OCTOBER 16, 2015

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 Sapiencia.

STARTUP BOOT CAMP MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA OCTOBER 16, 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 Sapiencia.



Taddy Hall Taddy Hall is a recognized authority in the fields of Marketing, Innovation, Branding, and Competitive Strategy. His articles on innovation have appeared in The Harvard Business Review (12/2005 and 1/2009), The Wall Street Journal, Ad Age, and CMO Magazine. Taddy is also co-author of The Online Advertising Playbook, published by J. Wiley in April, 2007. Over the last decade, Taddy has collaborated with HBS Professor and innovation authority, Clayton M. Christensen, on the publication of The Innovator’s Solution and Marketing Malpractice (HBR) as well as on the growth of a related consulting practice. Taddy and Prof. Christensen are currently working to deliver their unique tools and frameworks to executives in Emerging Markets. In 2011, he has led projects involving more than a dozen diverse companies in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, and The Philippines. Taddy has worked actively with the Endeavor ( organization since 1997. A member of the Endeavor Global Advisory Board, Taddy advises Endeavor Entrepreneurs – a network of 600+ leaders – to help them build profitable growth companies. Taddy began his career in Venture Capital / Private Equity, working for Advent International both in the US (3 yrs.) and Latin America (2 yrs.). He transitioned from finance to operations, managing five venture backed businesses. Taddy also served as the Chief Strategy Officer for the Advertising Research Foundation (2003-2008) where he leveraged deep expertise in Media, Digital Technologies, and Research Methodologies to help senior executives succeed in challenging competitive contexts. Currently, Taddy works as SVP and global innovation expert for Nielsen, helping clients meet their goals for growth and innovation.



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.

Max Green Max is an engineer with a passion for identifying strategies to translate early-stage innovations into successful products and services. He currently serves as a Project Director at the IC2 Institute, where he manages programs that teach practical, hands-on education to entrepreneurs and scientists around the world. He leverages his background in science, engineering, and business, which allow him to be uncommonly effective at technology-based opportunity analysis, product launch strategy, marketing / sales, and the negotiation of complex agreements. Before joining the IC2 Institute, Max worked at The University of Texas at Austin’s Office of Technology Commercialization, NASA’s Innovative Partnerships Program at Kennedy Space Center and at Applied Materials, Inc. He has established a deep understanding of the technology commercialization process, leading customer development efforts and negotiations to close more than 50 intellectual property license agreements. He also played a central role in establishing 10 startups at UT Austin, with efforts including early discovery of product-market fit, establishing initial revenue models, facilitating engagements with investors, entrepreneurs and strategic partners, and negotiating corporate agreements. Max holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an M.S. in Technology Commercialization, both from The University of Texas at Austin.


Aprille Raabe Aprille Raabe joined the IC2 Institute as a Program Manager in 2015 after three years with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Science and Technology Cooperation. During her time with the State Department, she fostered international science and technology relationships to encourage joint research, innovation, and economic growth with countries in Latin America, Europe, and Africa. A significant effort in her work was to engage the private sector and strengthen the links between basic research, innovation, and product development. One of Aprille’s key roles was to serve as the U.S. secretariat for the U.S.-Ireland Research and Development Partnership Steering Committee, which promotes joint research endeavors between the United States, Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Aprille began her career in Washington, D.C. with the late Senator Ted Stevens (AK), and served as his Staff Director and Chief Counsel on the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Prior to her position with the State Department, Aprille was Defense Counsel for Representative Don Young (AK). Aprille received her B.A. in Communication from Saint Mary’s College, Indiana and a Concentration in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame. She received her J.D. from Tulane University Law School where she specialized in International and European Union law.

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.




Haidee Yulady Jaramillo [email protected] Alejandro Arango Correa [email protected]

Innseres uses recyclable and reusable materials such as cardboard tubes (PAR3), wood, and plastic recycled tires to create a line of furniture including sofás, chairs, and tables. Our furniture is ideal for rustic spaces, farms, public places and low-income households.


Ana Cristina Zuniga Zapata [email protected]

Cold Chain Technologies offers integrated cold chain solutions that provide security, traceability, and confidence in the transport of perishable products for health and nutrition.

Andres Felipe Munera Cano [email protected]


Juan Tavera-Mesías [email protected] Jonathan Medina [email protected]

InterOperability Platform allows for clinical patient information to be available from any health information system in the country at all times. It facilitates the provision of better health services and significantly reduces the costs associated with the collection, storage and exchange of information in the health sector.



Pedro Juan Pérez Passos [email protected] Sebastian Posada Lopera [email protected]

Energy Pack is a portable system using renewable energy such as solar power, hydroelectric, and wind power for the production of electricity in rural and isolated areas. Our system is easy to transport, assemble, disassemble, and operate.


Juan Pablo Restrepo Velasquez [email protected] Carol Ximena Ruiz Gómez [email protected]

Biosol EPM produces a fertilizer from waste water treatment processes, which is enriched with minerals. Biosol EPM can improve the soil degradation in Antioquia and reduces the high cost of the waste water treatment processes associated with transportation and disposal.


Ivonne Carvajal Marín [email protected]

L’organique is a line of chemical free hair care products created from natural extracts. L’Organique provides a non-toxic solution for those who suffer from hair disorders or who simply wish to maintain healthy, beautiful hair.

Andres Mauricio Carvajal Marin [email protected]


Jailer Nieto Marin [email protected]

Biogas Energy generators are easy to transport and assemble, and allows those who do not have easy access to electricity to convert biogas into electricity of up to 5 kW at low volume and low pressure.

Alejandro Taborda Puerta [email protected]


A & A Generación

Juan J. Gonzalez [email protected] Luis Alejandro Olarte [email protected]

A & A Generación harnesses the power of liquids in pipes with sufficient flow and pressure for the desired generation needs to create electricity. These devices are an environmentally friendly alternative to diesel generation systems and small hydro or battery banks.


Pablo Andres Maya Duque [email protected] Jorge Ramirez Cardona [email protected]

iDecide is a collaborative online platform to support group decision making processes. In only four steps a decision process is set up and shared with your friends or colleagues. iDecide allows you to collect and visualize the contribution of the different members of the group and generates analytical information that will lead you to better, more informed decisions.


Ricardo Serrano Salazar [email protected]

Mapalomalia is a web platform that allows for the simple creation and sharing of geological models. Mapalomalia makes the composition and structure of the earth easy to express, share and use.

Jose Duque Trujillo [email protected]

BIOMODA Biomoda clothing is made by indigenous Colombian communities with eco-friendly textiles recycled from PET bottles. Maria Angelica Penagos Moya [email protected] Jhon Edison Ossa [email protected]


SOS Energy in Motion

Andrés Felipe Isaza Piedrahita [email protected]

Our service uses solar panels on public buses and cars to provide electricity for the recharging of smartphone batteries and other mobile devices. Passengers will no longer run out of battery power while they are in transit!

Carlos Mario Osorio Rendón [email protected]

Biobank and Cell Therapy Laboratory

Natalia Becerra [email protected] Dalila Jaramillo coordinacionmercadeo

Through research in tissue engineering, processing, and distribution of donated tissues, and the development of advanced cell therapies in regenerative medicine, the LTCB provides medical solutions for people who have received unsuccessful treatments, are experiencing complications, or are facing potential amputation. In addition we address the needs of those who want to use their own cells for skin rejuvenation.


Kenny C. Diaz [email protected] David Hernando Palacio Hajduk [email protected]

APMB uses a novel process to modify the composition, structure, properties and commercial applicability of certain biopolymers from a green microalgae by using an exclusive technological device. The resulting biomass has great commercial value as a source of hydrocarbons, lipids and fatty acids, and has great value as a raw material for the production of biofuels.

PYMES Controls Pymes Controls offers a customizable, highly efficient, versatile, and adaptable machine that allows for precise cuts, molding of parts, and detailed finishes. Didier Yecid Grajales Quiroz [email protected] Ever de Jesús Villalba Monsalve [email protected]


HAWKING HAWKING is a specialized application for persons with limited mobility and speaking abilities, that uses eye movement to more easily operate mobile devices. Alejandro Uribe Sánchez [email protected] Alejandro Gil Correal [email protected]


Steven Galvis Arango [email protected] Juan Carlos Rodriguez Uribe [email protected]

PanTrek is a free online search engine for booking bus and ferry tickets in Latin America. Find in-depth company profiles, user reviews, and ratings to book the best route for you! Whether you are a tourist, local, or backpacker, PanTrek will fulfill your travel needs.


Carolina Hernandez [email protected] Jairo Pérez García [email protected]

WHAM is a method for detecting cardiac abnormalities in real time. It can be implemented in electronic devices to support timely diagnosis. Unlike other devices, WHAM stores signals and generates alarms only when a fault event is detected.


Jhony Andres Tobon [email protected]

Lian Design, is a biomimetic acoustic panel developed with eco-friendly materials that allows for more effective absorbtion of noises related to industrial work and large metropolitan cities.

Lina Grisales [email protected]


OMI Recirculating Shower

Sergio Montoya [email protected] Elias Montoya [email protected]

OMI is a recirculating shower system that allows users to take long showers while saving water and energy. By recirculating and filtering a small amount of water over a long period of time, users can drastically lower their water consumption while maintaining their showering habits and saving money.


María Cristina Aristizábal [email protected]

PROAID M is a low cost, easy to assemble, and easy to transport plywood wheelchair. This wheelchair allows a high level of customization for ergonomic fit, aesthetics, and function.

Andres Hernando Valencia Escobar [email protected]


Daniel Calle Castrillón [email protected] David Villegas Delgado [email protected]

Nautilus is an innovative company created to design technology-based and eco-friendly solutions that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the naval and maritime industry in Colombia. In order to solve our clients need for affordable, aesthetic, innovative and fun watercrafts, we created the Hydrone S, a one-man vessel that lifts its hull over the water and allows to manually or automatically control flight, bringing the user closer to the flying experience.

SEIKETSU system Through the use of low cost sensors and data acquisition, SEIKETSU system is an application that generates warnings for the potential failure of industrial devices. Arley Salazar Hincapie [email protected] Andres Felipe Romero Maya [email protected]

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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 Sapiencia.

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