Science &Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) Georgia

“Virtual Incubation Program” (VIP) 

 

 

CRDF Global invites all interested Georgian technology innovators and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in online training and competition in the framework of its annual Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP). CRDF Global launches “Virtual Incubation Program” (VIP) that delivers support to startup teams developing products and services related to Cyber-security, Green Energy, IoT, Big Data, and Robotics.  The STEP Georgia is made possible through grants from the United States Department of State.    

The STEP Georgia trainings and competitions are designed to support technology entrepreneurship in Georgia through mentorship and funding and:

  • Provide participating startups with access to personalized business development assistance through mentorship, competitively awarded grants and linkages with potential partners/investors in order to enhance their potential for commercial success.
  • Facilitate collaborations between local inventors and investors, global S&T and business communities and the Georgia-based technology entrepreneurs and private companies.

The online program (90 days in length) will include topic & niche specific webinars, individual coaching sessions, homework assignments, and online pitch competition and be offered to pre-vetted participants/teams and implemented based on CRDF Global Commercialization Pathfinder E-Learning platform (CPEL).  CPEL platform is based on technology entrepreneurship development curriculum developed by a team of professors from the MIT Sloan School of Management. virtual classroom lectures will be enhanced by the topic-specific webinars, such as Market Validation & Risk Assessment, Value Proposition & Business Model, Customer Acquisition & Retention, IP Strategies, including industry/niche related themes. All webinars and individual coaching sessions will be provided by internationally acclaimed practitioners of the respective area, such as serial entrepreneurs, early-stage investors, and sector specific subject matter experts (SMEs).

Program Partners: Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA); Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University; Ilia State University; Georgian Technical University.

Please note that Application Form must be submitted in English language to the following e-address: stepge@crdfglobal.org  

The submission deadline is EXTENDED through November 22, 2017 (18:00 Tbilisi Time)

 

The full version of the Program Announcement can be downloaded here

 

Application form can be downloaded here

 


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Science & Technology Entrepreneurship Program (STEP) Georgia

“Global Pivot to Success” (GPS) – Startup Competition

 

CRDF Global and Georgian Research and Development Foundation (GRDF) invite entrepreneurship & innovation professionals to apply to the “Science & Entrepreneurship Technology Professionals” (STEP) training and startup competition. The STEP is designed to assist emerging companies to refine their business development strategies and to connect budding entrepreneurs to local and international investors.  The STEP Georgia is made possible through grants from the United States Department of State.

Program Partner: Georgia’s Innovation and Technology Agency (GITA)

CRDF Global will provide GPS Travel Grants and/or Business Acceleration Awards.

The total value of all grants/awards combined: $30,000

 

For more information, please download the announcement and application form below: 

STEP Announcement (PDF)

Application Form

GPS Startup Competition Flyer

Please note that application form, pre-competition survey, and executive summary must be submitted in English language to the following e-address: stepge@crdfglobal.org

Deadline for Competition Registration is extended through: July 23, 2017 (18:00 Tbilisi Time)

 

 


 

 

 

Georgia Professional Development Mini-Scholarship Program

CRDF Global and the Georgian Research and Development Foundation (GRDF) are pleased to announce the Georgia Professional Development Mini-Scholarship Program, that provides the opportunity for the eligible Georgian biological scientists, researchers and experts, to apply for and receive the benefits of up to three memberships for the professional associations related to their field of employment/study. Eligible applicants include employees of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture (LMA), and the National Food Agency (NFA). Individuals currently enrolled in a graduate program (MD, MPH, MSc or PhD) focusing on epidemiology, biosafety, biosecurity, or infectious diseases in a Georgian university are also eligible to apply.

Selected applicants will be announced on a rolling basis starting in November 2016 and the competition may be open until 31 March, 2017, dependent upon the number of applications received. For more information, please download the announcement and application form below.

Submit completed application and accompanying document (applicant’s current Curriculum Vitae) to jskowera@crdfglobal.org

Mini Scholarships Application Form

 


2017 Georgia Biosciences Fellowship Program

Deadline: August 1, 2016 23:59 Eastern Time (EDT) 

CRDF Global and the Georgian Research and Development Foundation (GRDF) are pleased to announce the 2017 Georgia Biosciences Fellowship Program (GBFP). GBFP is a non-degree-seeking program that provides the opportunity for highly qualified Georgian biological scientists, researchers and experts at the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture (LMA), and the National Food Agency (NFA) to spend three to four months working alongside biological scientists, researchers and professionals at a U.S. university CRDF Global and GRDF will award up to three fellowships. During their fellowships, selected Georgian scientists, researchers, veterinarians, and epidemiologists will enrich their technical laboratory capabilities and develop valuable professional skills. The fellowship will combine technical training in biological sciences and collaborative biological research within a U.S. university. Upon return to Georgia, fellows will use newly acquired skills and knowledge to contribute to building infectious disease prevention, diagnostics, research, and surveillance and epidemiological reporting capacity in Georgia. The fellowship is open to early career researchers (graduate students in final year of program, post-doctoral fellows, and researchers within 5 years of their terminal degree) working at the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health (NCDC), Laboratory of the Ministry of Agriculture (LMA), and the National Food Agency (NFA), or affiliated laboratories within their institutional networks. Selection preference will be given to applicants in the biological sciences, either within the public health sector or animal health sector, who demonstrate current work and/or academic research experience with Select Agent pathogens. Applicants should also have clearly demonstrated experience with one or more of the following general areas:

  • Especially dangerous human, animal and zoonotic infectious diseases
  • Research focused on pathogens of security concern
  • Modern infectious disease diagnostic techniques
  • Epidemiological surveillance and reporting of especially dangerous infectious diseases of humans and animals
  • Application and institutionalization of internationally accepted principles and best practices of biosafety, biosecurity and bioethics
  • Application and institutionalization of One Health principles and approaches
  • Detection, diagnostics and reporting of especially dangerous infectious diseases caused by pathogens of security concern

Applicants must hold, at minimum, Bachelor of Science degree; applicants with Masters of Science or PhD degrees are preferred. For more information, please download the announcement and application form below: GBFP Application (PDF) Submit application and accompanying application documents to GBFP@crdfglobal.org  Please direct any questions regarding the Georgia Biosciences Fellowship Program to GBFP@crdfglobal.org

Applications should be submitted to GBFP@crdfglobal.org no later than August 1, 2016 23:59 Eastern Time (EDT)