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March 10, 2017

What do you have in common with a Silicon Valley entrepreneur? Advice for entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley doesn’t always work for entrepreneurs in emerging-market countries, like those in the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative. Emerging-market entrepreneurs face unique challenges in business ecosystems that are very different from those in the United States. Join our next GIST Guru webchat on March [email protected]:00UTC. Gurus Habib Haddad and Elmira Bayrasli will discuss the unique challenges facing emerging market entrepreneurs like you, and teach you strategies to overcome them!

February 12, 2017

Running a startup can be a lonely affair. In the last decade, thousands of incubators and accelerators have sprung up globally to provide a place where startups can co-locate, network with peers and mentors, and possibly receive investment.

Learn the difference between incubators and accelerators. Understand how you can know if your startup will benefit from an incubator or accelerator, and learn how to choose wisely. Explore the benefits and pitfalls of leaving your home country to join an incubator or accelerator in another country.

January 13, 2017

To be successful, a new startup must use its resources wisely. Determining the most efficient use of resources can sometimes be hard. Fortunately, there are two frameworks entrepreneurs can use to help them:  The Lean Methodology and the Agile Approach.

December 13, 2016

Publicly available or Open Government Data is a major business resource - free of charge - that entrepreneurs around the world are using to establish new businesses, refine business strategies, and accelerate the pace of research and development. Valued at over 3 trillion USD, this data is...

September 20, 2016

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Participa con nosotros en la próxima charla interactiva titulada “En busca de capital en América Latina”, una conversación dirigida por Agostinho Almeida, un gerente de inversiones en Medellín (Colombia). Identificar y asegurar capital para tu emprendimiento de ciencia y tecnología es un desafío universal. El entorno único de América Latina en cuanto a la financiación puede hacer particularmente difícil identificar el capital de inversiones y ser tomado en cuenta por los inversionistas. Almeida y el moderador Richard Boly se referirán al actual panorama para las inversiones y hablarán sobre las mejores prácticas, ideas y consejos para los emprendedores que tratan de tener éxito en toda América Latina. Plantea tus preguntas en vivo y aprende cómo encontrar el capital para de riesgo para tu emprendimiento.

Featured Speakers: Dr. Agostinho Almeida, Richard Boly

July 12, 2016

David Rose, CEO of Gust, presented key lessons from his latest best-selling book 25 Steps to a Scalable, High-Growth Business during the GIST Guru broadcast.

June 21, 2016

We highlight practical advice from Jeff Hoffman and Oltac Unsal on how entrepreneurs can perfect their pitch to investors and partners.

Featured Speakers: Jeff Hoffman and Oltac Unsal

April 12, 2016

On April 12, GIST Guru Series presentation, “Success Factors for Entrepreneurial Ventures,” with Stanford University’s Chuck Eesley discussed online entrepreneurship education resources and share data on entrepreneurship he has gathered through his research.

Featured Speakers: Chuck Eesley (Assistant Professor at Stanford Technology Ventures Program)

March 8, 2016

On March 8, Anthony Nunez, President and CEO of Infamous Robotics LLC conducted a GIST Guru Webchat to share his expertise.

Featured Speakers: Anthony Nunez (President and CEO of Infamous Robotics LLC)

January 12, 2016

CEO of Pacific Cynthia Traeger shared her entrepreneurial expertise and answered questions live January 12, 2016.

Featured Speakers: Cynthia Traeger (CEO of Pacific)


June 20, 2017

Startups in the science and technology space represent an opportunity for exciting innovations to transfer from just a “cool invention” to a life-changing solution for customers. However, quite often founders are not able to bring their capital-intensive product to market without financing from early-stage investors, such as Angels.

May 8, 2017

What is a blockchain and why is it called a technological revolution that entrepreneurs need to know about? How can any entrepreneur start using blockchain for his or her startup?  Get answers on May 9 at 11:00am EDT/ 1500 UTC.  You’ll learn about this unique system of transactions that is decentralized, secure, and free - which means business like yours can profit!

April 3, 2017

While entrepreneurs can be found in every country, some startup ecosystems are thriving more than others. An entrepreneur needs a network of supportive people and resources to maximize his or her chances of success because, as we learned in the last TechConnect, failure is highly common in the startup world.

November 15, 2016

The path to success isn’t without challenges – or failure. However, the reality is that not every startup will be successful at first attempt. In fact, most early-stage ventures experience game-changing setbacks. It’s easy for entrepreneurs to become discouraged and give up on their ventures when they fail. Experienced entrepreneurs know that failure provides many valuable learning opportunities and a clearer perspective of a path to success.

Join us for our next TechConnect, Failing Forward: Using Setbacks to Drive Success where a panel of experts will discuss how to:

-       Use failure as a learning opportunity

-       Balance risk taking and failure

-       Develop resilience after a setback

-       Address different cultural norms around failure

-       Restore an investor’s trust after you’ve failed

August 9, 2016

The concept of disruptive innovation has captured the attention of entrepreneurs and investors. But what does it mean? How can startups employ the concept to standout in the marketplace? Tune in to the next TechConnect “Disruptive Innovations: Making Competition Irrelevant” to learn:...

Featured Speakers: Shintaro Kaido, Duygu Oktem, Hemai Parthasarathy, and Eli Velasquez