Past Programs


Ciudad del Saber, Panama

Ciudad del Saber (CDS) or City of Knowledge, is a unique incubator/accelerator based at the old US army base on the Panama Canal in Panama City. UT's Global Innovation Lab has been a strategic partner in support the development of their ecosystem. 

Empowering Saudi Women Through Entrepreneurship

City skyline view of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

We were pleased to host the Empowering Saudi Women Through Entrepreneurship program in partnership with the KAUST Entrepreneurship Center at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and the U.S. Consulate General Jeddah. This initiative focused on building the capacity of women entrepreneurs in western Saudi Arabia. Participants learned the essentials of creating and growing a successful business venture, as well as methods for bringing new products and services to market.

Advancing Women and Youth Entrepreneurship

Tokyo Tower, Tokyo, Japan by Jaison Lin via Unsplash

Advancing Women and Youth Entrepreneurship was designed to help women and youth entrepreneurs gain the skills, knowledge and network to scale their businesses. In partnership with the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo, the initiative provided the essential building blocks of creating a successful business venture. 

2021 and Before

Nexus Incubator, India

NEXUS startup incubator team

Nexus is an innovation hub and startup incubator created in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and Global Innovation Lab. Located at the American Center in New Delhi, Nexus serves as a central hub for entrepreneurs, innovators, mentors, government agencies, industry and funding organizations to promote Indian startups, to showcase best practices of American and Indian entrepreneurship, and to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

XLr8 Andhra Pradesh, India

XLr8 Andhra Pradesh India, global technology accelerator team

In collaboration with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Global Innovation Lab launched XLr8 Andhra Pradesh, a world-class global technology accelerator. The accelerator fosters a culture of innovation in the Sunrise State of Andhra Pradesh to increase knowledge, wealth and employment, in the State and beyond.

DHI Business Acceleration Program, Bhutan

Bhutanese students standing in rows for group photo

Launched in partnership with Druk Holding and Investments, the commercial arm of the Royal Government of Bhutan, the DHI Business Acceleration Program (DHI BizAP) provides a holistic approach to entrepreneurship development in the Cottage and Small Industries (CSI) sector.

Yangjae Innovation Hub, Seoul, South Korea

Yangjae Innovation Hub, class shown at the startup incubator in South Korea

Yangjae Innovation Hub is a startup incubator located in Seoul, South Korea. The program was a partnership with KAIST University focused on acceleration of Artificial Intelligence startups.

DST-Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Programme (LIGP)

Cumulative impact on the Indian economy of $814M

Through cooperation with the Government of India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Global Innovation Lab developed a program to bring India’s early-stage innovators and their new technologies to market in India and around the world. The program has benefited more than 1,000 Indian scientists, engineers, inventors and entrepreneurs across virtually every technology sector.

South Asia Connect @ Nexus Startup Hub

For traditional and technology entrepreneurs in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, South Asia Connect @ Nexus Startup Hub expanded on the Nexus program based out of the U.S. Embassy’s American Center in New Delhi. The program connected leaders in entrepreneurship-focused institutions to regional networks, mentors, training, and venture opportunities. To advance their ventures, entrepreneurs were were provided with best-practice training, ongoing mentorship, and access to critical networks.

Gyeonggi-UT Innovation Program

In partnership with the Gyeonggi Small-to-Medium Business Center (GSBC), the Gyeonggi-UT Innovation Program spanned over 10 years and resulted in market research performed for over 150 companies and support for 80 companies with international business development and technology transfer agreements, including a Space Act Agreement with NASA and multiple international partnerships with export revenue projected to be over $30M.

Korea Institute for Advancement of Technology (KIAT)

In partnership with the Korean Automotive Technology Institute (KATECH), Global Innovation Lab launched an automotive-industry-specific research, training, and education program. The program resulted in over 20 companies trained. Four companies developed business engagement agreements with Tier 1 suppliers, established automakers, and new entrants to the automotive market.

University Technology Enterprise Network (UTEN), Portugal

The University Technology Enterprise Network worked to enhance Portugal’s competitiveness in science and technology commercialization and global entrepreneurial success, working with government ministers, university rectors, faculty and researchers, and entrepreneurs. Through training and immersion programs in both Portugal and in Austin, Texas, the Global Startup Program prepared tech entrepreneurs to enter markets in North America and worldwide.

Innovation & Business Acceleration Center (IBAC), West Bengal

In cooperation with the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation Ltd. and in association with Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, the Innovation & Business Acceleration Center (IBAC) in the Indian state of West Bengal provided a model acceleration and incubation center to support innovators, technology, start-ups, enterprises and businesses which have the potential to grow, scale and contribute to the economy of the state. The program also worked closely with exporters in West Bengal to explore opportunities for expansion in existing markets or new geographies for product launches.