GIST Startup Training - An Intense and Interactive Training on Startups


The Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative Startup Training is an intense and interactive training designed to spark innovative thinking and trigger the creation of new startup ideas among promising entrepreneurs in the ICT, energy, healthcare and agriculture sectors.

Entreprenerus with ventures in the idea stage to having up to 5 years in operation are invited to apply. The 70 most promising ventures will be invited to attend for trainings and networking on December 10.

Training will take place on the 10th of Dec 1:15pm-6:45pm at DWTC followed by a Reception. Seats are limited to 70, so if you want to join, Apply here

Check out the industry experts who are excited to guide promising entrepreneurs at GIST’s training event!

GIST Initiative Guests

Jeff Hoffman, Co-founder & former CEO,, GIST Advisory Group member.

Jeff is an accomplished entrepreneur and innovator in the fields of Internet, e-commerce, and entertainment. He launched his first software company while still a student at Yale University. Mr. Hoffman is a founder and partner in ColorJar, a venture accelerator firm that helps entrepreneurs and small business owners launch and grow new business ventures. Mr. Hoffman is perhaps best known as a founder and CEO in the family of companies, where he led the development and launch of Priceline’s consumer company (Priceline YardSale). LinkedIn

Steve Koskie, Partner, LM250

Steve has been a serial entrepreneur, investor and senior executive. He has founded, grown and achieved meaningful exits for technology companies in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. His most recent start up ( was created by of Black Eyed Peas fame and co-owned by Universal Music Group. Highly regarded for his earlier digital media/mobile work with the Black Eyed Peas, Steve is frequently in demand as a conference speaker, personally presented with an Emmy Award, 2 CLIO Awards and a Global Media Award. To date he has raised over $150Million for startups firms and has global connections within global brands, “Angel” investors and leading VC firms. LinkedIn


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Jim Bagnola, President, International Leadership Group

Jim is an international speaker, an executive coach and a corporate educator. He is an expert in the field of leadership and body-mind management, focusing on the influence of thinking patterns on health, happiness, success, and the capacity to lead.  His personal mission has been the personal coaching of young entrepreneurs and students on six continents for the past 20 years.  He is Chairman of the Board of Leaders Romania an organization committed to teaching and mentoring young European leaders and he travels globally as a frequent lecturer and coach for AIESEC, the largest student organization in the world. LinkedIn

Scott Gillespie, Founder and Managing Partner of the Jigsaw Group, Commercialization Partner T2VC

Scott is currently the Founder and Managing Partner of the Jigsaw Group, an early stage investment and advisory group as well as the Commercialization Partner for T2VC, a team that manages a technology venture fund and architects innovation ecosystems in emerging markets. Scott shares his insights and experiences at conferences, seminars, networking events, angel groups, universities and non-profits where he lectures on innovation & entrepreneurship, strategic marketing and management, risk management and environment management. Scott also supports Yacht Aid Global (YAG), a nonprofit that transports education and medical supplies to regions struck by disaster using mega yachts. LinkedIn


Ovidiu Bujorean, Manager, The GIST Initiative, Vice chairman MIT Enterprise Forum of Washington DC & Baltimore

Ovidiu manages and directs the GIST Initiative, an exciting new innovative initiative funded through the State Department that is building a unique entrepreneurial ecosystem in 44 countries across the Middle East, Central and South East Asia, and Africa.  Previously, Mr. Bujorean was the Senior Associate at Rudyard Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in consumer technologies.  Mr. Bujorean  serves as Chairman of the Board of Advisors of AIESEC DC. Mr. Bujorean founded  LEADERS, an organization that impacted the lives of approximately 10000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Southern-Eastern Europe and is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management (MBA) and Harvard’s Kennedy School (MPA). LinkedIn

Klaus Miserra, Leadership Consultant

Klaus has over 25 years experience in Consulting, Leadership, Coaching and Training throughout Europe, US, Far East, Africa and in the GCC region with a vast range of clients in every business sector. His industry experience includes IT, Airlines and Financial Services.  Using experiences gained as an IBM Business Transformation Consultant, as Sales and Business Development Manager in the IT Industry and as Executive in the Financial Service industry, Klaus brings a depth of knowledge and experience when working with teams to align business strategy with business performance. Following his education in Computer science, Economics and systemic project management, Klaus is currently completing a post graduate qualification in Coaching & Mediation from the University of Berlin.LinkedIn

GIST Startup Training - Dubai

Monday, December 10, 2012
1:15pm-6:45pm (reception to follow) Apply here


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  • Mahmood Otaibi

    I'd like to come but i don't want to share any start up ideas. Just on observer here. So it open for such attenders ?

    Many thanks to Farooq for keeping this great group running...


    December 9, 2012

  • Farooq Hasan

    Training will take place on the 10th of Dec 1:15pm-6:45pm at DWTC followed by a Reception. Seats are limited to 70, so if you want to join, Apply here http://giststartup.eventbrite.c...­

    December 7, 2012

    • Farooq Hasan

      yes its sold out. try contacting the Organizer on the Eventbrite page and let them know....

      December 7, 2012

    • Farooq Hasan

      they might have open positions in a few days, please check back again

      December 7, 2012

  • Kumar Sarma

    the time is mentioned as 1:15 p.m EST not GST. can you confirm??

    December 5, 2012

    • Farooq Hasan

      Its GST they have made a mistake....

      December 5, 2012

  • Farooq Hasan

    Training will take place on the 10th of Dec 1:15pm-6:45pm at DWTC followed by a Reception. Seats are limited to 70, so if you want to join, Apply here http://giststartup.eventbrite.c...­

    December 5, 2012

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