The U. S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) initiative empowers young innovators through networking, skills building, mentoring, and access to financing to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges.
The GIST initiative is predicated upon a simple idea: when you provide young men and women with the skills they need to be successful entrepreneurs, they will gain confidence and be more likely to take the risks needed to turn their ideas into new ventures. GIST participants in 135 emerging economies can develop skills, build networks, find mentors, and access financing through a combination of in-country training, a global pitch competition, interactive online programming, and direct connections to U.S. experts. GIST helps create conditions for successful local entrepreneurship ecosystems and enables global youth to develop local solutions to local problems. Since 2011, GIST has engaged more than 2.8 million innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide and mentored over 5,500 startups that have generated more than $110 million in revenue.
The GIST initiative is led by the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation (STC) within the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs (OES). For additional information about the GIST initiative and its partners and programs.