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 Programs

Latest News - The 2015 Mentor Application is now open! With our network of more than 300 alumnae mentors, we’re excited to add to this community with the upcoming program in October. - VENTURES AFRICA – South Africa, Africa’s most developed economy, has seen about 3.6 million inhabitants have been lifted out of poverty and the rate of extreme poverty cut in half.

How much can a U.S. law help sub-Saharan African countries build their economies and develop open markets? - Morocco On The Move News & Analysis MOTM Blog Development 39 Years Later, Morocco’s Attachment and Commitment to the Sahara Stand Strong Thirty-nine years ago today, on November 6, 1975, some 350,000 Moroccan citizens a - Swiss designers to an Ultimaker 3D printer make Taghazout, Morocco their home to test out the innovative printing machine that turns plastic shreds into marketable objects. As wamda reports:

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

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