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

SIZZLESCIENCE, also known at SIZZLE, is a consulting company that helps scientists and researchers turn their technology into viable businesses. SIZZLE does this in a variety of ways, helping emerging entrepreneurs navigate funding resources and business models.


A team from India has secured the top prize at the Imagine Cup Asia Regional Final with an automated anti-pollution and drug delivery mask. The mask uses Azure Machine Learning and was developed to improve the quality of life for sick patients living in polluted areas.


Pakistan struggles with inequality, particularly when it comes to the treatment of women and their health. In fact, on the Gender Gap Index Pakistan ranks second to last, which means women not only have limited economic opportunities but they also lack adequate access to health care.

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.

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