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Past TechConnect Programs

April 30, 2019

Building a successful science and technology startup is challenging, even in the most developed startup ecosystems. For entrepreneurs who are not in these ecosystems – entrepreneurs who have limited access to capital, a strong network, government and industry support, or limited infrastructure – creating a startup is even more challenging.

February 14, 2019

Program Description Over the last several years, digital marketing has played an increasingly bigger role in the growth of a startup. Through digital marketing, startup are now able to reach their intended markets efficiently and directly. Marketing tools include search engine optimization,...

November 13, 2018

A critical challenge faced by science and technology startups across the globe is how to secure funding to sustain and scale their ventures. Throughout the life cycle of a science or technology startup, entrepreneurs will need different types of funding from different types of investors.

August 28, 2018

Are you an entrepreneur who wants to leverage your profits to have a positive impact in your community? Do you have an idea for a tech startup you think could earn you money while helping others?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, join a live webchat on Tuesday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m. EDT/15:00 UTC to learn how to run a profitable startup with a positive social impact.

July 12, 2018

Program Description Historically, investment in women-led startup has been low. But the paradigm is shifting by women investors actively financing women-led ventures. This gender-lens investing model is increasing access to resources and capital for women across the globe – increasing gender...

June 12, 2018

We are going through one of the biggest transformations in the history of entrepreneurship: The Fintech Revolution. Fintech, short for financial technology, is technology that delivers financial services. Innovations in blockchain, mobile technology, biometric data, machine learning and more, are making financial transactions easier, cheaper, faster and more secure.

May 8, 2018

A key to the success of every startup is maximizing resources while minimizing costs.  One tool that is proven to accomplish both is Cloud Computing.  Utilizing the cloud for data management and storage has several advantages, including scalability, affordability, and accessibility.  Cloud Computing has grown exponentially in the past decade, and is continually creating strategic advantages for startups capable of utilizing them.

April 17, 2018

You have built a great product and assembled a team, but you can’t start making sales until potential customers know about you. Marketing can be expensive, and talented public relations professionals can be difficult for a startup to recruit, which is why knowing how to get media attention for your startup is vital.

March 13, 2018

Effectively presenting – or “pitching” – your idea to an audience is imperative to your success. Whether you are pitching to an investor, engaging a potential customer, or recruiting a potential partner, you must be able to convey your ideas in a clear and concise manner. A good pitch takes more than strong public speaking skills, it requires an understanding of your audience and learning the art of negotiation – skills that must be worked on and continuously improved.

February 13, 2018

Building your business cost effectively does not mean you must go it alone.  What are the latest trends in this pared down, lean and mean approach to advancing your startup? How do you protect yourself if you self-finance, and how can do more with less? Learn how to leverage your most important resource, your network. And gain insight into methods veteran entrepreneurs use to manage when funding is limited.

February 7, 2018

Are you ready to launch your startup in Africa, but need some tips on how to get started? In this special TechConnect interactive webinar, an expert panel of entrepreneurs and investors will discuss important topics like finding funding, branding and marketing, partnerships, building your network, and more!

January 23, 2018

A growing body of research shows a direct link between the diversity of a startup’s staff and the economic performance of that startup. Diversity is something all entrepreneurs should make the time to consciously factor into the growth of their business. Research shows that diversity presented significant benefits, ranging from new market opportunities to an increased access to capital.

December 12, 2017

Gamification is the process of taking something – a website, an app, an online community – and using game play to motivate and engage customers, and keep them coming back for more. Businesses in the education, marketing, sales, energy and health sectors have used gamification to increase engagement, and many others can benefit from it too.

October 17, 2017

Your startup may offer a great product or service, but if you can't reach your target customer base, your startup is likely to fail. Effective branding and marketing is one of the many challenges early-stage startups face, largely due to limited resources and staff.  To survive and thrive, you must learn how to overcome those limitations and get your name out there. So how does a startup do that? Where does a startup even start with branding and marketing? These topics and more will be covered by an expert panel of speakers in the October TechConnect: “Getting your Name Out There: Branding and Marketing for Startups.”

September 12, 2017

The number of universities providing support for aspiring entrepreneurs is growing worldwide. In recent years, universities have invested heavily in programs that provide education and training, for both faculty and students, on how to commercialize ideas and inventions developed on and off campus. In particular, these resources have proven to be extremely beneficial to individuals in the science and technology sectors.

August 8, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) is quickly becoming more impactful in the lives of everyday people. Whether it is ordering household products, conducting internet searches, playing music, providing weather forecasts, or any of the other hundreds of purposes AI can serve, people are becoming increasingly dependent on it to assist them with to day-to-day activities. Entrepreneurs all over the world are also embracing the benefits AI can provide to their businesses by improving efficiency and making their products more user-friendly and accessible to consumers.

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.

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

May 10, 2016

Determining product market fit has been identified as a first step to building a successful venture, particularly as investors are increasingly attuned to whether a startup’s business model has evaluated whether there is a fit for the startup’s product to the market.

Featured Speakers: Steve Blank (Consulting Associate Professor at Stanford), Donna Harris (Co-founder of 1776), Blake Stevens (Sr. Associate at Harris & Harris Group), and Kerry Rupp (Strategy and Innovation Consultant)

February 9, 2016

Our expert panelists offer advice based on what they have found to be the most important initial steps when starting a venture.

Featured Speakers: AnnaMaria Konya (Founder and CEO of Equita Accelerator, and a Mentor-In-Residence at George Washington University), Jim Chung (Associate Vice President for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the George Washington University), Keeth Smart (Co-founder and C

November 17, 2015

The decision of how to fund your startup can have long lasting effects on your business. Should your startup bootstrap or seek venture funding? How can each of these methods effect the growth and profitability of your startup? How do you know what is best for the long term future of your business?

Featured Speakers: Ingrid Vanderveldt (EBW2020, Angel Investor), Dale Nirvani Pfeifer (GoodWorld, Bootstrapper), and Faysal Sohail (Presidio Partners, Venture Capitalist).

August 6, 2015

Growing a venture in Africa offers many unique opportunities and challenges. In this GIST TechConnect Africa: Best Practices for Growing Your Venture viewers engaged with leading African entrepreneurs from across the continent as they discussed best practices for technology venture development in Africa from the idea to the growth stage.

Featured Speakers: Preston L. James (Founder/Chairman of E3 Angel Network), Andrew Chikomba (Managing Consultant at GemWitts Enterprises), Cynthia Ndubuisi (CEO of KPC) and Marlise Montcho (Founder and President of FemTICDev).

June 9, 2015

This program explores how science and technology policies can help build an innovation ecosystem for entrepreneurs as well as illuminating lessons learned from failed innovation policies from around the world.

Featured Speakers: Cristina Fernandez (Leader at the Global Entrepreneurship Network), Anita J. LaSalle (Program Director at the National Science Foundation), and Firas BenAchour (Founding member of the Tunisian American Young Professionals).

March 9, 2015

Can mentorship steer you towards new skills that will elevate your career? Or do you have leadership experience to lend to an emerging professional?

Featured Speakers: Jim Bagnola (Executive coach, corporate educator, and President of The Leadership Group) and Sridhar Iyengar (Founder of Misfit Wearables)

November 14, 2014

In this GIST TechConnect, Ovidiu Bujorean and Rich Barton, co-founder and Chairman of Zillow and Glassdoor, discuss disruptive entrepreneurship one-on-one.

Featured Speakers: Rich Barton (Co-founder & Chairman, Zillow and Glassdoor).

September 17, 2014

In this TechConnect, the panel discusses what it takes to bring new products from laboratories to market.

Featured Speakers: Dr. Michael Koeris (Co-founder & COO, Sample6) and Dr. Jill S. Becker (Chief Experience Officer (CXO) & Founder, 02139 Inc.)

April 16, 2014

How can you leverage both social and traditional media to build visibility and attract customers, partners, and potential investors for your venture?

Featured Speakers: Mark Roberge (Chief Revenue Officer, Hubspot), Dragos Ilinca (Co-Founder & VP of Marketing, uberVU), and Shaherose Charania (Co-Founder & CEO, Women 2.0)

January 29, 2014

A panel of guest speakers will introduce viewers to the concept of crowdsourcing, walk them through crowdsourcing platforms and discuss effective strategies for using these tools to raise capital.

Featured Speakers: Jason Best (Co-Founder, Crowdfund Capital Advisors), Luan Cox (Co-Founder & CEO, Crowdnetic), Amr Saleh (Co-Founder & CEO, Integreight), and Karen Kerrigan (President & CEO, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council)

November 18, 2013

The fifth GIST TechConnect webchat discusses how to network and generate sales for your startup!

Featured Speakers: Lanre Akinola (Editor, This is Africa and Financial Times), Yafi(Founder & CEO of TidWit Inc.), and Chris Schroeder (CEO-in-waiting, Former CEO of

September 18, 2013

This edition of GIST TechConnect focuses on Raising Capital -- getting the funding you need to grow your business.

Featured Speakers: Brad Feld (Foundry Group Managing Director), Shari Loessberg (Advisory Board Member at Accion USA), Hooman Radfar (Founder and Chairman of AddThis) and Amir Alexander Hasson (Founder of United Villages).

May 13, 2013

Learn about “bootstrapping”—how to advance your venture to the next level via a cost-efficient and network-oriented method.

Featured Speakers: Shari Loessberg (Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management), Raj Kumar (Founder and President of Devex), and Dr. Susan Amat (Co-Founder of the Launch Pad)

March 5, 2013

A webchat on ideation—the creative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas and turning them into profitable and impactful ventures!

Featured Speakers: Jeff Hoffman (Co-founder & Former CEO,, GIST Advisory Group Member), Nolan Bushnell (Founder of Atari, Inc., Chuck E. Cheese, & Brainrush), and Magid Abraham (Co-Founder & CEO of comScore Inc.)

October 2, 2012

In this TechConnect, Pakistani entrepreneurs share their inspiring stories.

Featured Speakers: Jeff Hoffman (CEO and Founder of Color Jar, Co-Founder of, Faysal Sohail (US-Pakistani Venture Capitalist, CMEA Capital), and Matt Cooper (Vice President of Operations, oDesk)

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

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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)