GIST Innovates Overview

GIST Innovates Ukraine is a ten-week pre-accelerator training program modeled after the Lean Startup methodology. Through an in-depth customer discovery process, early-stage entrepreneurs will identify and evaluate opportunities for their venture and make informed decisions on how best to move their idea forward. The goal of GIST Innovates is to provide innovators with the training, mentoring, and resources they need to build their entrepreneurial skills and bring their ideas out of the university lab and into the market.

This program is ideal for teams of startup founders, graduate students, faculty, or researchers in science and technology.

Program Highlights

  • Experience hands-on learning through virtual training at
  • Spend a significant amount of time engaging with industry experts, talking to potential customers, and testing hypotheses
  • Share experiences with other entrepreneurial teams engaged in similar work.



Past Activities

GIST Innovates Ukraine (2021)
This program completed in summer 2021 Click here to learn more

GIST Innovates Bhutan (2021)
This program completed in summer of 2021 Click here to learn more.

GIST Innovates Ukraine (2020)
GIST Innovates Ukraine, underway since mid-2020, completed their extensive virtual training in early 2021 with GIST experts and concluded with an exciting Demo Day presentation from the cohort. 



Innovates Successes

These are just a few of the innovators who have benefited from our Innovates program.

Nataliya Limonova | GIOS

GIOS is designing an interactive platform for the delivery of remote and blended learning. In addition to keeping students engaged in the educational process, the platform aims to support teachers in organizing remote and hybrid teaching by providing them with a flexible course builder, interactive material library, assessment, and analytics.

GIST Programs:
GIST Innovates Ukraine 2021
GIST Catalyst Pitch Competition 2021


Lixbley is a software company that has designed the LixB Rideshare app, which facilitates ride sharing with the goal of reducing the number of cars on the roads.

GIST Programs:
GIST Innovates Ukraine 2021

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