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GIST Boot Camps

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 and access to capital encourages 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!"

 

Application submission for the next Boot Camp in Amman, Jordan will begin Friday 30 June!

 

 

 

Previous GIST Boot Camps

Ho Chi Minh City, September 2016
1st:
2nd:
Spirit of GIST Award:

 

 

Peru, August 2016
1st: Sinba
2nd: Mamas del Rio
Spirit of GIST Award: PATS

 

 

Senegal, April 2016
1st: Tuniar
2nd: Souclou Online
Spirit of GIST Award: Starlight
 

 

 

South Africa, April 2016
1st: EcoAct Tanzania
2nd: Pad Heaven
Spirit of GIST Award: Green Malasha
 

 

 

Tunisia, January 2016
1st: Omnia
2nd: EasyTroc
Spirit of GIST Award: LYCO
 

 

 

Bogotá, Colombia, October 2015
1st: BioSurfactants
2nd: DIGITI UD
Spirit of GIST Award: EnMochila
Outstanding Female Entrepreneur: Andrea Carolina Buitrago (EnMochila)
 

 

 

Medellín, Colombia, October 2015
1st: OMI Recirculating Shower
2nd: L'Organique
Spirit of GIST Award: Pymes Control
Outstanding Female Entrepreneur: Carolina Hernandez (WHAM)
 

 

 

Mexico City, June 2015
2nd: Virtual Hospital Mexico
 

 

 

Istanbul, February 2015
1st: RobArch
Most interviews: N2Z

 

 

Colombia, December 2014
Morocco, October 2014
1st: DabaDoc
2nd: Chifco
3rd: Together We Make Power

 

 

Bangladesh, May 2014
2nd: Panacea
3rd: CityScope

 

 

Indonesia, April 2014
1st: DreamBender
2nd: eFishery
3rd: Growbox

 

 

Jordan, December 2013
1st: Aqar-Estate
2nd: MadFoo3at
3rd: Dardasa
Honorable Mentions: Little Thinking Minds and Ekeif.com

 

 

East Africa, May 2013
1st: Safari Yetu
2nd: AIM Vault
3rd: iProcure
Best Female Entrepreneur: Kate Kiguru, Akida

 

 

Algeria, July 2012
1st: SmellNet
2nd: iPadian
3rd: Lyes Belhocine

 

 

West Africa, July 2012
1st: Amarante
2nd: Mlouma
3rd: eeZydeel

 

 

Malaysia, April 2012
1st: PiktoChart
2nd: OctoApp
3rd: SecQme
Honorable Mentions: Voucheres; special prize to Melvin Wong, FanXT

 

 

Indonesia, April 2012
1st: T-Files
2nd: Budi Mixed Farming
3rd: PT Dyna Energy
Honorable Mention: Dwarapala

 

 

Turkey, March 2012
1st: Sutech
Honorable Mention: Gonnasphere
Program, Mentors, and Participants not Available

 

 

 

Maghreb, January 2012
Although pitching took place, no competition was in place. The purpose was to give feedback.

 

 

 

 

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.