCE SELL SUCCEED FLOURISH INSPIRE GROW CATALYZE SUPPORT EXCITESOLVE TRANSCEND UPLIFT IMPROVE LEAD INVENT BUILD PERSIST ADAPT RISK PROGRESS SURMOUNT CHALLENGE DESIGN FUND DISRUPT CREATE ASTONISHFUEL PARTNER PROPEL COMPETE MENTOR CHANGE EMPLOY UPLIFTIMPRESS REVOLUTIONIZE CONSTRUCT ENGINEER HARNESS ASPIRE TRANSFORMSPEARHEAD ENTHUSE MANAGE COMMERCIALIZE MERGE STRIVE SELLFUND EXCEL PROMOTE EXPAND MARKET GLOBALIZE GUIDE PRODUCEFOUND EXCHANGE ACQUIRE FINANCE SELL GENERATE CHANGE INNOVATE CAREADVANCE SELL SUCCEED FLOURISH INSPIRE GROW CATALYZE SUPPORT EXCITESOLVE TRANSCEND UPLIFT IMPROVE LEAD INVENT BUILD PERSIST ADAPT RISK PROGRESS SURMOUNT CHALLENGE DESIGN FUND DISRUPT CREATE ASTONISHFUEL PARTNER PROPEL COMPETE MENTOR CHANGE EMPLOY UPLIFTIMPRESS REVOLUTIONIZE CONSTRUCT ENGINEER HARNESS ASPIRE TRANSFORMSPEARHEAD ENTHUSE MANAGE COMMERCIALIZE MERGE STRIVE SELLFUND EXCEL PROMOTE EXPAND MARKET GLOBALIZE GUIDE PRODUCEFOUND EXCHANGE ACQUIRE FINANCE SELL GENERATE CHANGE INNOVATE CAREADVANCE SELL SUCCEED FLOURISH INSPIRE GROW CATALYZE SUPPORT EXCITESOLVE TRANSCEND UPLIFT IMPROVE LEAD INVENT BUILD PERSIST ADAPT RISK PROGRESS SURMOUNT CHALLENGE DESIGN FUND DISRUPT CREATE ASTONISHFUEL PARTNER PROPEL COMPETE MENTOR CHANGE EMPLOY UPLIFTIMPRESS REVOLUTIONIZE CONSTRUCT ENGINEER HARNESS ASPIRE TRANSFORMSPEARHEAD ENTHUSE MANAGE COMMERCIALIZE MERGE STRIVE SELLFUND EXCEL PROMOTE EXPAND MARKET GLOBALIZE GUIDE PRODUCEFOUND EXCHANGE ACQUIRE FINANCE SELL GENERATE CHANGE INNOVATE CAREADVANCE SELL SUCCEED FLOURISH INSPIRE GROW CATALYZE SUPPORT EXCITESOLVE TRANSCEND UPLIFT IMPROVE LEAD INVENT BUILD PERSIST ADAPT RISK PROGRESS SURMOUNT CHALLENGE DESIGN FUND DISRUPT CREATE ASTONISHFUEL PARTNER PROPEL COMPETE MENTOR CHANGE EMPLOY UPLIFT</p><p>Global Innovation through Science and Technology</p><p>The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.</p></li><li><p>2 WhoWeAre.............................................................4</p><p> WhatWeDo.............................................................6</p><p> WhereWeWork.......................................................8</p><p> FeaturedGISTTransformers.................................12</p><p> FeaturedGISTMentors..........................................15</p><p> GISTPartners.........................................................16</p><p> GISTAdvisoryGroup..............................................18</p><p> GISTTeam...............................................................19</p><p> TheTeamatState..................................................20</p><p> GetInvolvedwithGIST...........................................21</p><p>CONTENTS</p><p>The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.</p><p>1,000 participantsin startup </p><p>boot camps</p><p>1,000 participantsin startup </p><p>boot camps</p><p>6,000 techconnect participants</p><p>6,000 techconnect participants</p><p>8,200 competition participants</p><p>8,200 competition participants 15,000+ </p><p>GIST participants</p><p>160,000+ in GIST social networks</p></li><li><p>3WELCOME LETTERAll over the world, people are trying to launch their great ideas and becomeentrepreneurs.Greatideascanbringpositivechangetocommunitiesallacrosstheglobe.ThroughGIST,Ihavebeenworkingtobringthatmessagetoentrepreneursinmanynations.TheGISTInitiativeanditsnetworkofmentorsandprofessionalsworkwithentrepreneurstohelpmaketheirtechnologyventuresbecomesuccessfulstartupsandgrowthcompanies.</p><p>Passionateentrepreneursdrivenbyamissiontoimprovethelivesoftheirfamiliesand communities are key drivers of economic growth and job creation globally.AccordingtotheWorldBank,theworldneeds600millionnewjobsovera15-yearperiodtokeepunemploymentratesfromrising. It isamissioncriticaltosupport the startupsand the entrepreneurswhocreate them.Entrepreneurshipoffersapathtosuccessforthosewhohavethedesire.</p><p>Tohelpthemsucceed,entrepreneursoftenneedguidance.WhenIstartedmyfirstcompany,IdidnthavethekindofsupportthattheGISTInitiativeprovides.HavingaprogramlikeGISTthatconnectsentrepreneurswithasupportcommunity,givesin-depthmentorship,andofferspracticalinsightswouldhavehelpedmeimmensely.NowthatIaminapositiontogivebacktoentrepreneursaroundtheworld,IamhonoredtobepartneringwithGISTtoadvancetheirextremelypositivevisionofglobalprosperitythroughtechnology-basedentrepreneurship.</p><p>IencourageyoutogettoknowGISTsprograms,itsteam,anditssuccesses,fromthehundredsofventurestowhichGISThasprovidedtailoredtraining,tothetopentrepreneurs that GIST identifies and supports via seed funding and ongoingmentorship.Furthermore,IencourageyoutobrainstormwaysyoucanjoinforceswithGIST,asIhavedone,toempowerentrepreneursworldwide.Ofalltheprogramsavailableonthemarket,IfoundGISTtobethemosteffective,resultsorientedanddedicatedendeavor,onethatisclearlyworthyofyourtimeandpartnership.</p><p>-JeffHoffmanGISTAdvisoryGroupMemberMemberoffoundinggroupandformerCEOofPriceline.comFounderofColorJar</p><p>Think Big. Work Hard. Create Value.</p><p>The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global.</p></li><li><p>4WHO WE AREThe Global Innovation through Science and Technology(GIST)InitiativebuildsentrepreneurialecosystemsacrosstheMiddleEast,Turkey,Asia,andAfricabyidentifying,coaching,and funding themost promising technology entrepreneursthrough its flagship competitions, startup accelerationservices, interactive videoconferences, online socialmediaplatforms,andinteractivementorshipprograms.GISTforgeslocalandglobalpartnershipswithtechnologyentrepreneurs,angel investors, mentors, and experts to foster humanprogressandprosperity.</p><p>Core GIST Beliefs</p><p> Innovation: Webelievestronglyinthepowerofinnovationandtechnologyasdriversforsustainablegrowth. Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneurs transform ideas intoenterprisesthatgeneratesocialchangeandcreatejobs.Ourprogramsaredesignedwiththeindividualinmind;supportingentrepreneursisoursolemission. Global Partnership: We partner with like-mindedorganizations to leverage resources, capabilities andnetworkstobuildcapacityforgreaterimpact.</p></li><li><p>5 GIST has been very helpful as we learned how to present and start our business, and improved our direction due to </p><p>the personalized mentorship. </p><p>-Rumaisa Mohani, Founder and CEO of E-Aid, Pakistan </p></li><li><p>6WHAT WE DO</p><p>GIST TECH-I COMPETITIONSGISTStartupBootCampsareatwotothreedayexperiencethataredesignedtoteachentrepreneurialskillsinahands-onenvironmentandenableentrepreneurstolaunchandgrowcompanies.TheGISTStartupBootCampscoverallaspectsofentrepreneurship,includingassessment,brainstorming,ideation,teambuilding,productdevelopmentandexecution.Theprogramincludesamixofsimulations,hands-onexercises,lectures,mentorship,andanopportunitytopitchandgetfeedbackfrominvestors.TheGISTBootCamphastwomaingoals:enhancetheskillsoftechentrepreneursandinspirethemtostartnewcompanies.</p><p>GIST Startup Boot Camp Locations: RegionalBootCamps:WestAfrica,Maghreb,EastAfrica,andGulfStatesCountry-focused:Indonesia,Malaysia,Algeria,andJordan</p><p>TheGISTTech-ICompetitionsseekentrepreneurspassionateabouttheirideasandstartups.ThelatestwastheGISTTech-IBusinessIdeaGo-to-MarketCompetition,inwhichentrepreneursidentifiedandshowcasedmarketstrategiestosecurecustomersandfinancialsustainabilityfortheirventures.Forthesecompetitions,applicantssubmitago-to-marketplan,identifyingmarketstrategiesandbusinessopportunities,alongwithpromotionalvideosdesignedtoappealtotheircustomers.Thetopentrepreneurscompeteonlinetogetthemostvotesfromthepublic.GISTprovidesseedfunding,training,ongoingmentorship,andbusinessdevelopmentvisitstotheU.S.GISThasheldthreecompetitionssince2011,withanothercomingin2013.</p><p>Go-To-Market TrainingGlobal &amp; Local Mentorship</p><p>Venture PitchingInternational Exposure</p><p>Seed FundingNetworking</p><p>1,000 entrepreneurstrainedduring11seminarsheldin8countriesrepresenting</p><p>28,075hoursoftraining.GISThasmentored470 venturesatitsevents.</p><p>GISTcompetitionshavegeneratedover8,000applicationsfromover</p><p>35countriesworldwide.</p><p>GIST STARTUP BOOT CAMPS</p><p>36%36% inenergy, health care</p><p>and agriculture</p><p>64%64%</p><p>ICTin</p></li><li><p>7GIST TECHCONNECTS US ENTREPRENEURSHIP JOURNEYGISTTechConnectisaseriesofinteractivevideoconferencesthatcreatesglobalconversationstoinspireandconnectentrepreneursfromemergingeconomieswithbusinessmentorsandrolemodels.ThefirsttwoeditionsofGISTTechConnecthaveengagedover6,000entrepreneursinmorethan25countriesaroundtheworld.PreviousGISTTechConnectsfocusedonentrepreneurshipinPakistan,heldOctober12,Ideagenerationforventuredevelopment,heldMarch13,andBootstrappingyourventure,heldMay13.</p><p>Sixteenentrepreneursfrom11countrieswerechosenfromamongthetopventuresatGISTTech-ICompetitionsandGISTBootCampstojoinonatwo-weekjourneythroughSiliconValley,Boston,NewYorkCityandWashingtonDCinNovember12.Theentrepreneursnetworked,learnedhowUScompaniesoperate,receivedmentorshipfromabroadarrayofprofessionals,andwereabletopresenttheirideastorelevantanddiverseaudiencestoincreasetheirventuresinternationalpresence.</p><p>GISTisactivelybuildingpartnershipswithlike-mindedorganizationsandindividualstostrengthenimpact.Contactustoteamupononeormoreofourprograms-gist@crdfglobal.org</p><p>Senator Mark Warner (D-VA), who is also a tech entrepreneur, enthusiastically met with GIST </p><p>Transformers during their US Journey in November 2012. GIST</p><p> PRO</p><p>GRAM</p><p>S</p><p>71%71% work full-time on their ventures</p><p>64%64%are registered companies</p></li><li><p>8PEOPLE Lebanon-HindHobeikaofInstabeat,acompanythatproducesaheart-ratemonitorforswimmers,hastraveledwithGISTInitiativetomeetentrepreneursandinvestorsthroughouttheUSandArabWorld,andwasfeaturedinHuffingtonPostsTop17GadgetsFromtheConsumerElectronicsShow2013. Saudi Arabia-GISTAdvisoryGroupMember,H.R.H.PrinceSaudBinKhalidAl-Faisal,DeputyGovernorforInvestmentAffairs-SaudiArabianGeneralInvestmentAuthority. Lebanon -MohammedTahasappma2too3a.comengagesover65Kpeopletocrowdsourcethelatestnewsabouttrafficconditionsandroadblocksthroughoutthecountry. Turkey -AdvisoryGroupMember,AlismailSabanci,ChairmanandDirectorofPegasusAirlines. Lebanon-ZiadSankariofCardioDiagnosticswillsoonmanufactureaninnovativeheartmonitorthatwarnsofanearlyonsetofaheartattack.</p><p>PARTNERORGANIZATIONS N2VisbasedinUAEandheadedbyGISTAdvisoryGroupmemberRashidAlBallaa.TheyjoinedtheGISTInitiativetohostanentrepreneurialphotocontestthatattractedover150,000+entrepreneurstotheGISTNetwork. MITEF Pan ArabpartneredwiththeGISTInitiativein2011and2012tobringtogetherthebrightestmindsfromacrosstheArabworldfortraining,networkingandpitchingthroughcoordinatingactivitiesinourbusinessplancompetitions.Throughouttheyears,GISTandMITEFPanArabcontinuetoworktogethertobenefitentrepreneursintheMiddleEast.</p><p>EVENTS UAE-I-DareBusinessPlanCompetitionSemifinalsandFinalsevents,MarchandJune12;GISTTech-IFinalEvent,Dec12 Turkey -GISTTech-IFinals,Dec11;andGISTStartupBootCamp,Mar12</p><p>WHERE WE WORK MIDDLE EAST &amp; TURKEY</p><p>15TopGISTventuresareinMENA/Turkey.Theyhave:</p><p>$640K+infundingandannualrevenue60 peoplecurrentlyemployed</p><p>44jobscreatedinthepast12months</p></li><li><p>9PEOPLE Pakistan -FarhanMasoodwasamongthetopperformersinGISTTech-ICompetition2011withBloodline,anonlinesystemthatconnectsdonorswithpatients,volunteersandbloodsocietiesviaSMS,emails,andsocialmedia.FarhanrecentlyfoundedSoloTech,acompanythatmanufacturesbiometricdevicesforretinaandfacerecognition. Indonesia -NuranaParamitaofT-Files,acompanythatdesignsandprovidestheIndonesiangovernmentwithhigh-efficiencytidalenergygenerators,pitchedherwaytotheUSwiththeGISTUSEntrepreneurialJourney.ShecontinuestoreceivementorshipintheIndonesiaGreenEnergyProgramwithGISTMentorJimBagnola,aprofessionalrelationshipcreatedattheGISTStartupBootcampinApril12. Malaysia-AiChingofPiktochart.com,ownsaventurethathelpseverydaypeoplecreateamazinginfographics.ShetraveledtoSiliconValleyduringtheGISTStartupBootCampinApril12. Indonesia-KhairulBaharinofMyDerm,developedanewskinreplacementmaterialandhasreceivedmoreattentionfrommediaandpotentialpartnersafterparticipatingintheGISTUSEntrepreneurshipJourney.</p><p>IMPACT Indonesia Clean Energy Program inpartnershipwiththeWorldBank,providesintensivementoringtofivecleanenergycompaniesastheyseektogrowtheirclienteleandprovidecompetitivecleanenergyoptionsforIndonesia.GISTcoordinatesinternationalmentoringandvirtuallearningopportunities. Bangladesh -TheGreenovationsteammanufacturesandbringstomarketanaffordableeco-friendlybuildingmaterialwhichimprovesthehousingpossibilitiesforthebottombillion.</p><p>WHERE WE WORK</p><p>PARTNERORGANIZATIONS MITEF PakistanmobilizesastronggrassrootsmovementtoengagethousandsofPakistanientrepreneurs.GISTcreditsMITEFPakistanforgeneratinginterestthatledtohundredsofapplicantsand14venturesselectedforinternationalpresentationswithGIST. Bangladesh Youth Leadership CenterBYLCstrainingsandcapacitybuildingsessionsincreasedthenumberandqualityofapplicantstoGISTactivities.ProofisinthefactthatatopwinnerintheGISTI-DareBusinessPlanCompetitioninJune12isfromBangladesh.</p><p>EVENTS Indonesia-GISTStartupBootCampIndonesiabenefited150+entrepreneurs,April12 Malaysia-GISTStartupBootCampMalaysiabenefited100+entrepreneurs,April12 Pakistan-700participantstunedinforGISTTechConnectPakistan,October12</p><p>ASIA</p><p>27TopGISTventuresareinAsia.Theyhave:</p><p>$16.4M+infundingand$2.3M+ annualrevenue</p><p>439 peoplecurrentlyemployed186jobscreatedinthepast</p><p>12months</p></li><li><p>10</p><p>WHERE WE WORKPEOPLE Egypt-PerihanAbou-ZeidofQabilaMediahasbuiltanalternativemediaempireinEgyptwhereshegatheredateamtocreateanalternativemediaplatformwithacivileducationfocus.Qabilanowhasover140,000subscriberswithplanstoexpandwithaPan-Arabtelevisionseries. Morocco-RachidHarrandoisfounderofNetPeasCOREvidence,afully-automatedandcomprehensiveevaluationofallregisteredvulnerabilitiestoanITecosystem. Ghana-AlloysiusAttahofFarmerline.orgbringstothemarketamobileandweb-basedsystemthatprovidesfarmersandinvestorswithrelevantagro-industrycontenttoimproveproductivityandincreaseincome. Morocco-AymanElAkhal,CEOofiPadianhasdevelopedsoftwarethatbringstheuserexperienceofiPad/iPhonetoanylaptop.TheprojectreceivedfundingfrombusinessangelsthatAymanmetduringtheGISTUSjourney,andAymanstaysintouchwithvariousothermentorshemetwhileontheUSEntrepreneurshipJourneywithGIST.</p><p>PARTNERORGANIZATIONS CTIC Dakarisapublic-privateinitiativethatincubatesventures-25companiesandstartupssupportedin2012alone-andbuildsacommunityencouragingventuredevelopmentandangelinvestment.Theyservedasagreatco-hostfortheGISTStartupBootCampinDakarinJuly12. Algerian Startup Initiative wasagreatco-hostfortheGISTStartupBootCampinAlgiersinJuly12. Technology Incubation Center Benin, NigeriaregularlyorganizeshundredsofentrepreneurstoimprovetheirskillsandtakeadvantageofGISTsinternationalopportunities. Lions@frica isapublic-privatealliancetoenhanceanddeepenthestartupandinnovationecosystemsoftargetedfast-growingAfricaneconomiesofwhichGISTisaproudplatformmember.</p><p>IMPACT Senegal -YannLeBeux,ProgramManageratGISTpartnerorganizationCTICDakarsaysthatmanyhavediscoveredCTICDakarthroughourcollaborationontheGISTStartupBootCamp.ThishasledCTICDakartobeviewedasoneoftheleadinghubsandincubatorsinAfrica.</p><p>EVENTS Senegal -SiteofGISTStartupBootCampWestAfricabenefitting130+ent...</p></li></ul>