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GIST Regional Startup Training Caucasus

Tbilisi, Georgia | April 20 - 23, 2019


The Competition

The U.S. Department of State's Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative is excited to announce a program to support and train teams of science and technology entrepreneurs from the countries of Georgia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia. The program will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia with implementation partner VentureWell and in country partner Impact Hub Tbilisi.

The GIST Regional Startup Training Caucasus will provide science and technology entrepreneurs with the skills they need to further support their leap into entrepreneurship and grow their businesses. To learn these skills, select science and technology entrepreneurs will spend four days in intensive training to help improve their business ideas, perfect their pitch, and showcase their innovations during a Demo Day in front of business leaders, policymakers, academics, and chief science advisors and equivalents from around the region.

For this in-country GIST Regional Startup Training, there will be a specific focus on teams that meet the following requirements:

  • Only teams from Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan are eligible to apply;
  • Only two members are allowed for each team;
  • Both team members must be between the ages of 18 – 40;
  • The startup or idea must have a focus on science and technology.


You will also need the following information and documents to apply:

  • Basic information about your startup – including customer base and goals;
  • Basic information about your startup’s funding;
  • Your past program participation, whether it was with GIST or another organization;
  • Passport information for you and your team members

How to Apply

1) Click on the APPLY button below to begin your application. If you are not already logged into your GIST Network account, you will be asked to do so. If you do not have a GIST Network, you will be asked to make one in order to proceed to the application.

2) Once logged in, the system will automatically move you to the application page.

3) Please fill out every section of the form before saving your application. This application will take between 10 and 15 minutes to complete.

4) If you choose to make changes to your application, you can access it from the dashboard on your GIST Network profile. You are allowed to make changes to your submission until the application deadline.

If you are creating your GIST Network account through this application, you will need click on a confirmation link that will be emailed to you. If you do not, your application will not be submitted on the application deadline. If you do not receive a confirmation email, please contact [email protected] or message us on the GIST Facebook page.



Note: Participants from out of the area may receive support to travel to this startup training.

If you have specific questions about your eligibility, or about your application submission, please contact us via email at [email protected].


About Impact Hub Tbilisi:
Impact Hub Tbilisi is a professional membership organization dedicated to individuals, enterprises, start-ups, and organizations making a positive impact in Georgia. Members benefit from an inspiring space, professional support and a diverse community.


About VentureWell:
VentureWell is a non-profit organization that supports the creation of new ventures from an emerging generation of science and technology inventors and supports the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that are critical to their success.


Photo Credit for Picture in Promotional Banner: Vadim Klochko | Flickr