GIST Startup Trainings are in-country intensive business training courses designed to empower young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs through hands-on training and mentoring delivered by top U.S. experts and conducted in partnership with in-country ecosystem partners. As a result of GIST support, many participants have moved their ventures forward. At least two GIST 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.
Born out of a need to take our Startup Trainings program virtual, ‘GIST Innovates’ is a ten-week, in-person/virtual hybrid training program focusing on pre-accelerator stage innovations and is modeled after the Lean Startup methodology. Through an in-depth customer discovery process, early-stage entrepreneurs identify and evaluate opportunities for their venture and make informed decisions on how best to move their idea forward. GIST Innovates provides participants with the training, mentoring, and resources they need to build their entrepreneurial skills and bring their ideas out of the university lab and into the market.
We're excited to share that GIST is now accepting applications for GIST Innovates Thailand, an 8-week course for science and technology innovators in Thailand. Learn more about this opportunity. Submit your application by 17 May, 2023 to ensure your place.
Startup Training Success Stories
Rahinah Ibrahim, Oceanori | Malaysia
Oceanori's from Malaysia has created an independent sewage treatment plant (also known as iSTP) for rural communities that do not have centralized sewage collection and treatment. The treatment plant is one of the smallest on the market, easily transportable by boat, can fit underneath the toilets of rural water-based communities and treats sewage to meet the specs of Malaysia’s National Water Services Commission.
Gustavo Becker, Box Synergy | Argentina
Box Synergy designs creative, innovative and sustainable products. The products provide safe water, electricity, connectivity and thermal sources for heat water and cooking, where services do not reach. Box Synergy developed autonomous, self-sustaining, resilient, versatile and portable conceptions. Their differential factor is the synergy, as a concept that allows us to move towards the future, to minimize the environmental impact and maximize the social impact, to generate more with less.
Nataliya Limonova of GIOS
GIOS is designing an interactive platform for the delivery of remote and blended learning. In addition to keeping students engaged in the educational process, the platform aims to support teachers in organizing remote and hybrid teaching by providing them with a flexible course builder, interactive material library, assessment, and analytics.
Previous Startup Trainings
Startup Training Jordan 2013
1st: Aqar-Estate | 2nd: MadFoo3at
Honorable Mentions: Little Thinking Minds and Ekeif.com
Startup Training East Africa 2013
1st: Safari Yetu | 2nd: AIM Vault
Best Female Entrepreneur: Kate Kiguru, Akida
Startup Training West Africa 2012
1st: Amarante | 2nd: Mlouma
Startup Training Algeria 2012
1st: SmellNet | 2nd: iPadian
3rd: Lyes Belhocine
Startup Training Indonesia 2012
1st: T-Files | 2nd: Budi Mixed Farming
3rd: PT Dyna Energy
Honorable Mention: Dwarapala
Startup Training Turkey 2012
Honorable Mention: Gonnasphere
Program, Mentors, and Participants not Available