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GIST Investors

About GIST Investors

Early-stage investment is one of the key elements that help a startup grow from a small, local enterprise into a source of innovation, employment and economic growth. This is particularly true in emerging economies, where local investment networks struggle to support science and technology startups.

In order to create sustainable investment networks, the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative has created the Investor Mobilization Training program (GIST Investors). Through implementation partner VentureWell, GIST Investors will work with in-country stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to bolster local financial support for startups.

Rather than building new networks, GIST Investors will focus on existing investor communities and networks in order to provide local support for startups. The program identifies key investors within a country or region who can benefit from participating in the training program. As part of their training, these investors will learn how they can strengthen the local systems through places that foster entrepreneurs.

Click on the links at the right hand side of this page to learn more about the program in participating countries.

If you represent a formal investor network, venture capital firm or investment fund and are interested participating in the GIST Investors program, contact Eli Velasquez at [email protected].

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