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GIST Innovation Hubs

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 eight 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 and Macedonia. 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 Johannesburg (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

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