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


A technology startup that helps firefighters stay safe during a fire is taking home the top prize at the GIST Regional Startup Training Caucasus.


Following his first place win at the 2018 GIST Tech-I pitch competition, Wassim El Hariri returned to Lebanon where he was formally recognized for his work in entrepreneurship. Wassim received the “Taif” award, which is a trophy and pin. He is the youngest recipient of the award.


GIST Investors is returning to Indonesia for its second investor training on April 5, 2019. As part of the training, GIST Investors will also host an online training in March, which will reduce the barriers some investors face in participating in this program.

55 Group, which as the name implies, is a group of companies dedicated to advancing entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset in the emerging Tajikistan ecosystem.

By the Microsoft Student Developer Team

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