Innovators

By combining its online platform with on-the-ground partners, GIST creates education and training opportunities for young innovators in more than 130 countries around the world by providing access to U.S. experts and through in-country entrepreneurship networks and support systems. 

Ecosystem Builders

Ecosystem Builders aim to bolster networking and entrepreneurial skills to build durable, long-term, supportive networks. The ultimate goal is to stimulate local entrepreneurial activity and ensure participants can grow their skills and scale their businesses together – both in their home country and through the GIST Network’s global connections.

Investors

GIST partners with in-country stakeholders in entrepreneurial ecosystems to bolster local financial support for startups. GIST is able to bring American investment experts to different regions around the world and provides an opportunity for in-country investors to learn how to create and sustain investor networks for entrepreneurs. 

Partners

Since 2011, GIST has partnered with the private sector to reach over 27 million innovation community members globally and has provided training for over 15,000 startups who have gone on to generate over $250 million in revenue.  This is done through competitions, startup trainings, and interactive online programs, implemented by AAAS and VentureWell. If you would like to explore partnership opportunities please contact Alexis Lennon.

Programs

The GIST Network is a public-private partnership created by the U.S. Department of State to give science and technology entrepreneurs access to needed resources and advice.

GIST TechConnects provides entrepreneurs around the world with direct access to leading U.S. experts from business and academia, but without the travel and other related costs.

Global Innovation in Science and Technology Initiative (GIST) is launching a new online program to help science and technology innovators to commercialize their innovation.

Innovation Hubs, or IHubs, are designed to build strong and vibrant networks of young science and technology entrepreneurs around the world.

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 partnerships with U.S. Embassies and in-country startup incubators, the GIST Masterclass Series brings U.S. experts in entrepreneurship to a specific country for face-to-face interactions with stakeholders.

GIST Startup Trainings 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.

The GIST Tech-I Competition is an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide.

The GIST Innovates program is a multi-component training program to provide innovators with the training, mentoring, and resources they need to bring their ideas out of the university lab and into the market.

News

In today's world, more innovators are answering the call to entrepreneurship than at any time previous. Here at GIST, we have heard countless stories from innovators around the world who doubted that they could be entrepreneurs, let alone successful ones.

In an event that spanned nearly every region of the globe, GIST brought to a close its first ever virtual edition of its Catalyst Pitch Competition.

 The world's top 25 innovators have concluded pitching their solutions in the GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition Semifinals. Over the course of three days and five exciting pitching events, innovators representing a variety of sectors and regions brought forward their visions for tomorrow’s solutions, today. 
Learning is a life-long process; it is essential to most endeavors, but particularly in innovation and entrepreneurship. Learning takes many forms, and happens in many ways over the course of an innovator's life and work, but at its best, is always built on a foundation of mentorship. Mentorship can mean and do many things to a variety of stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem.
GIST Catalyst Virtual Pitch Competition Semifinalists have been announced. This diverse and dynamic group of innovators is a great example of the GIST community's commitment to bring innovative solutions to the world's most pressing issues. We could not be more excited to welcome this group to compete at this elite level, to showcase their solutions, and to be part of something greater than themselves. 

The changes wrought by the pandemic have upended so much of the world and of how we conduct the business of innovation.

The dawn of the COVID Era has introduced new pressures on almost all aspects of society. These changes and shifts, as difficult as they have been for so many of us globally, present new challenges but also new opportunities to reconfigure and rediscover the process of innovation.

“Deep tech” is a phrase you’re going to be hearing more and more of in the coming decade, and it’s going to be more important than ever. But what exactly is it, and why should it matter? At its most simple, “deep tech” is used to describe novel technology that is based on substantial scientific or engineering challenges.
Eastern and Central Europe has become one of the most important regions for GIST to work in over the past decade. From our recent pre-accelerator training program, GIST Innovates Ukraine, our stellar Belarusian alumni's recent Series A funding, to our many Innovation Hubs throughout the region, we have been inspired by the incredible vision and ambition present in the young innovators in this space. Read on to find out why much of the future will be born in this exciting region.
There are numerous, cascading challenges that are affecting agriculture globally, with unique manifestations at the local and regional level. We can summarize these challenges succinctly as one, interrelated “triple challenge”-feeding a growing population, providing a livelihood for farmers, and protecting the environment –which must be tackled together if we are to make sustainable progress on any of them.

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. Read More.