About the Initiative
Innovation Hubs, or I-Hubs, are designed to build strong and vibrant networks of young science and technology entrepreneurs around the world.
The U.S. Department of State has recognized nine I-Hubs that will run until August 2018. The hubs are created in partnership with local startup incubators and are located in Jordan, Lebanon, Senegal, South Africa, Uganda, Peru, Tunisia, Macedonia and Liberia. For the participating incubators, I-Hub offers another avenue to support their entrepreneurs.
Through community-led groups, the I-Hubs aim to bolster networking and entrepreneurial skills to build durable, long-term, supportive networks. The ultimate goal of the initiative is to stimulate local entrepreneurial activity and ensure participants can grow their skills and scale their businesses together – both in their home country and through the GIST Network’s global connections.
The I-Hub initiative is implemented by GIST partner VentureWell.
The 2018 I-Hubs
GIST Innovation Hub Amman (Jordan) hosted by Oasis500
GIST Innovation Hub Beirut (Lebanon) hosted by Berytech
GIST Innovation Hub Dakar (Senegal) hosted by CTIC Dakar
GIST Innovation Hub Pretoria (South Africa) hosted by LeadAfrika
GIST Innovation Hub Kampala (Uganda)hosted by Innovation Village
GIST Innovation Hub Lima (Peru) hosted by UTEC Ventures
GIST Innovation Hub Skopje (Macedonia) hosted by Goldilocks State
GIST Innovation Hub Tunis (Tunisia) hosted by El Space
GIST Innovation Hub Monrovia (Liberai) hosted by YONER-Liberia
Each Innovation Hub will receive financial support as well as mentorship on how to organize meetups, maximize networking opportunities and engage members.
To learn more about the innovation hubs, click on the links at the right hand side of this page.
Photo Credit: The Innovation Village