GIST Investors Colombia


Today, Medellin, Colombia is becoming a powerhouse for innovation in South America. Medellin, the second largest city in Colombia, was named the most innovative city in the world in 2013 by the Wall Street Journal and Citibank. The city was also host to the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Congress, an international entrepreneurship gathering of entrepreneurs, policymakers and ecosystem leaders.

Since 2014, GIST has been working with Colombian innovators through its GIST Startup Trainings program. The program supports young founders through skills building, networking and mentorship. Three years later, GIST took its support of the Colombian startup ecosystem one step further, launching the first GIST Investors program in Medellin.
The GIST Investors program in Colombia was be conducted in partnership with Ruta N, a local incubator and innovation driving force in Medellin.

About Ruta N

"We are the center of innovation and business in Medellín."

Ruta N develops different programs and services to facilitate the economic evolution of Medellin, Colombia, towards intensive business in science, technology and innovation, in an inclusive and sustainable way. In this way, Ruta N seeks to articulate and energize Medellin's innovation ecosystem, emphasizing four key ingredients:

  • The formation of talent
  • Access to capital
  • The generation of the necessary infrastructure 
  • The development of innovative businesses. 

Through these four key ingredients, Ruta N promotes an innovative culture, the generation of employment, the strengthening of institutions, the training of talent and access to markets.

To learn more about Ruta N, click here.

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