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 to American businesses and access to capital encourage 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!"
Ho Chi Minh City, September 2016
The Global Innovation through Science & Technology (GIST) initiative operates at the intersection of science & technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to empower individual innovators and to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems. GIST equips young men and women with the skills they need to be successful entrepreneurs and leaders who turn their ideas into new ventures that transform their communities.