Oct 24,2012

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GIST Transformers visit Silicon Valley – November 2012 saw the group of 16 “GIST Transformers,” competitively chosen entrepreneurs from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, on tour in preparation for President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Dubai.  In partnership with the US State Department, CRDF Global, and the Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) programs, we hosted the group for an unforgettable night at new Silicon Valley incubator NestGSV. Three of the Middle East’s brightest young entrepreneurs – Perihan Abou Zeid, CoFounder, Qabila Media; Ziad Sankari, CEO, Cardio Diagnostics; and Hind Hobeika, Founder, CEO & Lead Engineer, Butterfleye – captivated the audience and engaged investors as they presented their pitches. Members can watch full video of the event above!  Not a member?  Join here!


3:30 PM Demo Entrepreneurs pitch their ventures and provide materials
4:30 PM Panel Discussion and Pitches
Dr. Ossama Hassanein, Chairman, TechWadi;
Harry G. Harris, President, HealthCare CaliforniaPitches: Perihan Abou Zeid, Qabila; Ziad Sankari, CardioDiagnostics; Hind Hobeika, Butterfleye

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Qabila Media produces Arabic content in the form engaging online civic education videos. CoFounder Perihan Abou Zeid was winner of the “Best Female Entrepreneur” Award at the 2012 MIT Arab Business Plan Competition.  Check out a video explaining Qabila here!

CardioDiagnostics is the first supplier of mobile cardiac telemetry solutions in the MENA region. They provide patients with 24/7 cardiac monitoring. Check out Ziad explaining his company here!

Butterfleye makes swim goggles that feature the first waterproof heart rate monitor with real-time visual feedback. Butterfleye was the winner of the 2012 MIT Arab Business Plan Competition. Check out a video of Hind’s TED Audition here!

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