Exponential Impact is partnering with UCCS, and the QUAD on a visiting entrepreneurs program the U.S. State Department is piloting as part of their GIST (Global Innovation through Science & Technology) program. Five startup companies from Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Ecuador, and Algeria will be in Colorado Springs for four weeks and then back to DC for two weeks of investors sessions. UCCS is teaching educational sessions and Exponential Impact is hosting a mini accelerator/incubator program for the startups.

GIST entrepreneurs meet Attorney General

GIST entrepreneurs meet Attorney General Phil Weiser

Colorado Springs is one of the few cities in the US chosen for the U.S. State Department GIST program. Read below to learn more about these five innovative companies:

Azaad Health, Pakistan

Azaad Health is the first truly patient-centered health data exchange network and patient identification platform powered by blockchain and biometrics. It easily integrates with existing health systems and it is built on international security and compatibility standards, making it compatible with every EHR/EMR in the world.

Her Ground, Pakistan

Her Ground is committed to helping women in Pakistan get the products they need, for topics they are usually too uncomfortable to talk about– like menstruation, sex, mother care, acne, and hair loss. With Her Ground, a doctor will prescribe and ship the meds you need, all online.

Anuka, Ecuador

Anuka, algae in Kichwa, is a project of a multidisciplinary team from Ecuador that seeks to use microalgae to create highly efficient atmospheric decontamination systems. We design and build biological filters capable of absorbing 100 times more CO2 than 1 tree. The filters are made of towers that can be installed anywhere because they use sunlight as the main resource.

El KOFFA, Algeria

EL KOFFA is an Algerian product made of FilmoPlast. The filmoPlast product is transformed into fabric bags. The product allows us to reduce the risks of plastic in Algeria and create a cleaner environment.

Green Leaf, Kyrgyzstan

Green Leaf is an early stage company with an environmentally friendly technology.  The company will use recycled plastics to create t-shirts and plant trees for every shirt sold.