GIST Startup Startup Trainingss 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 Startup Trainingss impact: Since 2011, GIST Startup Trainingss 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 Startup Trainings 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 Startup Training, "I was so impressed with the innovative ideas!"
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, November 2018
Alexandria, Egypt, November 2018
Brisbane, Australia, October 2018
Ho Chi Minh City, September 2016
Peru, August 2016
Senegal, April 2016
South Africa, April 2016
Tunisia, January 2016
Bogotá, Colombia, October 2015
Medellín, Colombia, October 2015
Mexico City, June 2015
Istanbul, February 2015
Colombia, December 2014
Morocco, October 2014
Bangladesh, May 2014
Indonesia, April 2014
Jordan, December 2013
East Africa, May 2013
Algeria, July 2012
West Africa, July 2012
Malaysia, April 2012
Indonesia, April 2012
Turkey, March 2012
Maghreb, January 2012
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.