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GIST Startup Trainings empower young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs through on-the-ground training and mentoring delivered by top U.S. mentors and in-country partners. Training and mentorship combined with exposure to American businesses and access to capital encourage entrepreneurs to confidently apply their skills to creating science and technology ventures.

GIST Startup Trainings impact: Since 2011, GIST Startup Trainings have trained 975 entrepreneurs from 26 countries, including more than 260 young women. As a result of GIST support, many participants have moved their ventures forward. At least two GIST Startup Startup Trainings winners have exited their startups and others have incubated at Google’s startup accelerator in Silicon Valley and 1871’s entrepreneurial hub in Chicago.

GIST broadens perspectives: Gibs Song, Principal at Mane-Aquila Consulting, told West African entrepreneurs, "I am amazed at the ideas coming from here. I'm going to tell everyone back home what’s happening in Africa!"

And, Kari Hanson, Startup Technology Advisor in Silicon Valley, announced at the Indonesia Startup Training, "I was so impressed with the innovative ideas!"


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

Cordoba, Argentina, June 2019

GIST Startup Training Argentina

1st: Box Synergy

2nd: Arbacia

Spirit of GIST: Innomy

Programs, Mentors, and Participants


North Macedonia, May 2019

GIST Startup Training North Macedonia

1st: Elevate Global

2nd: Stringershub

Spirit of GIST: Imprinit

Programs, Mentors, and Participants


Caucasus, April 2019

GIST Startup Training Caucuses

1st: Elven Technologies

2nd: ThermoNorth

Spirit of GIST: Eco Cone

Programs, Mentors, and Participants


Tashkent, Uzbekistan, November 2018

GIST Startup Training Uzbekistan

1st: Pectin

2nd: Easy Silk Road

Spirit of GIST: Waste to Wealth

Programs, Mentors, and Participants


Alexandria, Egypt, November 2018

GIST Startup Training Alexandria

1st: Material Solved

2nd: 3D Property Viewer

Spirit of GIST: Vortex

Programs, Mentors, and Participants



Brisbane, Australia, October 2018

GIST Startup Training Brisbane

1st: Oceanori/iSTP

2nd: Burnflex

Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs: MiBolsillo

Programs, Mentors, and Participants



Ho Chi Minh City, September 2016

GIST Startup Training Vietnam

1st: Higi Energy

2nd: SportHub

Spirit of GIST Award: Glampy

Programs, Mentors, and Participants



Peru, August 2016

GIST Startup Training  Peru

1st: Sinba

2nd: Mamas del Rio

Spirit of GIST Award: PATS

Programs, Mentors, and Participants



Senegal, April 2016

GIST Startup Training Senegal

1st: Tuniar

2nd: Souclou Online

Spirit of GIST Award: Starlight

Program, Mentors, and Participants




South Africa, April 2016

GIST Startup Training South Africa

1st: EcoAct Tanzania

2nd: Pad Heaven

Spirit of GIST Award: Green Malasha

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Tunisia, January 2016

GIST Startup Training Tunisia

1st: Omnia

2nd: EasyTroc

Spirit of GIST Award: LYCO

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Bogotá, Colombia, October 2015

GIST Startup Training Bogota

1st: BioSurfactants


Spirit of GIST Award: EnMochila

Outstanding Female Entrepreneur: Andrea Carolina Buitrago (EnMochila)

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Medellín, Colombia, October 2015

GIST Startup Training Medellin

1st: OMI Recirculating Shower

2nd: L'Organique

Spirit of GIST Award: Pymes Control

Outstanding Female Entrepreneur: Carolina Hernandez (WHAM)

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Mexico City, June 2015

GIST Startup Training Mexico City

1st: OrderEat

2nd: Virtual Hospital Mexico

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Istanbul, February 2015

GIST Startup Training Istanbul

1st: RobArch

2nd: Dermalix

Most interviews: N2Z

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Colombia, December 2014

GIST Startup Training Colombia

1st: CNT Kinetics (formerly Waffle Shielding)

2nd: Biopesticide from Fique

Most interviews: SAR Club

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Morocco, October 2014

GIST Startup Training Morocco

1st: DabaDoc

2nd: Chifco

3rd: Together We Make Power

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Bangladesh, May 2014

GIST Startup Training Bangladesh

1st: Buckets Engineer

2nd: Panacea

3rd: CityScope

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Indonesia, April 2014

GIST Startup Training Indonesia

1st: DreamBender

2nd: eFishery

3rd: Growbox

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Jordan, December 2013

GIST Startup Training Jordan

1st: Aqar-Estate

2nd: MadFoo3at

3rd: Dardasa

Honorable Mentions: Little Thinking Minds and

Program, Mentors, and Participants



East Africa, May 2013

GIST Startup Training  East Africa

1st: Safari Yetu

2nd: AIM Vault

3rd: iProcure

Best Female Entrepreneur: Kate Kiguru, Akida

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Algeria, July 2012

GIST Startup Training Algeria

1st: SmellNet

2nd: iPadian

3rd: Lyes Belhocine

Program, Mentors, and Participants



West Africa, July 2012

GIST Startup Training West Africa

1st: Amarante

2nd: Mlouma

3rd: eeZydeel

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Malaysia, April 2012

GIST Startup Training Malaysia

1st: PiktoChart

2nd: OctoApp

3rd: SecQme

Honorable Mentions: Voucheres; special prize to Melvin Wong, FanXT

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Indonesia, April 2012

GIST Startup Training Indonesia

1st: T-Files

2nd: Budi Mixed Farming

3rd: PT Dyna Energy

Honorable Mention: Dwarapala

Program, Mentors, and Participants



Turkey, March 2012

GIST Startup Training Turkey

1st: Sutech

Honorable Mention: Gonnasphere

Program, Mentors, and Participants not Available




Maghreb, January 2012

GIST Startup Training Maghreb

Although pitching took place, no competition was in place. The purpose was to give feedback.

Program, Mentors, and Participants

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