The U.S. Department of State’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative empowers science and technology innovators in over 130 emerging economies.Through GIST, U.S. experts and businesses have a path to make direct connections with the most promising global entrepreneurs and innovators.
Since 2011, GIST has partnered with the private sector to reach over 27 million innovation community members globally. GIST catalyzes startup solutions that address economic and developmental challenges through networking, skills building, mentoring, and access to financing. GIST has provided training for over 15,000 startups who have gone on to generate over $250 million in revenue. This is done through competitions, startup trainings, and interactive online programs, implemented by AAAS and VentureWell.