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.


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.

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.

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).

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.


FAB LAB Mindanao provides a venue for science and technology entrepreneurs to develop prototypes for their startups using state-of-the-art technology.

The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative,  is launching its second GIST Investors Mobilization Training program (GIST Investors) for Malaysia in April 2019.


A biotech startup from Uzbekistan is taking home the top prize at the GIST Regional Startup Training Central Asia Demo Day. With this win, GIST is highlighting the innovation in science and technology that is emerging in Central Asia.


A startup that makes science easier to understand has taken the top prize at the GIST Startup Training in Alexandria, Egypt. Along with valuable training, the team will also receive seed capital to help their startup grow.

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce that Amazon Web Services (AWS) will provide more than $200,000 worth of AWS credits for the upcoming GIST Tech-I competition finals.


The GIST Investors Training Program in Colombia, known as GIST Investors Colombia, has completed its year-long training for angel investors in the country.


One way entrepreneurs can scale successfully is by looking at their business from a global perspective – even if a startup is only trying to grow locally. This was the focus of the GIST Masterclass Series in Casablanca, Morocco during Demo Africa in October.

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