Through partnerships with U.S. Embassies and in-country startup incubators, the GIST Masterclass Series brings U.S. experts in entrepreneurship to a specific country for face-to-face interactions with stakeholders. These interactions help build a regional startup network that supports science and technology startups.

GIST Masterclass Series range in topics from the Lean Startup Method to supporting innovation by young STEM entrepreneurs. Masterclass participants have included managers of science-technology parks, university faculty, local and national economic development officials, incubators and accelerators, university students, and entrepreneurs.

GIST has hosted masterclasses in Morocco, Serbia, the Philippines, Egypt, and Portugal.


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

Past Masterclasses

August 2023

GIST Masterclass: Concept to Capital

Concept to Capital: Essential Insights for the Startup Founder's Journey. This session explores the pivotal stages that drive a startup founder's path to funding success. Delve into the initial phases focusing on customer discovery and achieving product-market fit that lays the foundation for a compelling business proposition. Discover valuable strategies for identifying the best-fit, value-aligned angel and venture capital investors to make your dream a reality.

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June 2022

GIST Ocean Series Masterclass: Fast Fashion To Ocean Action

This masterclass was facilitated by Tierney Thys, an American Marine Biologist, National Geographic Explorer, Ocean Advocate, and Co-Founder of Around The World in 80 Fabrics, a nonprofit organization that addresses micro-plastic pollution and other socio-environmental consequences of fast fashion and celebrates the diversity of nature-friendly fibers.

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October 2018

GIST Masterclass Morocco

The Masterclass helped participating Moroccan entrepreneurs learn the best way they can apply a global perspective to support science or technology startups.

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August 2018

GIST Masterclass Philippines

The masterclass series in Davao focused on the Lean Startup Method – which can be used by ecosystem stakeholders, such as Davao University, to build and support an innovative startup ecosystem.

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May 2018

GIST Masterclass Serbia

Wiley Larsen, co-founder and COO of medical startup and faculty at Arizona State University, led the masterclass series and stressed that the best place entrepreneurs can get support for their startups is from their local universities.

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