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GIST Regional Startup Training Central Asia

Tashkent, Uzbekistan | November 13-16, 2018



The U.S. Department of State's Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative is pleased to announce a Startup Training program for science and technology entrepreneurs from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. This program, presented with implementation partner VentureWell and in-country partner C.A.T. Science Accelerator, is designed to empower these young innovators through on-the-ground training and mentoring to build and grow their startups.

Participants will spend four days honing their business ideas, perfecting their pitches, and showcasing their innovations during a Demo Day in front of business leaders, investors, and policymakers from around the region. These entrepreneurs will come away from the program with the skills and tools to develop their business models and grow their ventures.    


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

  • Only teams from Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan or Kyrgyzstan 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.


Note: Participants from out of the area will 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].


The GIST Regional Startup Training Central Asia is a featured event of Global Entrepreneurship Week. From November 12-18, 9 million people in 170 countries will take part in 35,000 events, activities and competitions that help make it possible for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.

About C.A.T. Science Accelerator:

C.A.T. Science Accelerator is the first accelerator in Uzbekistan for scientific projects and the commercialization of scientific developments. They work to establish a connection between science development projects and established businesses.  Entrepreneurs can participate in the accelerator for free and are provided with mentorship, training and links to investment opportunities. 

About VentureWell:

VentureWell is a nonprofit organization that supports the creation of new ventures from an emerging generation of science and technology founders. VentureWell does this by supporting the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that are critical to the success of these founders.