(from left)ArjitSarker,Director, India Operations, Google,(third from left)Ajaita Shah who won GIST Catalyst pitch competition, (second from right) Amir Jariwala,co-founder and director of Karma Recycling,(far right) Elizabeth Gore, the Entrepreneur in Residence at Dell, along with other sponsors.
(from left)ArjitSarker,Director, India Operations, Google,(third from left)Ajaita Shah who won GIST Catalyst pitch competition, (second from right) Amir Jariwala,co-founder and director of Karma Recycling,(far right) Elizabeth Gore, the Entrepreneur in Residence at Dell, along with other sponsors.

Hyderabad: India’s Ajaita Shah, founder of Frontier Markets, emerged as the winner of the 2017 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Catalyst pitch competition Grand Champion during the plenary of the 2017 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) here on Thursday. 

Her six-year-old startup provides last mile distribution solution for energy products with a focus on solar technology that empowers women. Frontier Markets gives women the tools they need to teach their communities about the benefits of solar power and sell solar products in Rajasthan. She is looking to expand the operations to other states. 

As the Grand Champion, Shah will receive $50,000 in Amazon Web Services credits, a Dell laptop computer, admission to the 2018 Circular Summit from Alice, an exclusive virtual mentoring session with an Amazon Executive, $100,000 in Google Cloud credits, an interview for Inc.

Magazine by Elizabeth Gore, Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Chairman of the Board of Alice, admission to the 2018 Circular Board Accelerator cohort from Alice, and will be designated the Cognizant Genesis Award Winner and receive $2,000 in cash, courtesy of Cognizant.

Jainesha Sinha, founder of another Indian startupGyanDhan, Fiona Edwards Murphy, founder of Ireland-based ApisProtect, Vaishali Neotia, founder of Merxius Software from India, made to the finals for the GIST Catalyst pitch competition.

As finalists, they will receive $10,000 in Amazon Web Services credits, a Dell laptop computer, a Circular Summit scholarship from Alice, and $100,000 in Google Cloud credits. 

The GIST Initiative works to empower and strengthen science and technology entrepreneurs around the world through online and in-country programming and partnerships.


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