About GIST:
The GIST initiative builds entrepreneurial ecosystems in 86 emerging economies across Latin America, Middle East, Turkey, Asia and Africa by identifying, coaching, and funding the most promising technology entrepreneurs through its flagship competitions, startup acceleration services, online social media platform and interactive mentorship programs. GIST forges partnerships, locally and globally, among technology entrepreneurs, angel investors, mentors and experts, to foster human progress and prosperity. 

The GIST Initiative is a partnership led by the U.S. Department of State and CRDF Global. 

GIST Mission:
To accelerate technology entrepreneurship in the Middle East, Turkey, Asia and Africa through global networking, entrepreneurship skill-building, in-depth mentorship and strategic seed funding.

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