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GIST Startup

Boot Camp - Algeria

July 14-15, 2012 • Algiers - ALGERIA

Implemented by CRDF Global Funded by the U.S. Department of State

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SATURDAY - JULY 14, 2012

Registration and Bagel Breakfast Available
Welcoming Address
General Secretary SME introduced by Yacine Rahmoun
Elizabeth Moore Aubin, Chargé D’affaires, USA Embassy, Algiers, Algeria.
Yacine Rahmoun, Executive Director, Algerian Startup Initiative and Chairman, Casbah Business Angels
Natalia Pipia, Associate Program Director, CRDF Global
Ovidiu Bujorean, Innovation Program Manager, GIST Initiative
09.30-10.15 Keynote Address
Jeff Hoffman, Co-Founder and former CEO, and GIST Global Advisory Group Member
10.15-10.40 Coffee Break/Press Conference
10.45-11.45 Panel Discussion: Creating an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
The panel will discuss the current situation and strategies to build a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem in the region
Prof. Val Livada, MIT Sloan School of Business

Scott Hartley, Mobile and Consumer Internet Venture Capitalist, Mohr Davidow Ventures

Krimo Salem, President, Algerian Startup Initiative

OF CONTENTS 12.00-13:00
Networking Lunch
Strategic Professional Networking

Practical seminar introducing 7 key principles of how to build a professional network of top contacts using events,
online tools and peer to peer groups. Session open to entrepreneurs and journalists.
• AGENDA 3 Ovidiu Bujorean, Innovation Program Manager, CRDF Global and International Speaker,
14.15-15.00 Executive summary & business pitch
• COMPANY PROFILES 6 The workshop covers elements of a sharp executive summary and of a successful pitch.
Val Livada, MIT Sloan School of Business
• SPEAKERS’, MENTORS’ & JUDGES’ BIOS 8 15.00-15.45 Raising funds for your ideas and ventures

The workshop will provide a road map on how to identify, approach and secure venture capitalists as well as
other sources of funding
Gibs Song, Principal, Main-Aquila Consulting
15-45-16.00 Coffee Break
16.00-16.45 Business models and financial projections for startups

This workshop will cover techniques on how to create, deliver and capture value while putting emphasis on
• GIST MENTOR HIGHLIGHTS 17 how to create realistic forecasts
Prof. Val Livada, MIT Sloan School of Business
• GIST IN THE NEWS 18 16.45-17.30 Strategies for taking your venture to market and gaining customers
The workshop will provide participants practical tools to design and implement go-to-market strategy
• CRDF GLOBAL INNOVATION PROGRAMS 20 and gaining customers
Scott Hartley, Mohr Davidson Ventures
• UPCOMING EVENTS 22 17.30-18.00 Closing Remarks/Fill out survey
18.00-19.00 Networking Reception


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“…all of us must recognize that education
GIST Startup Boot Camp - Algeria and innovation will be the currency of the
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Barack Obama

President of the United States of America


“Together we can build an ecosystem that

SUNDAY - JULY 15, 2012
allows entrepreneurs to get the support
08.00-08.45 Room A: Room B: they need, the financing they need, the
Program welcoming, keynote Mentorship Workshop: Local and global entrepreneurs mentoring they need, to launch a
Young local enrepreneurs talk about their success and falls exchange best practices To promote and spread economic prosperity, the Global Innovation through Science and
brilliant idea into a business. That’s the
08:45-09:00 Mentorship overview Ovidiu Bujorean, Innovation Program Manager, GIST Technology (GIST) initiative is forging links at the individual and institutional level among importance of the GIST mission.”
Entrepreneurs receive mentorship schedule Initiative scientists, entrepreneurs, and the marketplace. Technology entrepreneurship has the
Prof. Val Livada, MIT Sloan School of Business power to create the products, companies, and jobs that drive economic growth. The GIST Jeff Hoffman
09.00-12.00 One-on-One mentorship sessions (Coffee served at 10:30) initiative aims to strengthen technology development and national, regional, and global Co-Founder and former CEO,
Technology entrepreneurs meet with their mentors. entrepreneurship through partnerships and programs focusing on: Priceline; GIST Advisory Group Member
12.00-13.00 Open pitching practice
Groups of three, two entrepreneurs and one mentor, entrepreneurs will take turns practicing their pitches and receiving • NETWORKING: Linking innovative ideas, people, and financial and human resources •••
feedback from mentors.
13.00-14.00 Networking Lunch • SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Providing business training, mentorship and resources “GIST is a great opportunity to increase
participation by the academic sector
14.00-16.00 Venture pitching sessions
• FINANCING: Connecting innovators and their ideas with seed capital in thetransfer of technology into the
Entrepreneurs pitch in front of a panel of experienced angel investors, serial entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.
Entrepreneurs will present for five minutes, with five minutes of Q&A from panelists to follow each pitch. marketplace through the development of
Room A:
12 Entrepreneurs
Room B:
12 Entrepreneurs
CONNECT WITH GIST COMMUNITY practical knowledge and skills, as well
as to heighten understanding of the value
of entrepreneurship and innovation for
16.00-16.45 Coffee Break / Judges select top six (up to 3 per room) for Angel Investor Roundtable: Room B
Skill Development Programs Incentive-Based Competitions economic growth and sustainability.”
final pitching session Led by Scott Hartley and Ovidiu Bujorean. • Startup Boot Camps: Strengthen • GIST Tech-I: Highlight innovative
Dr. Abdelali Haoudi
16.45-17.45 Room A: Final Pitching Session: Top 6 ventures compete for a business development trip to the US. business development through training technology ideas to the community via
VP of Research,
17.45-18.15 How to become a GIST transformer / Fill out Surveys/Judges meet to decide the awardees
and mentorship for experienced YouTube-based idea pitch competition. Qatar Foundation
business leaders. • GIST-MIT Business Plan Competition:
18.15-18.45 Announcing winners of pitching competition and closing remarks
• Webinars: Link American technology Accelerate high potential startups •••
18.45 infoDev Networking Reception commercialization experts with aspiring through mentorship, connections
entrepreneurs around the world. and seed funding. “Malaysia welcomes the GIST Initiative to
support technology development in
* The entrepreneur with highest-ranking pitch wins a trip to the US in Fall 2012. Muslim-majority countries… to advance
key innovation areas, especially
GIST Social University-Industry innovation capacity, entrepreneurship
Networking Platform Linkage Program and access to seed capital.”

• Access innovative business tools and • Institutionalize connections between

Dato’ Madinah binti Mohamad
mentorship. universities and businesses through
Secretary General, Ministry of
• Form partnerships to foster new industry outreach partnerships.
Science, Technology and
venture creation. • Develop innovation leaders primed to
Innovation, Malaysia
• Exchange ideas through popular social meet industry needs through hands on
networking platforms. training experiences. •••

“[GIST] was our shortcut towards better

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Ziad Sankari
The GIST initiative is funded by the U.S. Department of Founder of CardioDiagnostics; GIST Tech-I
State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental
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Competition Winner
and Scientific Affairs and implemented by CRDF Global.
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July 14-15, 2012
Djazaltec: Production plant for food additives made of seaweed
The GIST Startup Boot Camp is an intense two day interactive training and mentoring event designed to

spark innovative thinking and trigger the creation of new startup ideas among promising entrepreneurs
DjazEco: Consulting and engineering for optimization of energy consumption and eco-efficiency in the ICT, ENERGY, HEALTHCARE, and AGRICULTURE sectors. In Indonesia we are also pleased to offer
workshops targeting business professionals, executives, mentors and journalists.

GG MapApp: Application to manage demand and consumption of energy
Because you are innovative, resilient and dedicated to starting technology-based companies.

iPadian: iPad emulator on Windows that serves as the only solution that can emulate the iPad environment and gives

access to some iPad native apps Saturday, July 14 Sunday, July 15

GIST Startup Boot Camp GIST Mentoring Sessions & Venture Pitch Competition
WHO: Innovators looking to turn technology ideas into new companies WHO: Technology entrepreneurs who want to take their tech startups to
Nechrou: First retail web platform in Algeria the next level

Send It Far: Delivery and carpooling service that helps people send their packages or arrange transportation through an LEARN:
online platform Learn from expert investors, educators and entrepreneurs including:
Val Livada Senior Lecturer at Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship discusses starting your company and
writing an executive summary
Scott Hartley Mohr Davidow mobile and consumer internet venture capitalist gives an investor’s perspective
Smellnat: Aims to create the first industrial unit for extracting essential oils
to improve startup pitches
Jeff Hoffman Co-founder of shares his experience as a serial entrepreneur
Ovidiu Bujorean MIT & Harvard alum shares the practical skill of building your professional network
SMSBridge: SMS service that helps businesses communicate with existing and potential customers
NETWORK with the best and the brightest entrepreneurial minds from Indonesia & the U.S.
Sphax: TV reminder developed by Smarto-Tv that helps people to never miss a show
BUILD relationships with your peers and future business partners

Track-It: Platform for managing the track paths for transportation suppliers as well as the customer who seeks to optimize
Entrepreneurs pitch your ideas to investors and compete for a trip to the U.S.
his/her commute Journalists create impactful stories that raise awareness of high impact entrepreneurs who are creating
new products, companies and jobs
Mentors strengthen the skills needed to nurture the next generation of technology entrepreneurs of your country
TransLine: A smart tool for managing the transportation of goods in Algeria using information and communication
technology About GIST: The GIST Initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in 43 countries across the
FOR FUTURE GIST ACTIVITIES: Middle East, Africa and South and Central Asia by identifying, coaching and funding promising entrepreneurs through its competitions, start-up acceleration services, online social media
Twee-me: Remote detection and notification of cell phones platform and interactive mentorship programs. GIST is funded by the U.S. Department of State
and implemented by CRDF Global. •

Walletix: ePayment solution based on mobile phone

About Algerian Startup Initiative: Algerian Startup Initiative is a platform that promotes the
creation of technology startups between Algeria and the USA, in the fields of innovation and
entrepreneurship. Through its mentoring and networking capabilities ASI’s hopes to bridge entrepreneurs abroad with Algerian entrepreneurs for sharing their experience with business
plan generation, patenting, fund raising, HR management, marketing and partnerships.
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Ali Azzouz - Vice President, Chamber of Commerce and the Algerian - American Member of the FCE Abderrahmane Hadj Nace - Governor of the Central Bank of Algeria

With a Masters in Mechanical Engineering in California, Mr. Azzouz began his career as an engineer with Xerox in Los Abderrahmane Hadj Nacer was born October 31, 1951 in Algiers.
Angeles. Three years later, back home where he joined Rank Xerox in 1983 to lead the sales team and office management
During his studies in Namur and Leuven, and at the Ecole Polytechnique of Algiers, he nourished his knowledge which
until 92.
allowed him an exceptional career as an economist and national and international banker.
1992: CBS-for XEROX XEROX resume activity with MDA Capital 20 and 25 employees that has become a company of 160
As an initiator of the Law on Money and Credit of April 1990, he was responsible for the creation of private financial
employees with a capital of 1,350 MDA. Several partnerships have been added during this period (Duplo, Fujitsu, Cisco,
institutions in Algiers.
etc.). He made CBS an integrator of IT solutions, networks.
Abderrahmane Hadj-Nacer is a member of international think-tanks. He is also Chairman of the Committee of Policy Fund.
1999: Creation of Icosnet, a leading ISP in Algeria
2007: Creation of IT2S: a major player in the integration of network and security solutions
2005: Creation of ESA, now OXIA Algeria, software solutions provider, Microsoft partners Scott Hartley - Venture Capitalist, Mohr Davidow Ventures
2010: Creation of TMC Algeria: customer relationship and sales training Scott Hartley is an early stage technology investor at Mohr Davidow Ventures, a Sand Hill Road venture capital firm
Mr. Azzouz is board member of IATA. in Menlo Park, California. MDV was founded in 1983, and has $2 billion invested across companies in the web/mobile,
clean-tech, and healthcare sectors.

Sofiane Baudry - Investor & Founding Director, Casba Buisness Angels Prior to venture capital Hartley worked for Google, Facebook, and Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet
and Society. At Google he spent a year in India launching two operations teams, and lectured on entrepreneurship
Casbah Business Angels is the premier business angels network in Algeria. Sofiane also plays a leading role in the
for in Africa. Hartley has experience at the U.S. State Department, where he worked for the Mission to
Algerian Startup Initiative.
the United Nations in Geneva, at the U.N. Development Program, and at the White House, where he worked with the
Sofiane is a Senior Associate with McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm and is a trusted National Economic Council on issues of U.S. economic policy.
advisor to the world’s leading businesses, governments, and institutions. With a focus on African organizations his
experience includes human capital and organization design, lean performance improvement, implementation and Hartley holds his B.A. from Stanford University, his M.A. in International Affairs and his M.B.A. in Economics and Finance from Columbia University.
operational transformations, as well as strategy and business development.

Before joining McKinsey Sofiane worked with Oddo & Cie, a top independent French investment bank, as an Algorithmic & Portfolio Sales Trader.
Sofiane was involved in high frequency trading while pricing and trading European stock baskets and linked products (ETFs and future hedged EFPs). Valentin Livada - Senior Lecturer in the Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Additionally, Sofiane had the opportunity to set up an algorithmic trading desk and to revamp the portfolio trading platform leveraging the latest
Val Livada founded Weybridge Partners in 1996 as a network of formal and informal associations of practitioners
technological trends. Sofiane holds a master’s degree in electronic engineering from ECE and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.
and organizations focused on the creation of innovation ecosystems. The network includes business and technology
consultants, venture capitalists and angel investors, academics, entrepreneurs, and lawyers in the United States
and abroad. Livada brings 30 years of consulting experience to his clients. He was director at Braxton Associates, an
Mehdi Bendimerad - Founder & CEO, SPS
international strategy planning consulting firm, and vice president at Pugh-Roberts Associates (PRA), a technology
SPS specializes in construction with innovative materials and working with U.S. companies (especially Winter Panel) management firm established by Prof. Ed Roberts from MIT. Prior to establishing Weybridge Partners, he was the
for the transfer of manufacturing techniques and construction expertise. Mehdi worked to develop and popularize leading practitioner in the area of innovation management for the PA Consulting Group.
other types of materials through the concept of “Building otherwise.”
Livada is a judge for the Innovation Competition organized by the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, which coordinates the activities of
Over the past two years, SPS has expanded its production to the manufacture of sandwich panels, metal and portable all universities, teaching hospitals, and research centers in Massachusetts. He is a “catalyst” at MIT’s Deshpande Center, working with different
buildings. SPS is certified ISO 9001/2008 for its system of quality management. innovation teams. Livada is also active in efforts to stimulate activities among U.S., European, and Asian organizations. In Europe, he has worked
with many firms in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Germany, and Scandinavia. He has been instrumental in establishing U.S. operations for
Mehdi studied construction management in France and California, and worked several years in the United States
several European companies, including Nokia Research, Pro2Kem, and ETeCH.
before returning to Algeria in 2000 to create his own entreprise. He is also a board member of the Mediterranean Youth
Leaders (YML-Young Mediterranean Leaders (YML-Young Mediterranean Leaders (, a group of people who share a common goal: Recently, he has been one of the founders of I-Cube, a nonprofit group organizing innovation competitions in Eastern Europe. In 2006, Livada helped
making the Mediterranean an area of ​​solidarity and economic shared prosperity. Since 2011 Medhi has been a member of the executive committee found Nanonexis, an organization dedicated to the convergence of nanotechnology and the built environment, and Boston Instruments, a group
of the Forum of Entrepreneurs. consolidating emerging companies in the molecular spectroscopy sector. Livada holds an SB from MIT and an MA and a PhD from Tufts University.

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Gibs Song - Principal, Main-Aquila Consulting Ovidiu (Ovi) Bujorean - GIST Program Manager, The Global Innovation through Science and Technology
(GIST) Initiative
Gibs has over 25 years of experience from universities, startups and global companies in three different countries.
He has been focusing on startup activities during the past 3 years, gaining insights into the failures and successes Ovidiu (Ovi) Bujorean is Program Manager for the GIST Initiative. Ovidiu is member of the Board of Directors and Regional
of a variety of companies. With diverse experience ranging from technology development, strategic planning and Chair for Washington DC and Virginia for MIT Enterprise Forum. He also serves as an Advisor to the MIT Portugal
executive management, to venture investing, Gibs is a founder, investor and advisor for 8 startups. Gibs has Entrepreneurship and Innovation Initiative. Previously, he was the Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private
held positions including Project Manager (Electric Vehicle Research Program) at the Electrochemical Science and equity firm focused on investing in consumer technology opportunities for the global marketplace. Ovidiu managed a
$600k UNDP e-government Project for the Romanian Presidency. The project was recognized by UNDP as regional best
Technology Center at the University of Ottawa, Director of US Operations for Samsung Advanced Institute of
practice in capacity building and public administration reform. He also worked with Gemini Consulting, Deutsche Post
Technology, and remains Senior Consultant to Cheil Industries (Samsung company) since 2009 and Executive Advisor to Palo Alto Research Center
Consulting, and BCG.
(Xerox company) since 2010. Gibs is an avid golfer, and enjoys motorcycling and travelling.
Ovidiu also founded and led LEADERS, an organization who impacted the lives of approximately 10000 young leaders
and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe. The partnership he built between Leaders and Vodafone was recognized by the Prince
of Wales Business Leaders Forum as a worldwide best practice in developing young leaders. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Capital
Elizabeth Moore Aubin - Deputy Chief of Mission, USA Embassy, Algiers, Algeria.
Network, City of Cambridge, AIESEC at Harvard and as a judge in the competition Startup Chile. He was invited to speak on the topic of “Professional
Elizabeth Moore Aubin, a career senior Foreign Service Officer, became the Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Networking” by the MIT Portugal Entrepreneurship program, the Swiss government, Columbia University and The State Department TechCamp initiative.
Embassy in Algiers on September 28, 2011. Before coming to Algiers, she was the Director for Human Resources He was the winner of Mayor Menino Boston World Partnership Battle of the Network Stars competition that included 125 top Boston connectors. He
for the joint Executive Office of the Bureaus of Near Eastern Affairs and South and Central Asian Affairs. is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management MBA program and the inaugural Sloan Entrepreneurship and Innovation program in Technology.
Previously, she served as the Management Counselor for Embassy Tel Aviv, as a Special Assistant to the Under Ovidiu also holds an MPA degree from the Harvard Kennedy School, an MA in Organizational and Business Psychology and an MA in Governance and
Secretary for Management (2004-2006); as a Post Management Officer in the Western Hemisphere Affairs Institutional Development. He holds a BA in trade from Academy of Economic Studies in Bucharest. He served two terms as the National President of
AIESEC in Romania. Email:
Bureau (1999-2001); as well as two tours in the Executive Secretariat; as a Watch Officer and a Line Officer (1995-
1998). Overseas, she has served as the International Resource Management Officer for USNATO in Brussels (2006-2007), Management Officer at
the Consulate General in Toronto (2001-2004) and as a General Services Officer at the Consulate General in Hong Kong (1998-1999). Her two entry
Amanda Gant - Associate Program Manager, Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST)
level tours were as an Economic Officer at Embassy Rome (1993-1995) and as a Consular Officer at the Consulate General in Curacao (1990-1992).
Elizabeth has a B.A. in Political Science from Barnard College, 1987. She speaks French and Italian. She is married to Daniel J. Aubin.
Amanda Gant joined CRDF Global in March 2012 where she is excited to be a part of supporting the international

entrepreneurial community. She holds a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and will receive her MPP in
International Policy and Development from Georgetown University this May. Her thesis examines the effects of mobile
banking on microfinance institutional performance outcomes. Amanda stays active in her local community by organizing
Glover Park Day, the community day that brings her neighborhood together to showcase local area businesses and non-
Natalia Pipia - Associate Program Director, Innovation Programs The Global Innovation through profits. She shares experiences through travel and cultural exchange by creating and as leading service and ecotourism
Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative trips to Nicaragua since 2008. Amanda is fluent in Spanish. Email:
Natalia Pipia develops and oversees all Innovation Programs at CRDF Global. In her current position, Natalia
is responsible for developing outreach strategies to external partners and funders for Innovation Programs.
Yuritzi Acosta – Program Assistant, Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) Initiative
She develops new opportunities with various organizations and funders who share CRDF Global’s objective
of promoting innovation in emerging economies and advancing the development of new opportunities for Yuritzi has significant international experience working in the fields of education and advocacy. Her interest in working
technology entrepreneurs. She carries out programs that promote strategic partnerships between technology with entrepreneurs and leaders across the globe brought her to CRDF Global in April 2011. As a member of the GIST
entrepreneurs and businesses, build innovation ecosystems in countries where programs are being implemented, Initiative she has worked on projects that empower entrepreneurs to commercialize their innovative ideas through the
and facilitate U.S. market access.
coordination of events and facilitation of access to relevant information.
Natalia has 10 years of experience working in economic development and executed various initiatives in
Over the course of her work, she has coordinated a variety of educational and advocacy programs funded by agencies,
coordination with numerous associations, companies, technology transfer groups, governmental, and non-
such as NeighborWorks USA, USAID and the Florida Department of Education and now the Department of State. Having
governmental organizations in Eurasia, Middle East, Africa, Central and Southeast Asia.
lived in countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe, Yuritzi brings a global view and adaptability to the team. Her
Natalia holds a M.A. in International Relations from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University. interest in the interconnectedness of cultures and people has led her to complete an MA in International Studies with a focus on development from
She resides with her family in Washington, DC metropolitan area. Email: Florida International University. Yuritzi is also fluent in English, French and Spanish. Email:

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Krimo Salem - Founder, If & Then Dr. Jeffrey Margolis - Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
U.S. Department of State
Mr. Salem was previously the Chief Information Officer at IntelliSync (acquired by Nokia). Previously, Mr. Salem was the
Director of Network Services at Electronic Arts with responsibilities that spanned four continents. Mr. Salem has been Dr. Jeffrey Margolis is Foreign Affairs Officer at the United States Department of State. Working in the Office of
recognized by several magazines such as: Fortune, CIO Magazine, Info World and Network World. Mr. Salem was cdounder Science and Technology Cooperation within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific
and advisor to several successful startups such as Webex, Jareeva and PostX. Mr. Salem also held key management Affairs, he forwards U.S. science and technology global engagement programs and facilitates U.S. cooperation across
positions with Adobe Systems and Oracle. He holds a Law degree from Université © Paris XII, France. the Middle East, North Africa, and Central, South, and Southeast Asia. In this capacity, he serves as one of the
State Department leads on a number of programs including the Global Innovation through Science and Technology
initiative that builds regional partnerships and programs that promote economic development through technology
commercialization. Dr. Margolis is the recipient of the American Association for the Advancement of Science - Science
Yacine Rahmoun - Chief Operating Officer, CBS & Technology Policy Fellowship which aims to bring scientific expertise to U.S. domestic and foreign policy decisions.
He is an infectious disease specialist by training, earning his doctorate from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he received the prestigious
CBS a data and document Management Company.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Margolis worked at Baxter Healthcare, Pfizer,
He began his career at the Speech Technology Labs, Panasonic Inc, in Santa Barbara, CA where he performed research in and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on translational medicine applications of bacterial genetics. Dr. Margolis also has extensive education
speech recognition. In 1997 he joined WESCO a data management company based in the Silicon Valley as a project engineer, NGO experience, most recently serving as Vice President of Development for SEE College Prep, a California-based nonprofit organization that offers
in 1998 WESCO was acquired by IKON Office Solutions and he continued as Engineering Manager. In 2007 Yacine held college preparation programs to low income students throughout the state.
a National Production and Technology manager position at RICOH, the world leader in document management. RICOH
enables customers worldwide to improve document workflow and increase efficiency. Yacine is the founder of CaptureDoc
a document management company based in Algeria, USA and Morocco Kathryn Pharr - Foreign Affairs Officer, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific
Affairs, U.S. Department of State
In January 2006, he co-founded TechWadi an Arab American Technology Executive Platform; its mission is to foster connections, relationships, and
entrepreneurship among the Arab-American technology community in Silicon Valley and beyond. TechWadi today numbers more than 500 individuals Ms. Kathryn Pharr works at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and
from engineers to CEOs to VCs to Bankers to Academics.In January 2004 he was elected President of the Algerian American Association of Northern Scientific Affairs. In the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation, she supports programs that enhance the impact
California (AAA-NC). AAA-NC is a non-profit non-religious apolitical cultural organization serving the North African American community since of science and technology on determining solutions to global and local challenges. Ms. Pharr’s portfolio encompasses
1992. Yacine received several awards for best community services in the Silicon Valley. Yacine earned a M.S. in Communications Systems Engineering several U.S. science and technology global engagement programs, including the Global Innovation through Science and
from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne “ Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne”, Switzerland, a Postgraduate degree in Technology (GIST) initiative that identifies, supports, and networks high-potential technology startups in Africa, the
Multimedia Communications Systems from the Eurecom Institute, Sophia Antipolis, France and a Management Degree in Business Administration Middle East, and Asia.
at UC Berkeley. He was a speaker in numerous conferences in the US and Algeria, was interviewed in key business technology magazines and
An analytical chemist by training, Ms. Pharr has published in several academic journals. In graduate school, she took a
lectured at the University of UC Santa Barbara.
Commercializing Innovation course, which sparked her interest in technology commercialization. Later, Ms. Pharr used her chemistry background
to help a start-up sustainable natural care company receive a worldwide exclusive patent from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her previous IT
Brahim Embouaza - Founding Partner, MCD Consulting trainer experience took her to Egypt, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Indonesia.

He is specialized in the decision and legislative making process both within the EU and in North-African countries. He
also has a strong experience over european network industries and transports and north african business environment.

With MCD Consulting, Brahim has been on long term assignment (three years) to the leading business Lawfirm in algiers
(Ghellal and Mekerba Lawfirm) where he was in charge of corporate and economic law, regulation, tax and domestic trade
law. Brahim works now as a lobbyist for the clients of MCD Consulting.

In the meantime, as a co-founder of algerian start-up Initiative (A.S.I), Brahim is in charge of coordination of the team in Algeria and organization
of related events.Brahim is also co-founder of Casbah Business Angels, the first Business angels network created in Algeria. Brahim has worked for
European commission and is graduated from the College of Europe (Bruges, Belgium), the “Institut d’Etudes Politiques” (Lille, France), the Paris-5
university « René Descartes » (Paris, France) and from Vienna University (Austria).

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Rashid M. Al Ballaa - Founder and CEO, National Net Ventures Jeff Hoffman - Founder, Priceline

Rashid Al Ballaa is the founder and CEO of National Net Ventures (N2V), an internet holding company that is Mr. Jeff Hoffman is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and
Disrupting Digital Arabia and stimulating the growth of a multi-billion $ internet industry in Arabia. N2V enables entertainment. Having launched his first software company while still a student at Yale University, Mr. Hoffman has
web ventures in Arabia by investing capital and offering essential infrastructure services, mentorship, and founded and grown a series of successful startup companies in his career, guiding his companies to both acquisitions
support to help accelerate their growth. Rashid is also a board member of National Technology Group (NTG), and public offerings. For his efforts, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship from the National
MENA’s largest ICT conglomerate and key provider of Financial Technology and Services. NTG annual revenue CEO Council in 2010, and was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for Entrepreneurs by the International Association
grew to over 700 million through 20+ subsidiaries and JVs in the MENA region. Before N2V, Rashid founded and of College Entrepreneurs in 2010.
managed Mubasher Financial Services (MFS), MENA’s first STP e-brokerage company and the only provider of
He is currently a founder and partner in ColorJar, a venture accelerator firm that helps entrepreneurs and small
DMA to MENA equity markets. Rashid now serves on the board of MFS. Rashid holds a B.Sc. in Computer science with honors degree from King
business owners launch and grow new business ventures. In this capacity, he works as a virtual CEO with startup
Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
companies all over the world to help turn great ideas into profitable businesses. Mr. Hoffman is perhaps best known as a founder and CEO in the family of companies, where he led the development and launch of Priceline’s consumer company (Priceline YardSale). Hoffman also
H.R.H. Prince Saud Bin Khalid Al-Faisal - Deputy Governor for Investment Affairs - Saudi Arabian
served as an executive in Walker Digital, the parent company of Priceline and one of the country’s most innovative creators of intellectual property
General Investment Authority
and new business models. He is also a featured motivational speaker at conferences across the globe.
HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal heads the Investment Affairs department, which is responsible for managing the
investment environment and competitiveness agenda of Saudi Arabia. The Investment Affairs department has
focused on establishing a more liberal investment environment in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. As part of these
Mr. Ali İsmail Sabancı - Chairman and Director, Pegasus Airlines
efforts, HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal also chairs the Saudi negotiation team for bilateral investment treaties. In 2010,
Saudi Arabia was ranked among the most competitive economies in the world according to the World Bank Ease of Mr. Ali İsmail Sabancı is the Chairman and Director of Pegasus Airlines, and has been serving in this capacity
Doing Business Report and the UNCTAD World Investment Report. since 2004. He has been a Director of Air Berlin PLC & Co. Luftverkehrs KG and Air Berlin Plc since May 2009.
He serves as a Member of the Board of Esas Holding AS. He also serves as a Board Member of various holding
HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal is the Vice Chairman of the: Swiss Saudi Joint Economic Commission; Saudi Russian Joint
companies. He serves as a Director of AFM Uluslararasi Film Produksiyon A.S.
Economic Commission; Saudi Uzbek Joint Economic Commission; Saudi Kazak Joint Economic Commission; Saudi Greek Joint Economic Commission;
Saudi Azerbaijan Joint Economic Commission; and Saudi Senegal Joint Economic Commission. HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal is the President of the Mr. Sabancı was born in 1969 in Adana, Turkey. After finishing his studies in Politics and Economy (1987-1991)
National Competitiveness Center since 2010. The National Competitiveness Center (NCC) was established by SAGIA in 2006 to act as an independent at Tufts University in the USA, he worked as a financial expert at Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated until 1993.
body to monitor, assess and support the enhancement of competiveness in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The NCC fulfils this role by serving as a Between 1993 and 1995 he completed his MBA in International Finance at Columbia Business School.
think tank, facilitator and communicator of change. HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal is a Member of the Board at Saudi Industrial Property Authority
On his return to Turkey he worked as a specialist at the Akbank T.A.S. Bahçekapi Branch until 1996 then became
(MODON), Chief Operations and Chief Financial Officer for Investment Affairs at SAGIA and NCC. As Financial Analyst, HRH Prince Saud K Al-Faisal
Assistant Manager at the Akbank T.A.S. Beyoglu Branch until 1997. That same year he became Head of the
worked with Saudi Aramco during 2001 to 2008.
Project Department at H.Ö. Sabanci Holding Corporation and in 2001 he was promoted to be Head of the Strategic and Business Development Group.
Mr.Sabancı joined Esas Holding Corporation in March 2004 as a member of the Board of Directors and continued his business life as Chairman of
Patricia M. Dinneen - Managing Director, Siguler Guff & Company Board of Directors at Pegasus when it was bought by Esas.He is a member of the Board of Directors of Esas’s partner companies Izair Corporation
Patricia M. Dinneen has focused on Emerging Markets for most of her 36-year career. She is currently a Managing and Air Berlin as well as being a member of TYD, TÜSIAD, ISO and TAIK. Mr. Sabanci speaks fluent English and German and is a married father of
Director at Siguler Guff & Company, a global multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $10.0 billion two children.
in assets under management. Dr. Dinneen joined the Firm in 2004 to build the BRIC private equity investment
business, focusing on Brazil, Russia, India, China and select Frontier Markets. She has primary responsibility for
overseeing the due diligence, selection and monitoring of funds and co-investments for the Firm’s $2 billion BRIC
strategy. Prior to joining Siguler Guff in 2004, Dr. Dinneen was at Cambridge Associates where she led research,
client advisory work and due diligence in Emerging Markets private equity, including performance benchmarking.
Prior to Cambridge, she spent ten years at British Telecommunications (BT), where she was involved in establishing
over ten joint ventures in the Emerging Markets of Asia and Europe. Before BT, Dr. Dinneen worked at Hughes Communications, leading business
projects to extend digital data and TV satellite communications in developed and Emerging Markets. She has also held positions at The RAND
Corporation and the White House. Dr. Dinneen holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and
a Ph.D. in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Dr. Roger Wyse - Managing Director and General Partner, Burrill & Company Scott Hartley will be traveling with GIST to boot camps in Senegal and Algeria
Name: Scott Hartley
Dr. Roger Wyse is a Managing Director and General Partner at Burrill & Company a leading Life Sciences company Company Name: Mohr Davidow Ventures
with $1 billion in venture capital under management, with businesses in merchant banking, private equity Short description: Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV) is an early stage technology venture capital firm based on Sand
and media. Dr. Wyse joined Burrill in 1998 and has led the development of Burrill & Company’s agriculture, Hill Road. Founded in 1983, MDV is investing out of its ninth fund, a $700 million USD fund. We are focused on
nutraceuticals, health & wellness, and industrial biotechnology related activities in venture capital investing. In partnering with brilliant entrepreneurs pursuing disruptive innovation in web, mobile, and digital health.
this endeavor he pioneered the “Virtual Corporate Venture” model and has attracted over 40 corporate investors Hometown: Palo Alto, California
into the various Burrill funds. This model has now been extended to several countries including Malaysia, Brazil, Website:
Russia, and Chile. Favorite hobbies/past-times: Running, triathlons, soccer, reading, traveling
Dr. Wyse chairs or serves on the boards of 11 private companies. He is Co-Chairman of the $162M Malaysian Languages you speak: Spanish, and a bit of Italian, French, and Hindi
Life Capital Fund and is a member of the International Advisory Panel for Biotechnology (BioIAP) for the Prime
Minister of Malaysia. He was founder and Chairman of the Alliance for Animal Genome Research. He serves What inspired you to become an Investor?
on the Board of Industrial Section of BIO. Dr. Wyse is a sought after speaker on biotechnology applications As someone who grew up surrounded by startup companies and innovation, I wanted to be in a position where I could work closely with entrepreneurs
and policy in food, agricultural and bio-cleantech and the use of venture capital as a component of an open solving the biggest problems. I saw venture capital and investing as a way to partner with some of the best entrepreneurs and problem solvers in the world,
innovation strategy for emerging economies. and help them create.

How did you get involved with mentorship?

He has over 30 years of experience as an internationally recognized scientist and as a Dean at two major research universities; Rutgers and the
I have always mentored startups, for friends, classmates, portfolio companies, and for GIST. After working with 70 entrepreneurs in Africa for,
University of Wisconsin-Madison. Immediately prior to joining Burrill & Company, Dr. Wyse served for 5 years as Dean of the College of Agricultural
and subsequently with entrepreneurs in Latin America as a graduate student, I became involved in mentorship with GIST, working in Africa and the Middle
and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1986 - 1992 he served as Dean of Research at, Rutgers University.
In research, Dr. Wyse earned international recognition for his basic studies in plant biochemistry. He published over 150 scientific papers. In What is the best part about being a mentor?
recognition of his research accomplishments he received the prestigious Arthur Flemming Award in 1982 as the Outstanding Young Scientist in the The best part about mentoring is seeing ideas from a high level, and working hands-on with an entrepreneur. As someone in venture capital, you get to
US Federal Service. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Crop Science Society of America and see hundreds of ideas and learn what some of the best practices are for the highest probability of success, whether in business model, roll-out, or other
The American Society of Agronomy. He also served as a consultant to numerous Fortune 500 companies. strategies. Being able to add this value by working with entrepreneurs is personally rewarding, and hopefully helpful to the founder.

How are the entrepreneurs that you have met at the GIST events different from the entrepreneurs in the US?
One of my theses, and the topic about which I write for Forbes is that they are not different. Entrepreneurship and problem solving are global, not local
phenomena. There are local inputs and relevancies that matter and add nuance, but at the core entrepreneurship is not an American phenomenon, it is a
globally available method of problem solving that flourishes under certain circumstances, rules, freedoms, and incentives.

What lessons do you believe entrepreneurs can get from GIST Startup Boot Camps?
You can be an entrepreneur. People are willing to listen to your ideas, and give you feedback. If you listen to feedback and attempt to iteratively build a
product that solves a large problem, you can create value.

When you’re not working on your business, what do you do to enjoy your life?
I love to meet new people, travel, and counter stereotypes. I like to do athletics, and love playing beach soccer.

Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs?

Don’t be afraid to try. Trying something is better than waiting for perfection. But be open to input, feedback, advice, and to pivoting in new directions to
solve the problems that people have. If people tell you something isn’t a problem, don’t invent a problem to fit your solution. Adapt to solve a problem
that exists.

What is the best part of being an entrepreneur?

You get to be creative and solve big problems that help people and are accretive to society. That’s a net positive for the world, and likely has windfalls in
the form of greater connectivity, empathy, and ultimately peace.

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It’s Not a Small World
Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Ideas for Indonesia and
Next door in Turkey, Istanbul hosted MIT’s Global Startup Workshop, a multi-day event that brought together
participants from over 40 countries. Students from MIT and Stanford’s BASES organization brought perspective,
and the U.S. State Department’s Global Innovation in Science and Technology (GIST) program coordinated by CRDF Global sponsored international Startup Boot Camp Indonesia is a program run by the GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) Initiative. GIST was established
mentors to work with 30 of the top Turkish technology entrepreneurs. A consequence of President Obama’s Cairo speech, GIST helps organize in 2010, with funding from the U.S. Department of State, to spur economic advancement through science- and technology-based innovation in
startup boot camps around the world to empower economic development through innovation and entrepreneurship. In Istanbul, the program countries across the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. The idea behind GIST is that economically empowered people (aka entrepreneurs) provide
was bookended by Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Jonathan Margolis and Managing Director of the MIT Entrepreneurship Center, Bill Aulet. the basis for political stability and economic growth.
While success requires intellectual and technical talent, hunger, mentorship, and capital, the locations where this is becoming possible are ever Read more at
expanding. By shining a light on local deficiencies, whether capital or human capital, energy or mentorship, we can level the playing field.

“Young entrepreneurs from NUST have made the nation proud.”

Heart Attack Monitor Wins US Startup Contest for Middle East
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani extended his congratulations to entrepreneurs from Pakistan’s National University of Science
Most Middle East entrepreneurs can only dream of a startup oasis such as California’s Silicon Valley that is filled with
and Technology. He commended the Sahara and Saltech teams for making it to the victory stand at an international business plan competition,
angel investors and venture capitalists. But a few entrepreneurs have begun receiving funding from a more unlikely
source - the U.S. government. One of those entrepreneurs, Ziad Sankari, was just 17 when he lost his father to a heart attack. Today, the Lebanese titled “Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) -- Battle of Ideas World Cup 2011.”
engineer is building a startup based on a medical device that can monitor cardiac patients outside the hospital around the clock. His startup idea Read more at
won a first place prize of $20,000 in the final rounds of the U.S.-sponsored GIST Tech-I Competition held in Istanbul last December. That funding
from the U.S. State Department may help Sankari and his colleague, Najwa Sahmarani, develop a business plan for their “Cardio Diagnostics”
startup. The competition also provided business mentoring by flying in experts from MIT and Silicon Valley. “GISTech was our shortcut towards
better connections and visibility and provided us, indeed, with some cash and unmatchable opportunities to visit Silicon Valley and possibly find a Meet the Coolest Next-Generation Science Entrepreneurs in MENA
collaborator there,” Sankari said.
Read more at At the second Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul recently, we at Wamda were tremendously inspired by the contestants in the Global
Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) Competition, who came from all over the Middle East and North Africa to showcase their
carefully-honed scientific ideas that could transform our societies.
Indonesian Minister: ‘We need four million entrepreneurs’
They hosted a recent conference and business plan competition to inspire, educate and cajole young people into
taking the plunge. “There’s a real craving for this kind of knowledge here,” according to Ovidiu Bujorean, program manager for Global Innovation
through Science and Technology, the US-based agency that ran the event. “Energy, drive, optimism – the people I’ve seen here are the ones who
can take the Indonesian economy into the new global economy of knowledge, ideas and prosperity. [Disclosure: I spoke, judged and put together a Steven Koltai founder of the Global
panel discussion at this event, implemented by CRDF Global and funded by the US State Department.] Entrepreneurship Program attends GIST Tech-I
Read more at GIST Tech-I is a multinational competition hosted by CRDF Global and the
Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST), which invited
entrepreneurs in 43 Muslim countries to submit proposals outlining their
Road Trip! Founders Of YouTube, LinkedIn and Others
ideas for technology innovation. Of the 25 semi-finalists, Najwa Shmarani
Tackle Brain Drain in Malaysia
and Ziad Sankari of Lebanon won the Grand Prize $20,000 for their start-up
Malaysia has a very young population, 65% of which is under 35, as well as the need to create jobs quickly. Hwang says entrepreneurship can
concept, Cardio Diagnostics, a device which provides continuous monitoring
create alternatives to other activities. “In many cases the government is responding to demand by the people,” she says, like in Indonesia, where a
for patients with heart problems.
grassroots movement began. “The government recognized entrepreneurship to be a good cause to engage young talent and create alternatives to
other activities.”She observes that the U.S. government has been promoting entrepreneurship in Muslim-dominated countries with this goal. “The Read more at
GIST initiative is a partner of”

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and Entrepreneurship Programs CRDF GLOBAL’S
CRDF Global’s Impact

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Programs

Increasing Opportunities for Early-Stage Transforming Technology Transfer in Russia
CRDF Global is a private, nongovernmental organization
Entrepreneurs CRDF Global has trained more than 300 technology transfer
committed to promoting peace and prosperity through
science and technology. Its innovation and entrepreneurship- In the search for entrepreneurs with innovative technology managers and assisted eight leading research universities with
focused programs develop technology commercialization ideas that can address a problem affecting their country establishing technology transfer offices, which significantly
or region, the Global Innovation through Science and contributed to the establishment of the local innovation
capabilities and sustaining networks abroad. Domestically,
CRDF Global helps to create more viable investment, GIST Tech-I
Technology (GIST) Initiative has implemented the GISTech-I ecosystem. The Programs include professional skills
Competition, attracting close to 200 teams from the Middle development seminars, workshops, academia and industry
partnership and collaborative opportunities for American
East, Africa, and Central and South East Asia. Among them international conferences, and site visits to the United States
businesses and scientists who gain access to top international
was CardioDiagnostics, a Lebanese startup founded by Ziad for technology transfer professionals. Similar activities have
research and expertise.
Sankari. Ziad lost his father at the age of 17 to a heart attack, strengthened the technology commercialization capabilities
which inspired him to create a medical device that monitors of more than 20 research universities of the Russian
Core Program Beliefs cardiac patients outside the hospital around the clock. This Federation.
Innovation. We believe strongly in the power of technology Strategic partnerships. We partner with like-minded local idea earned him a top prize of the competition awarded at
Accessing U.S. Markets
and innovation as drivers for sustainable growth. and regional organizations and corporations to leverage our the Second Global Entrepreneurship Summit on December
3-5, 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey. CardioDiagnostics has been Since 2005, CRDF Global has implemented more than 20
Entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs transform innovation resources and capabilities to build capacity for greater impact
given a strong start for a global success with $20,000 in seed U.S. travel programs for close to 90 participants representing
into enterprises that generate value and create jobs. Our and avoid redundancy.
funding, hands-on training with serial entrepreneurs and dozens of universities, research institutes and technology
programs are designed with the individual in mind, as the companies from Russia, Armenia and Azerbaijan and
business mentors, global media exposure by MSNBC and
nucleus and sole purpose of our mission. Wired Magazine, an upcoming trip to Silicon Valley and collaborated with such prominent U.S. organizations as MIT,
participation in the MIT Global Startup Workshop. Babson College, Garage Technology Ventures, Plug & Play
Incubator, CleanTech Open and others. Based on the scalable
Innovation Ecosystem Development Startup Support and highly customizable format of the Innovation U.S. travel
CRDF Global believes in the bottom-up approach in building Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of all programs and existing cache of experience, best practices
the local ecosystems and supports local entrepreneurship economies and the source of growth and dynamism. CRDF and partners, CRDF Global is able to design and implement
initiatives by identifying leaders, existing programs and the Global offers a comprehensive suite of programs designed to results-oriented and cost-effective programs that perfectly
gaps in the system. nurture these early-stage companies. fit the objectives and needs of a diverse range of partner
• Assisting with the formation of new technology • Identifying promising business opportunities, funders, organizations in emerging markets.
commercialization offices and incubators partners and resources
Building Institutional Capacity
• Strategic planning • Designing and executing acceleration programs
Since 2005, CRDF Global has partnered with the Enterprise
• Management training and educational outreach • Comprehensive skill development training Incubator Foundation (EIF), one of the most successful
• Comprehensive programs designed to enhance • Access to sources of funding IT-focused technology business incubators and consulting
entrepreneurship culture companies in the Caucasus region, to implement its Science
and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). With
• Assisting with investment capital infrastructure Technology Acceleration co-funding from the Ministry of Economy of the Republic
CRDF Global promotes business growth by supporting of Armenia, EIF implemented more than 15 STEP activities
students, researchers and technology developers who believe Ziad Sankari, CardioDiagnostics including the Business Partnership Grant (BPG) program,
that their product or service is viable commercially. Programs Innovation Forums, cluster seminars, business trainings for
guide them through the process of commercialization by Providing Access to Capital scientific community, legal and accounting seminars and
honing their skills and helping them to grow and realize their The “ecoFridge,” a revolutionary refrigeration system used matchmaking events. Through its partnership with CRDF
market potential. to transport perishable products, was developed by a team Global, EIF strengthened communication channels between
of Ukrainian scientists with a U.S. business partner who science and private sectors, gained broader access to the U.S.
• Identifying intellectual property with commercial
participated in a CRDF Global research and development business network and scaled up its outreach and programs to
potential in universities and corporations
grant competition. CRDF Global provided training and non-IT sectors—becoming one of the focal entrepreneurship-
• Hands-on training in technology transfer and intellectual support organizations in Armenia and in the region.
mentorship to the team to prepare them to effectively pitch
property rights
the ecoFridge at a venture forum in Los Angeles, CA. As a
• Online technology commercialization courses result, the team obtained $2.2 million of follow-on capital
• Technology valuation and market assessment investment to develop their business, and EcoFridge is
now being adopted by companies around the world who
appreciate its environmental benefits and cost efficiency.
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UPCOMING EVENTS DATE LOCATION Building local entrepreneurial
ecosystems together
GIST Tech-I Competition Launch July, 2012
Webinar: Technology Transfer and Incubation August, 2012 Online
Global Entrepreneurship Flag Competition September, 2012
San Francisco, New York,
GIST Transformers Entrepreneurship Journey to the US October, 2012
Boston & Washington TURKEY
GIST Tech Connect, Pakistan October 2, 2012 Online

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GIST Startup Boot Camp Partners
GIST Initiative –
ORGANIZING PARTNERS Algerian Startup Initiative –

Business Competitions
GIST Tech-I, $115,000 in awards – July 9-Sept 12, 2012 –
The 2012 ASI-MSI Competition, April-October 2012 –
Startup Open, November 12-18, 2012 –
Global Cleantech Ideas Open Competition, November 8-14, 2012 –

Other Resources
Skill Development and Presentation
Biz Planit –
Business development services
Blogtrepreneur –
Advice blog for entrepreneurship, social media, finance, business, personal development
BPlans –
Business development information, writing a business plan, marketing, financing a business, forming a business
eCorner –
Entrepreneurship resources from Stanford University
My Own Business –
Cash Flow and Accounting
Plan Write –
Business Plans
Score –
Templates for business plans, cash flow spreadsheets, sale forecasts and general information for obtaining financial
assistance and useful information on marketing and PR
Working Knowledge–
Entrepreneurship resources from Harvard Business School

Entrepreneur and Business News

Entrepreneur –
News and resources for business, finance, technology, marketing, startups, etc. –
News resource for business, finance, technology, leadership & management, sales, start-ups, etc.
Red Herring –
Technology news resources
VentureBeat –
News resource for technology and finances
Afriqueitnews -
The leading West African website for tech startup news

Networking Groups
Wamda –
Entrepreneur network and news
Africa Leadership Forum –
Civil society organization promoting leadership development through workshops, publications, conferences, seminars, and workshops

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Submission Deadline: September 12, 2012


Your solution Your world

The GIST initiative is seeking entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in this multinational
GIST Tech-I competition.

Submit & Win

2 minute video pitch More Than $200K in Awards
Executive Summary

First Round Second Round

First Place: $25,000 Up to 5 Scholarships to GIST Go Global:
Runner Up: $15,000 6 week acceleration program in Silicon Valley
Second Place: $10,000
Third Place: $5,000 $175,000 in seed funding for best companies
Best Female Entrepreneur Award: $5,000
5 Honorable Mentions: $2,000
3 months of mentorship for 30 companies

Apply now at:

Competition Starts: July, 2012
GIST Webinars/Partner Trainings: August 13-31, 2012
Submission Deadline: September 12, 2012
Online Voting: October 24 - November 7, 2012
Global Entrepreneurship Summit: December 11-13, 2012 @GISTinitiative
GIST Accelerator: August - September 2013

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