Empowering Pacific Island Innovators: GIST Startup Training and Investor Forum Ignites Tech Entrepreneurship
In a landmark event held between October 31 and November 3, the GIST Startup Training and Investment Forum: Pacific Islands brought together a vibrant community of innovators, investors, and experts to foster science and technology entrepreneurship in the region. The 4-day program, marked by intensive training and networking, was an entirely new kind of experience, not only for our Initiative but for everyone who participated.
This was a new frontier, not only in working to reach an underinvested region, but in the sheer energy that this community brings to fostering a science and technology future where local solutions can be pitted against local challenges–and succeed. We were inspired by the way these innovators crafted solutions that capitalized on their unique perspectives and knowledge, by and for their communities first, weaving together social impact with solid business acumen. We were equally impressed by the investor community, one which has a growing interest and hunger for local innovation, and an inspiring vision for funding solutions that work for the communities they share.
Together, these two halves conjoined in a moment that broke down barriers and built a new foundation for continued collaboration and growth.
In each and every program we host, we hope to be able to foster lasting connections between members of the regional innovation ecosystem we’re in, and this program exceeded even our greatest expectations in that desire. Not only is this community continuing to work together and building on the new relationships and friendships they made, we are already seeing the fruits of this deepened collaboration in new partnerships, coupled with serious investments and dealmaking–milestones we hope to see in every program. Seeing these incredible accomplishments and connections already beginning to foment, we can’t wait to see what’s next and what this inspiring community continues to create.