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 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.

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.


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 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.


Some of the most innovative startups in the world are set to travel to Australia for a startup training focused on supporting women and vulnerable communities.


Becoming an angel investor takes more than capital and a determination to support entrepreneurs. It also takes a level of training – which is exactly what several new angel investors received at the GIST Investors Mexico training this week.


The GIST Startup Training program will be in Tashkent, Uzbekistan this November 13-16 to help young science and tech entrepreneurs learn the skills they need to grow their businesses.

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