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The Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) initiative is led by the US Department of State. This GIST Boot Camp is implemented by the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin in partnership with Colciencias.

STARTUP BOOT CAMP BOGOTA, COLOMBIA OCTOBER 21, 2015 GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) empowers young innovators through networking, skills building, mentoring, and access to financing to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges. Since 2011, GIST has engaged with more than 2.8 million innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide, and mentored over 4,500 startups that have generated more than $110 million in revenue. GIST inspires, identifies, supports, and connects young innovators across the globe through:

GIST Net helps the most connected generation in history advance their ventures by sharing and learning from peers and successful entrepreneurs with diverse backgrounds and experiences. GIST Net supports science and technology entrepreneurs in emerging economies as they build innovative new businesses to tackle their community’s most pressing challenges.

TechConnects are live interactive webcasts on entrepreneurship topics that enable global youth to ask leading experts for advice.

Startup Boot Camps support science and technology (S&T) startups through hands-on mentorship, training activities and information on funding, led by U.S. and local entrepreneurs and investors.

The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide. Aspiring innovators pitch their ideas and startups through videos voted on globally and reviewed by experts to determine the finalists who will attend the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Finalists also receive 3 months of one-to-one mentoring, and Tech-I winners receive funding to advance their innovations.

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The Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) initiative is led by the US Department of State. This GIST Boot Camp is implemented by the IC2 Institute at The University of Texas at Austin in partnership with Colciencias.



Gary Hoover Founder, CEO The Spark Factory -- developing The Spark in Austin, Texas Entrepreneur in Residence, School of Information The University of Texas at Austin Twitter @garyhoov Website

Gary Hoover is the rare combination of a business scholar and practitioner. He began the learning side by studying businesses large and small at the age of 12, and later studying under four Nobel Prize winning economists at the University of Chicago, including Milton Friedman. His practical side led him to be a stock analyst on Wall Street and then a retail executive at Fortune 500 companies until he started his first company in Austin, Texas over 30 years ago. That was BOOKSTOP, the first chain of giant book superstores, later purchased by industry leader Barnes & Noble. Then he went on to found the company that evolved into, one of the world’s leading company information websites. Hoover’s went public in1999 and is now owned by Dun & Bradstreet. In 2009 he became the first Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the highly ranked McCombs Business School of the University of Texas at Austin, a role he now serves in the same University’s graduate School of Information. He mentors entrepreneurs and speaks to corporate and government leaders worldwide. He recently founded his 6th startup, The Spark, to be Austin’s museum-like innovation experience. Gary lives near Austin in his 56,000-book personal reference library.



Agostinho Almeida Agostinho Almeida holds a degree in Biology, a PhD in Biomedical Sciences and an International MBA, having lived in three different countries (USA, Portugal and Colombia). He has over a decade of experience in executing and managing R&D at Portuguese and Colombian research institutes, with a strong focus on Life Sciences. Since 2011, he has been working with Colombian companies from different sectors, supporting them in Innovation Management, Business Development and Strategy. He was Director of Tech Transfer of a local triple helix institution leading university-industry-government relations and the development of a regional tech transfer model for Antioquia, Colombia. Also, he has co-founded tech-based Portuguese companies that operate in different industry sectors. Currently, he is an investment manager at Promotora, a Colombian venture capital fund manager, and an associate professor at the University of Eafit.

Heath Naquin Heath Naquin serves as Executive Director for the SW I-Corps Node at The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he served as a Managing Director for a multi-university NSF Industry University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC). Heath was a founding member of three different start-up business initiatives across sectors. He has helped companies raise more than $30 Million in funding. Heath actively works on international commercialization initiatives and efforts focusing on industry collaboration, new project development and deployment along with building linkages between industry, government, academia and the venture capital community. Heath has worked in more than 20 countries on international commercialization and entrepreneurship initiatives in countries such as Colombia, Jordan, Iraq, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Armenia, and Turkey. Mr. Naquin has extensive experience with the NSF, EPA and NIH SBIR programs as an active commercial reviewer for many years. Heath also currently serves as Faculty for the Concordia University Executive MBA program Entrepreneurship and Innovation course.


Sarah Staton Dr. Sarah J. R. Staton is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow in the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). Dr. Staton works to promote science, technology, and innovation entrepreneurship through international collaboration and education with a focus on women and underrepresented groups. She came to the Department of State from the Naval Research Laboratory where she was a National Research Council (NRC) Postdoctoral Fellow. For her research she has been awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, and has generated multiple pieces of patented IP. Dr. Staton earned her Ph.D. in bioanalytical chemistry from Arizona State University and her B.A. in biochemistry from William Jewell College.

Haley Smith In her current position with the Global Innovation through Science and Technology initiative (GIST), Haley works with the State Department’s implementing partners to host a series of technology Boot Camps for science and technology entrepreneurs in emerging economies. Haley came to the State Department after three years living in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where she worked on USAID’s Political Party Strengthening Program for Democracy International. In this role, Haley developed a training program for grassroots political youth leaders, and a multiparty program to address the issues of political violence and dialogue in the country. Prior to DI, Haley spent two years in the Obama Administration working for former Secretary Steven Chu at the Department of Energy as his Director of Scheduling. In addition she also has spent several years on both sides of Capitol Hill and on campaigns. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Carolina.

Mandy Sutton Mandy Sutton is a senior program coordinator at IC2, supporting the activities of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology program (GIST) and the National Science Foundation I-Corps program. In these roles, she focuses on giving young entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists around the world the resources, mentoring, and tools they need to be successful. Before joining IC2, Mandy served as a study abroad coordinator for five years at UCLA and at Arcadia University’s London, UK center. During her international education career, she prepared hundreds of undergraduate students to further their education abroad through one-on-one counseling, specialized programming, and instruction sessions. Mandy holds a BA in English from UCLA and a MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.




Jaime Alonso Tellez [email protected] Edwin Mauricio Gonzalez Moreno [email protected]

Entregamos provides businesses a messenger network with which to manage the logistics of their shipments. Through this service, users can find courier companies and pay for their services, conduct banking transactions, transport documents, and order general and rush deliveries.


Miguel Angel Ospina Usaquén [email protected] John Jimmy Rodriguez Ortega [email protected]

Small Market is an online platform that will improve the business management of small companies. This application allows users to determine their best-selling product and their most frequent customers in order to improve their sales strategies.


Enrique Hernández [email protected] Julián Gómez [email protected]

This system allows users to measure and gather data on the cloud, in off-grid and rural areas where internet connectivity is problematic. Users will easily be able to measure variables like oxygen concentration or water consumption.


TANDEMBOX Our translation smartphone app will do away with the need for bulky traditional translation equipment for conferences and meetings. Juliana Orjuela [email protected] Luis Guillermo Torres [email protected]


Diego Fernando Saavedra Vivas [email protected] Paola Mazabuel [email protected]

Social Events provides services for planning, organizing and conducting both public and private events. Through an online platform, the customer can define the event’s features and manage its implementation. Social Events allows you to program, monitor and control every stage of your event.

MONNETO Monneto allows users to find products and places around their city according to their budget and then share them with friends and colleagues. Iván Jaramillo Founder & CTO/CIO [email protected] Sebastian Jaramillo Founder & CEO [email protected]

UGCA UGCA improves the shelf life of food, drugs and nutraceutical products up to 12,000% using a powdered product made from yellow pitahaya or dragon fruit. Johanna Andrea Serna Jiménez [email protected] María Angélica Ortiz Salazar [email protected]



Jorge Marzola [email protected]

Agribusinnes Crab Waste transforms leftover residues from crab meat processing into new food products, such seasoning, flour and stock. These new products can improve the nutritional content and flavor of foods.

Edwin Mauricio Gonzalez Moreno [email protected]


Amanda Consuelo Diaz Moreno [email protected]

Bioalimentos replaces artificial food colorants with natural bee pollen. This new product will increase the value of a natural resource and will promote beekeeping in the country.

Claudia Yamile Salazar [email protected]


Julio Andrés Chaparro [email protected]

Healthy Babies is a mobile application that helps parents take care of their baby by building a community of parents who can share their parental concerns, needs, and best practices.

Miguel Angel Chaparro [email protected]


Stephanie Segura Cano [email protected] Fernando Luna Vera, Ph.D. [email protected]

Rapid Health Flow is a device that allows the fast diagnosis of infectious disease in humans without the need of special facilities, infrastructure or user expertise. Rapid Health Flow is an efficient solution for the diagnosis of potentially life-threatening diseases in children in geographically isolated regions where no health services are available. -7-


Esperanza Camargo [email protected] Johan Malagon [email protected]

The DIGITI UD portable digital scoliometer is a device that makes an electronic measure of a patient’s spine. This measurement allows scoliosis to be detected early, thus giving patients more treatment options. The results can be seen on the device or on a smartphone via a Bluetooth communication, the app can store the most relevant patient data together with the results obtained in order to follow the evolution of deviations and statistical analysis.

E-TAINER Alejandro Echeverry [email protected] Cesar Agudelo Color [email protected]

E-Tainer offers a sustainable living or business space that is outfitted with renewable energy and water systems. These containers are easy to install and provide a flexible and sustainable space for people completely off the grid.


Julian Perez [email protected]

Pejibaye solutions creates a nutritional alternative based on the isolation of the proteins, amino acids and fatty acids of the pejibaye fruit. With these nutrients, we have made natural supplements.

Tomas Meija [email protected]


Cesar Augusto Suarez [email protected] Juan Manuel Sanchez Cespedes [email protected]

Enseña is an application that facilitates learning sign language for people with hearing disabilities and the people who interact with them. This leads to better social inclusion of the deaf community through information technology and communication devices such as tablets and smartphones. This is a self-directed learning app, which makes learning sign language quick and fun. -8-


Julian Galvez [email protected] Sandy Carvajal [email protected]

Tripstigator is a marketplace of outstanding cultural experiences and locally sourced ideas that plugs a demographic that traditionally doesn’t have access to the digital global economy into the e-commerce world. We are more than a marketplace, we are a community of instigators creatively empowering talents to connect with on-the-road or on-thecouch travelers in order to provide legitimately interesting and educative activities to experience other cultures.

ENMOCHILA Andrea Carolina Buitrago [email protected] Rossi Lara [email protected]

EnMochila is a site to find the best vacation options to fit your budget. Using your budget data, EnMochila searches flights, accommodations, food, attractions and all the things that you need for the perfect trip.


Nicolas Zuluaga [email protected] Santiago Jumah [email protected]

RealLabs offers a platform that makes it easy to connect equipment to the internet, allowing users to easily control the equipment from anywhere in the world. It is easy to adapt to different environments, such as education centers, industrial facilities and even home and work spaces.


Javier Martinez [email protected] Guillermo Juliano [email protected]

FastCoach is a platform that provides online coaching to clients and companies in Latin America. This platform will democratize the process of coaching by tracking the users’ goals and having a community of professional coaches ready to help.



Alejandro Rangel Retavisca [email protected] Cesar Augusto Pantoja Restrepo [email protected]

BikeTracker is a tracking system that transmits a bike’s location through an application installed on your smartphone. The BikeTracker is hidden from view on the bicycle, and can be installed on any bike without modification.


Henry Mauricio Ardila [email protected] Jorge Leonardo Espinosa Tovar [email protected]

Using the mobile application Ayax, people can send money to a recipient through our network of agents. These agents are responsible for collecting and delivering the currency. Our service is complementary to banking services, eliminating the need for users to be affiliated with a bank.


Andres Gonzalez Barrios [email protected] Alberto De Jesus Barros Mercado [email protected]

Biosurfactants can select, design, scale up the production of, and formulate biosurfactants capable of separating crude-water systems or reduce crude viscosity. Our library of biosurfactants sampled from different extreme environments can be used to separate crude-water emulsions, and can be customized for each specific crude being treated.

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