GIST Innovation Hubs


The U.S. Department of State has recognized 36 Innovation Hubs, or IHubs, globally. The hubs are created in partnership with local startup incubators, accelerators, innovation centers, venture groups, training centers, and makers spaces. 

Through community-led groups, IHubs aim to bolster networking and entrepreneurial skills to build durable, long-term, supportive networks. The ultimate goal of the initiative 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.

Benefits of being a GIST IHub

Each Innovation Hub will receive financial support as well as mentorship on how to organize meetups, maximize networking opportunities and engage members. Quarterly virtual meetings with other IHubs help to facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration. 

Types of GIST programs our IHubs regularly participate in:


The IHub initiative is implemented by GIST partner VentureWell.

If you have questions about GIST programming please send us an email at [email protected].

To Apply to be an IHub, click this link:

Apply to be a GIST Innovation Hub

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Current participating IHubs

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