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 works with in-country stakeholders in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to bolster local financial support for startups.
Rather than building new networks, GIST Investors focuses 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 learn how they can strengthen the local systems through places that foster entrepreneurs.