In celebration of the APEC 2023 U.S. host year, top women climate innovators will receive expert pitch and business training, with the opportunity to present their solutions on a global stage for the chance to win generous prizes.
Catalyst has given more than 80 entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase their innovation to high-impact investors, policy makers, and leaders in the U.S. private sector, while competing for generous startup resources. Launched during the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) 2017 in Hyderabad, India, the competition has been repeated in 2019 (at the GES in The Hague, Netherlands), the 2019 APEC Forum in La Serena, Chile, in 2021 at the GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition, and in Thailand in 2022 with the specific goal of uplifting and advancing women in innovation throughout the Asia-Pacific region. This year's competition promises to continue in the footsteps of past events, offering valuable learning and networking opportunities to the participants and showcasing solutions that the world needs now.
The U. S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative empowers young innovators through networking, skills building, mentoring, and access to financing to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges. The GIST initiative is predicated upon a simple idea: when you provide young men and women with the skills they need to be successful entrepreneurs, they will gain confidence and be more likely to take the risks needed to turn their ideas into new ventures. GIST participants in 135 emerging economies can dev... read more
The applicant must:
Phase 1: Submission May 1 - June 7
Phase 2: Expert Panel Review & Quarterfinalist selection June 12 - 16
Phase 3: Quarterfinals Virtual Pitching - June 26 - 30
Phase 4: In-Person Trainings and Semifinals, Seattle, USA - August 1 - 5
Phase 5: In-Person Finals, Seattle, USA - August 6
For more details,visit GIST Catalyst website