GIST APEC Catalyst Pitch Competition 2019 in La Serena, Chile

Call deadline: August 9, 2019 
Duration: Sept. 29- Oct. 4, 2019
Location: La Serena, Chile


Program Overview 

The GIST APEC Catalyst Pitch Competition will include featured startups from around the APEC economies. Through the competition, young entrepreneurs will have an opportunity to elevate their pitch and showcase the startups they are working on. Teams will also learn how to pitch their business ideas to investors and potential partners—a critical skill for entrepreneurs.

The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative is holding a live pitch competition during the 2019 APEC Chile in La Serena, Chile, Sept. 29- Oct. 4, 2019.


Eligibility Countries

Please complete this application in full. All applications must consist of only one team member. All applicants must be citizens of one of the APEC Economies below:

  • AustraliaBrunei DarussalamCanadaChilePeoples Republic of ChinaHong Kong, China; IndonesiaJapanMalaysiaMexicoNew ZealandPapua New GuineaPeru;
  • The PhilippinesRussiaSingaporeRepublic of KoreaChinese TaipeiThailand; the United States; and Viet Nam.


Rules for Teams 


  • Teams must be women-focused or women-led. Preference will be given to teams that have overcome economic hardship and/or identify as a member of a vulnerable community.
  • Also encouraged are startups who demonstrate the commitment to investing in women/vulnerable communities, inclusive company growth strategies that engage women/vulnerable communities, or innovations that address the needs of women/vulnerable communities.


The deadline to apply is Aug. 9, 2019. After that, there will be a public voting phase of this application process during Aug. 19-30, 2019. During this phase, your 90-second pitch video will be provided online. If your application has been approved for the next round, you will be notified and asked to upload further information.

Final decisions will be shared with applicants by late August.

Please note that the event will be held in English and all public voting pitch videos must be in English; unfortunately we are unable to provide translation for this event.



  • If you have questions related to the GIST APEC Regional Pitch Competition and your application, please contact Marie Silver,
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