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About GIST

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The U. S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative empowers young innovators through networking, skills building, mentoring, and access to financing to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges.

 

Since 2011, GIST has engaged with science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs in 135 emerging economies around the world, providing training and resources to help them build successful startups. This is done through competitions, startup boot camps, and interactive online programs, implemented by VentureWell and AAAS.

GIST Programs

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  • GIST Tech-I

    An annual competition that attracts the most promising entrepreneurs from emerging economies. Online public voting and entrepreneurship experts decide who competes in the Tech-I Finals, a highly anticipated event at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit.

  • GIST Online

    Provides in-country entrepreneurs with direct access to leading U.S. talent from business and academia, but without the travel and event costs. Young science and technology entrepreneurs across the globe engage with experts and the larger GIST community proving that innovation and entrepreneurship have no boundaries in today’s global marketplace.

  • GIST Boot Camps

    On-the-ground training and mentorship to promote in-country entrepreneurship networks, develop local role models, and strengthen innovation ecosystems.

GIST Partners

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Kauffman Foundation
Founder Institute
Gust
GSVlabs
NovoEd
Ponscio
Stanford Technology Ventures Program
TechWadi
U.S. Department of State
VentureWell
 

Testimonials

  • “We believe entrepreneurs can create jobs that fortify relationships between countries, build global markets, and help fulfill the dreams of all who desire the freedom to make of their lives what they will.”

    Obama

    Barack Obama

    President of the United States

  • “Nermin, Tonee and Saimum all belong to a program that was born from President Obama’s call to action in Cairo. It’s called Global Innovation through Science and Technology. And these young people embody the President’s famous affirmation that anything is possible: 'Yes, we can!’"

    Kerry

    John Kerry

    Secretary of State, U.S. State Department

  • “I’ve had the pleasure of meeting young entrepreneurs from all corners of the globe, and the raw energy and creativity coming out of GIST was terrific. When we unleash entrepreneurial minds to explore and seize the world’s opportunities, magic can happen.”

    Barton

    Rich Barton

    Co-founder and Chairman of Zillow and Glassdoor