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GIST Innovation Hubs (I-Hubs) Application

The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Innovation Hub is a program for building strong and vibrant networks of entrepreneurs across the world focusing on young science and technology entrepreneurs through community-led meetup groups. The program aims to catalyze the participants’ networking and entrepreneurial skills to build durable, long-term, supportive networks so that participants can grow their skills and businesses together both in their home country and through a network of contacts abroad.

By launching a GIST Innovation Hub, you will join a vibrant network of programs that nurture the next generation of entrepreneurs and innovators through direct, on-the-ground training. The intention of a GIST Innovation Hub is to provide resources that entrepreneurs in your local
community can use to adapt to their unique sets of social, political and economic circumstances. The ultimate goal is to stimulate entrepreneurial activity in the Innovation Hub community through bolstering and nourishing a grassroots and global network that shares innovative techniques and engages local communities. 

The GIST Innovation Hub program seeks to partner with local grantees to improve the local resources for entrepreneurs and build entrepreneurial capacity. To learn more about the GIST network, visit: 

A GIST Innovation Hub must have the following qualifications:
  • The ability to develop an organization to best service the local community’s needs, ideally an active member of the local entrepreneurship and the GIST communities.
  • Experience generating and organizing inclusive groups with a diversity of stakeholders.
  • A diverse team of organizer(s) that includes at least one woman.
  • Interest in improving the access to resources for entrepreneurs for the local community and the possibility of connecting the local community to the larger global entrepreneur community.
Benefits received by a GIST Innovation Hub:
  • Access to a group of colleagues doing similar work within their countries and regions.
  • Access to an online communications portal with other member organizations to share best practices, ask questions and received announcements on available resources and events.
  • Quarterly Leaders Meetings curated through the membership, led by experts in the field (including fellow I-Hub leaders) on topics of interest to the community
  • A $5,000 stipend for use in programming throughout the year of membership. This stipend is restricted to programming costs for events and materials and cannot be used for salaries or infrastructure.
See the Program Guide for details on the types of programming that are appropriate for use of funds.

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