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2024 GIST Business Incubation


What is GIST Business Incubation?

As a U.S. Department of State initiative, GIST’s Business Incubation brings together the best science and technology innovators and American businesses to increase cross-market access and create opportunities for collaboration. While in residence at an American incubator, entrepreneurs have opportunities to make connections with the local entrepreneurial ecosystem and build business relationships with potential partners and investors. GIST Business Incubation also helps American businesses gain awareness of global entrepreneurs, innovations and markets.

Who Should Participate?

This program is perfect for startups looking to take their innovations to the next level by getting mentoring, U.S. market expertise, and valuable business model training. All science and technology startups from the 130+ GIST-eligible countries whose founders is 18 – 40 years of age are eligible to apply.

Please read the full eligibility requirements before applying. 

Important Dates

(All dates are subject to change)

  • Applications open 1 December 2023 (early registration now open)
  • Application registration closes 28 February 2024
  • Participant selection 1 March – 1 April, 2024
  • Program start date ~ 13 May, 2024

The Washington D.C. Summit

One of the highlights of the GIST Business Incubation program is the Washington D.C. Summit where all participants gather for a week of learning and networking. In the past we have partnered with top organizations to bring some of the best U.S. experts to lead these workshops. We also have the opportunity to meet with Department of State officials who have a vested interest in the success of the innovators. This trip is updated with new features every year, making it a truly unique experience.