GIST Community

 

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

Diversity can mean a lot of things, but at the end of the day, it’s really about creating a space where different voices can contribute to making a better whole. Creating spaces where people from all sorts of perspectives can make meaningful contributions isn’t just good for you and your co-workers; it can be an incredible asset to your business. What are some of these assets, and how can you make the most of them?

StringersHub is a marketplace that connects stringers and news media buyers with real-time and viral video content from all around the world.

At some point during their entrepreneurial journey, an innovator will need to seek investment in order to move their solution forward. Investment can take many forms from self-funding, to crowdfunding, to venture capital, to angel capital. Knowing the difference between them, and when to use them or to refuse them, allows an entrepreneur to find the funding that best fits their venture’s needs. We’ve put these steps together from our industry experts for you to understand and be prepared for investment in your startup.
Thanks to a partnership between the U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative, iHUb Bhutan, the Loden Foundation, and the Bhutan Foundation, seventeen Bhutanese innovators will begin work this month toward realizing their dream of starting and scaling their business.
GIST sat down with Juliana Garaizar of Greentown labs to discuss the role that ecosystem building and corporate partnerships have in supporting cleantech solutions.
Blockchain is a relatively new tool that has made headlines in recent years as a way to create highly secure online databases. In this interview we discuss how it works and when to use it for your startup.
In this Q&A with Berytech's Elias Nicolas we explore ecosystem building, accelerator programs, and how innovators can prepare themselves for entering the cleantech field.

Wherever you are in your entrepreneurial journey, from just startin

Finding the right resources before you commit yourself to a startup can make the difference between success and failure. The most recent GIST TechConnect: Building a Startup From the Ground Up provides unique perspectives on the steps early-stage innovators take when building their startups.
Oceanori took the top prize at the GIST APEC Startup Training in Brisbane, Australia in 2018. The intensive training program brought startup teams from APEC countries to improve their business ideas, perfect their pitches, and showcase their innovations in front of business leaders, policymakers, academics, and chief science advisors from around the world.  This conversation between Oceanori’s Dr. Rahinah Ibrahim and GIST Innovation Hub program lead Drona Dewi was conducted March 17, 2021 and was edited for clarity. 
Being a founder presents certain obstacles no matter who you are. But women founders have unique challenges that make their path even more complex. In these tips from our innovation experts we provide resources to some of the issues we see repeatedly in our trainings. Issues that women founders face but that don’t need to prevent them from finding success.

In this episode of GIST Innovation Talks we explore Social Innovation with innovator and ecosystem builder, Kasia Weina of Evergreen Labs.

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