GIST Innovation Hub

About GIST

 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.

Since 2011, GIST has engaged with science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs in 135 emerging economies around the world, providing training and resources to help them build successful startups. This is done through competitions, startup boot camps, and interactive online programs, implemented.

GIST Villages is a program for building strong and vibrant networks of entrepreneurs across the world focusing on young science and technology (S&T) entrepreneurs through community lead meet-up 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. This newest portion of the program will start Summer 2016.

LeadAfrika is running the Gauteng South Africa GIST Innovation Hub.


The path to success isn’t without challenges – or failure. However, the reality is that not every start-up will be successful at first attempt. In fact, most early-stage ventures experience game-changing setbacks. It’s easy for entrepreneurs to become discouraged and give up on their ventures when they fail. Experienced entrepreneurs know that failure provides many valuable learning opportunities and a clearer perspective of a path to success.


Join us for our next GIST Innovation Hub discussion titled Failing Forward: Using Setbacks to Drive Success where viewers can ask the experts questions and hear their thoughts on topics such as:

–       Use failure as a learning opportunity

–       Balance risk taking and failure

–       Develop resilience after a setback

–       Address different cultural norms around failure

–       Restore an investor’s trust after you’ve failed


The second meet up will be with the topic: Changing the Game download

Date : 25 October 2016
Time: 14:30-16:30
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria,
Pretoria, 0184

science 1#GISTInnovationHub Gauteng  hosted its first meet up for Science and Technology Entrepreneurs.

Topic: Disruptive Innovations: Making Competition Irrelevant
Date : 23rd September 2016
Time: 13:30-15:30
Venue: CSIR Knowledge Commons
Meiring Naudé Road, Brummeria,
Pretoria, 0184



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