On Thursday, November 21, 2019 during Global Entrepreneurship Week, the U.S. Department of State will host a Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) showcase and reception.  GIST empowers science and technology entrepreneurs in over 130 emerging economies to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges.  Since its launch, GIST has partnered with American companies like Amazon and Microsoft and provided training to over 15,000 startups, generating more than $250 million in revenue.

During the last six weeks, 28 entrepreneurs from emerging economies were invited to the United States to participate in the GIST Business Incubation program at ten sites throughout the country.  The participants have been mentored, developed skills, in some cases accessed financing, and built networks to strengthen their businesses.  Thursday’s showcase and reception, coinciding with the celebration of Global Entrepreneurship Week, will feature the GIST Business Incubation participants as they complete their entrepreneurial experience in the United States.

Remarks will be provided by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Marcia Bernicat, Angel Capital Association (ACA) Executive Director Patrick Gouhin, and 1863 Ventures Managing Partner Melissa Bradley.  Additionally, select GIST Business Incubation entrepreneurs will present their innovations, and attendees will have the opportunity to meet the GIST entrepreneurs from visiting emerging economies.

The showcase and reception are open to the press, and will take place at Halcyon House, 3400 Prospect Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20007. 

Pre-set time for cameras on Thursday, November 21 is 4:30 pm at Halcyon House.  Final access time for writers and stills is 5:30 pm. 

On the day of the event, participants are asked to please provide one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense or Foreign Press Center), or (2) an official photo identification card issued by their news organization, or (3) a letter from their employer on official letterhead verifying their current employment as a journalist. 

Additionally, they must present an official government photo identification card (i.e., U.S. driver’s license or passport). 

For further information, please contact OES-PA-DG@state.gov.


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