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CRDF Global invites innovative solutions to critical problems from select countries for GIST Technology Idea Competition

CRDF Global invites innovative solutions to critical problems from select countries for GIST Technology Idea Competition

CRDF Global invites interested and eligible innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs from select eligible countries to participate in the first‐ever multinational technology idea competition. The Global Innovation through   Science and Technology (GIST) Idea Competition (GISTech‐I) was announced at the GIST Economic Development through Science and Technology Innovation Conference in Rabat, Morocco, June 16‐17, 2011.

The competition is open to individuals or teams from eligible countries of Middle East, North Africa and Asia regions and having some innovative ideas for finding solutions to critical problems in energy, health, agriculture or other related disciplines.

CRDF Global is a not-for-profit organization that works to improve international science cooperation and technology commercialisation among different countries of the world. CRDF Global is inviting innovators, scientists and entrepreneurs to participate in GISTech‐I Competition.

Participation and Selection Process

Eligible applicants need to submit their technology idea in an approved video format, with a maximum running time of two minutes and a maximum file size of 150MB. The video can be submitted either in English or in another language with English subtitles. From the initial applicants, a total of 25 semi-finalists, representing all three regions (approximately 8 top rated entries per region) will be selected based on online peer voting by the end of November, 2011.

In the next phase a total of 25 semi-finalists will be notified and asked to submit a written executive summary of their technology idea within two weeks. They will then be invited to participate in a two-day GIST entrepreneurship workshop/business pitch competition/award ceremony event on December 19-20, 2011 in Amman, Jordan, where they will receive one‐on‐one mentorship from innovation experts on the first day. On day two, they will present their ideas in greater detail in an oral presentation before a panel of three judges. Competition award winners will be selected among the 25 semi-finalists, based on the best combined scores from their oral presentation and previously submitted executive summary. Special consideration will be given to female individuals or female-led teams.


The GISTech‐I competition winners will receive awards as follows:

  1. GIST First Place: a $20,000 grant will be awarded to the top applicant.
  2. GIST 1st Runner‐up:  a $10,000 grant will be awarded to the top runner‐up.
  3. GIST 2nd Runner‐ups: four $5,000 grants will be awarded to the next four runner‐ups.
  4. GIST Honorable Mentions: five $2,000 grants will be awarded to the next tier of runner‐ups.

Eligibility Criteria

GIST Idea Competition applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate:

  • All applicants, including all members of a Team must be legal residents of one of the GIST eligible countries.
  • Applicants can be individuals or teams, but a team must designate a team leader, who will be the sole point-of-contact for the competition and be awarded any and all grant monies. Each team or applicant can only enter the competition once, with one video submission.
  • All applicants in a team must register as members of the GIST network.
  • Applicants or teams cannot be incorporated as an existing business.
  • All submitted ideas must have potential to become actual technology solutions.
  • Applicants must demonstrate plans to advance their technology idea toward a commercial application.
  • U.S. citizens, regardless in what country they reside, are not eligible to apply to this competition.
  • Any persons employed by CRDF Global or any of its affiliates, or are employed by the United States Department of State in any capacity are not eligible to apply to this competition.

Last date for submitting the entries is October 31, 2011.

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