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Global Forum & GI$CO startup competition

Monday, 7 October, 2019 to Tuesday, 8 October, 2019







Facing Innovation, Simulation & Realities

Monday 7th & Tuesday 8th October 2019

Angers, France — Centre de Congrès Jean Monnier


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Digital Transformation meets small business innovation

The Global Forum & Active Media are hosting the 4th annual Global Innovation Start Up Competition (GI$CO) for start-up and scale-up companies and innovative ideas to be presented at the conclusion of the 2019 Global Forum on Tuesday, 8 October 4-5:30 pm at the Radisson Blue Hotel


The Global Innovation Startup Competition (GI$CO)  is to match innovative ideas from small & medium size and startup businesses from all over the world, with investors, facilitators, IP/patent specialists and angel networks, VCs, strategic investment arms of holding companies and technology firms.  Local, women-owned companies and start-ups are welcome to present their innovative ideas from all industries and sectors for the digital future. 


GICO Format

GICO is requesting a one-page executive summary format of innovative/start-up companies.  If selected to present at the Global Forum 2019, each individual will brief 2 minutes followed by a Q&A session with distinguished judge panelists.  GICO judges include thought leaders and entrepreneurs representing Silicon Valley-  and other US regions, the EU- and other innovation hubs. 

The top three competitors will be awarded significant assistance to take their fledgling business to the next level, such as: Guaranteed pitches to Angel networks & other investors, 1 week at incubation competition camp (China), opportunity to participate at CES, 5 hours of consulting with Silicon Valley mentor team and one weekend in Silicon Valley (Friday – Sunday) including lodging and company visits (like Google, Apple, Tesla).

Please send one-pagers to no later than 28 September

The top ten finalists will be notified no later than 4 October

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