What is GIST Business Incubation?

As a U.S. Department of State initiative, GIST's Business Incubation brings together the best science and technology innovators and American businesses to increase cross-market access and to create opportunities for collaboration. While in residence at an American incubator, entrepreneurs have opportunities to make connections with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and build business relationships for potential partners and investors. GIST Business Incubation also helps American businesses gain awareness of international entrepreneurs, innovations and markets.



The GIST Business Incubation Bhutan program represents a continuation of the GIST Initiative’s work in this exciting region, and part of our larger goal of fostering connections and working to help develop the future of Bhutanese innovation. 

For the 2022 Bhutan Business Incubation cohort, extraordinary experiences await at industry-leading incubators in the dynamic ecosystems of Atlanta and Washington D.C. Atlanta has become a significant hub for large corporations who have moved their headquarters to the city, as well as innovative young startups/ The city's growth and innovative identity in recent years have made it one of the country's best places to start a new business. While there, Bhutanese innovators will visit and learn from Atlanta’s best incubators, meet and learn firsthand from some of Atlanta’s most active innovators, and explore and learn from Atlanta’s unique startup culture. Some of these incredible opportunities are from world-leading universities, like Georgia Tech and Georgia State, as well as dynamic ecosystem builders like the Accenture Atlanta Innovation HubAtlanta Tech VillageThe Russell Center for Innovation, and The Farm Atlanta

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U.S. and Ukraine Unite Around Innovation in D.C.

Out of the forge of inordinate challenges comes a new era of connection between the innovation ecosystems of Ukraine and the United States. The GIST Initiative and the U.S. Department of State are proud to be a part of building this deeper connection and are working to support Ukrainian innovation as it builds a new, ever brighter future. 

Business Incubation Breaks New Ground

A cohort of founders from Bhutan is soon beginning their entrepreneurial journey in the United States, building experience and gaining insights that will take their ventures to the next level. 

Business Incubation Innovator Receives Highest Award

Business Incubation participant Alyona Glushko who spent three weeks at the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation in Phoenix, AZ, developed a novel innovation for heart safety.

Global Entrepreneurs Conclude Business Incubation Program

The GIST Business Incubation Showcase and Reception held on November 21 at the Halcyon incubator in Washington, D.C. included networking and pitches in front of investors and U.S. business experts. 

Behind the Scenes of the First GIST Business Incubation Program

Nearly 30 innovative science and technology entrepreneurs representing startups from emerging economies worked at 10 U.S.-based incubators to learn how to expand their businesses into the United States market. 

Ukrainian Innovation Rises to The Challenge

GIST has supported Ukrainian innovation across multiple fronts, including direct support of multiple Innovation Hubs spread throughout the country, as well as supporting Ukrainian innovators in attending global ecosystem events. 

Biz Inc Bhutan

Fall 2022 saw GIST bring four inspiring innovators from one of the U.S.'s top partners in Asia--Bhutan! GIST's work on the ground in Bhutan led to a 2-week incubation program that helped to solidify the U.S's commitment to promoting science and technology cooperation. Learn more.

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