GIST Community



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.


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. 


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.


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.

GIST Catalyst offers young STEM entrepreneurs the opportunity elevate their pitch and showcase their scale-up on a global stage, while receiving valuable startup training from American academics who are leaders in the field of entrepreneurship.

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.


Makers Without Borders is a monthly collaborative webinar with American Spaces Philippines along with different FAB LABs.

A startup that focuses on providing a digital solutions for distribution of aid is taking home the top prize at the GIST APEC Catalyst Pitch Competition in La Serena, Chile. 

Several statistics show that women-led business tend to have produced better performances.

ThermoNorth startup won a startup competition sponsored by BP Energy company in Azerbaijan and got business development support.

The team behind Qaleb Studio is excited to share that their sales for the period of January 2018 to July 2019 have exceeded $100,000.

Abbas Al Asmar, an experienced graphic designer on the project said, it would not have been possible without GIST's help.

After a year a year-long engagement with Angel Ventures (AV), a venture capital firm that launched the first multi-sector co-investment fund in Mexico, another GIST Investors Training came to a close in Mexico.

Box Synergy won first place in the Startup Training program for science and technology entrepreneurs from Argentina. The team won $2,000 USD.

Christina York, United States, was named the 2019 Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Catalyst pitch competition Grand Champion.

After a tight competition, 30 of the most advanced innovative startups of 2019 were selected as semifinalists to continue on with the 

The wait is over for the 75 startups who presented their pitches for the 2019 GIST Catalyst Pitch Competitio

Elevate Global took home first place in the 2019 GIST Regional Startup Training in North Macedonia. The team won $2,000 and a spot in the GIST Business Incubator program.  

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