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GIST Boot Camp Helps Jordanian Entrepreneurs Start, Grow

June 29, 2017

The GIST initiative understands entrepreneurs need resources and support to succeed, and through online programs and boot camp workshops, innovators have the opportunity to learn how to turn their business ideas into a successful venture. GIST will work with entrepreneurs from Jordan during the next Startup Boot Camp in Amman which will run August 26 - 29.

The Startup Boot Camps support science and technology startups through hands-on mentorship, training activities and information on funding, led by U.S. and local entrepreneurs and investors.

The teams will have hands-on training during the four-day boot camp, learning about lean startups, customer development, value propositions and much more. Teams are now able to apply for the boot camp, and the top applicants will explore how to make their innovation succeed in a global marketplace, present their ideas to the public, as well as compete for prizes.

The ideal GIST Startup Boot Camp team will consist of two team members, ages 18 to 40 years old – including one inventor or entrepreneurial lead, and one business or management lead. Each team must be willing to pursue their technology-based innovation for commercialization into the market.

The keynote speaker will be Nina Vaca, chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group – who took Pinnacle Group from a niche IT services firm to the workforce solutions powerhouse it is today. Vaca advocates passionately for women and entrepreneurs, and works to advance girls and women in STEM fields.


Heath Naquin:

Vice President of Strategic Development, Venturewell.

Having worked in more than 40 countries over the last 20 years, Heath is an expert in strategic planning and development of companies and organizations globally. He has also spent the last 10 years working extensively with government organizations, private equity and venture capital, angel groups, university ecosystems and foundations to design, implement and execute on new activities targeted at harnessing entrepreneurial and innovation potential for economic growth.


Chris DeNoia:

Consultant, CD LLC

Chris DeNoia has a passion for building great products and sales teams. As a consultant for CD LLC, DeNoia works to add value to startups, incubators, accelerators and large companies through lean startup instruction (workshops, boot camps, large cohorts), digital health strategies and product/go to market strategic consulting (sales, business development, product, and fundraising).


Ayse Zamboglu:

Mentor in Resident, Venturewell

Ayse Zamboglu is a mentor and advisor to startups with areas of expertise in product development, assessing technologies for commercial viability, building partnerships, program/project management, product-market fit analysis and angel investing.

To learn more about the boot camp, visit Applications will close July 28.

Photo credit: Flickr | Yuwen Memon