GIST Startup Boot Camps empower young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs through on-the-ground training and mentoring delivered by top U.S. mentors and in-country partners. Training and mentorship combined with exposure and access to capital encourages entrepreneurs to confidently apply their skills to creating science and technology ventures.
GIST Boot Camps impact: Since 2011, GIST Boot Camps have trained 975 entrepreneurs from 26 countries, including more than 260 young women. As a result of GIST support, many participants have moved their ventures forward. At least two GIST Startup Boot Camp winners have exited their startups and others have incubated at Google’s startup accelerator in Silicon Valley and 1871’s entrepreneurial hub in Chicago.
GIST broadens perspectives: Gibs Song, Principal at Mane-Aquila Consulting, told West African entrepreneurs, "I am amazed at the ideas coming from here. I'm going to tell everyone back home what’s happening in Africa!" And, Kari Hanson, Startup Technology Advisor in Silicon Valley, announced at the Indonesia boot camp, "I was so impressed with the innovative ideas!"
Applications are now being accepted for the next Boot Camp in Amman, Jordan!
The deadline for applications is July 21, 2017.