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GIST Investors

November 14, 2017

As a complement to the Smart Capital event, you are invited to the GIST Investor Mobilization Training (GIST Investors) on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Plaza Mayor - Salon A. GIST Investors is a public-private partnership with the U.S. State Department, private businesses, academic institutions and international organizations. GIST Investors will work with Colombian investors to create sustainable investment networks and strengthen existing investing communities. The year-long program includes in-country training for investors and will help strengthen the financial resources available to early-stage startups in science and technology.

Attend this kickoff event to learn how to invest in early stage science and technology startups and also meet like-minded investors. 


  • U.S. Department of State Official, TBA
  • Christopher Rivers, Foreign Affairs Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Ramphis Castro, ScienceVest
  • Rhys Williams, Angel Resource Institute
  • Gwen Edwards, Angel Resource Institute
  • Patricia Saenz, Mountain Nazca
  • Andres Cadavid, Taurus Capital
  • Heath Naquin, VentureWell
  • Eli Velasquez, VentureWell
  • Christina Tamer, VentureWell


AGENDA AT A GLANCE:  Download Agenda

REGISTER HERE: GIST Investor Training


About GIST Investors:

Early-stage investment is one of the key elements that help a startup grow from a small, local enterprise into a source of innovation, employment and economic growth. This is particularly true in emerging economies, where local investment networks struggle to support science and technology startups.

In order to create sustainable investment networks, the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative has created the Investor Mobilization Training program (GIST Investors). Through implementation partner VentureWell, GIST Investors will work with in-country stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to bolster local financial support for startups.

Rather than building new networks, GIST Investors will focus on existing investor communities and networks in order to provide local support for startups. The program identifies key investors within a country or region who can benefit from participating in the training program. As part of their training, these investors will learn how they can strengthen the local systems in place that foster entrepreneurs.

Photo Credit: Flickr | Hamza





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