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GIE’s Digital Pitch Contest helped propel global development innovations to the next level by helping social entrepreneurs perfect their fundraising pitch to secure their next round of funding and improving their innovation pages that help them get in front of funders and other partners. The grand prize worth US$15,000 included: storytelling advisory and production of a short promotional video by Vivid Story, and three hours of personalized pitch coaching by the renowned Nathan Gold. The winner, as well as four finalists, also received free access to the CASE Smart Impact Capital toolkit from Duke University.
"I thought I knew how to convey/pitch our innovation until the Demo Coach, Nathan Gold, started his work on me," says Jean Onyait of Akellobanker. "I have since become articulate in communicating our innovation to different audiences. The Video from Vivid Story will enable us to share our story with millions of people and drive resources to enable us to further push for impact across different locations in Uganda & Africa."
Not just another contest
This three-month experience gave all participants access to:
Bringing exposure and new opportunities for global innovations
This campaign was part of GIE’s goal to support global development innovations on the platform by bringing them new opportunities that help them get in front of funders and other potential scaling partners. All participants are featured on the global database, where they can be discovered well beyond the three-month duration of the contest. In 2018, GIE also partnered with the UN on two events, the Science, Technology & Innovation Forum, and Solutions Summit, to select innovations to be featured at the event. GIE plans to continue these efforts through new initiatives such as Innovation Finder, a service for funders and investors providing them a short list of innovations from the database for their consideration.
About Global Innovation Exchange
Global Innovation Exchange (GIE) is a global development tech platform for innovations, funding and insights. The database of close to 10,000 innovations, $500 million+ of cumulative funding, and $1.3 billion+ of past funding history serves as a fundraising resource for social entrepreneurs in low- and middle-income countries as well as a source of innovation information for the entire global development ecosystem. GIE is supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Australian Department of Foreign Assistance and Trade (Australian Aid), the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and managed by Results for Development. www.globalinnovationexchange.org
About Results for Development
Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too. For more information, visit our website at: www.r4d.org.