GIST TechConnects link global science and technology entrepreneurs to U.S. experts through sessions at the Department of State’s Interactive Studio. TechConnects have reached tens of thousands of viewers worldwide and prove that innovation and entrepreneurship know no boundaries in today’s global marketplace. All TechConnects are available on demand and listed below.

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.

The broadcasting event in Pristina is organized by the US Embassy in Pristina, in cooperation with ICK.

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Speakers’ Biographies

Steve Blank is an entrepreneur-turned- educator who is credited with launch- ing the Lean Startup movement. He’s changed how startups are built, how entrepreneurship is taught, how science is commercialized, and how companies and the government innovate. Steve is the author of The Four Steps to the Epiphany, The Startup Owner’s Manual, and his May 2013 Harvard Business Review cover story defined the Lean Startup movement. He teaches at Stanford, Columbia, Berkeley, and NYU; he created the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps - now the standard for science commercial- ization in the U.S. His Hacking for Defense class at Stanford is revolutionizing how the U.S. defense and intelligence com- munity can deploy innovation with speed and urgency. Steve blogs at and hosts Entrepreneurs are Ev- erywhere, a weekly radio show on SiriusXM.

Donna Harris is co-founder of 1776, a major initiative that convenes and accel- erates startups from around the world by connecting them to the political, intellec- tual, social and financial capital that make Washington, DC unique. Donna is also a Founding Member of the K Street Capi- tal angel network and is an active angel investor. She is a Member of the GEW Global Board, a Board Member of the National Center for Entre- preneurship and Innovation, and Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Georgetown University and an alumna of Springboard Enterpris- es. Prior to starting 1776, Donna was Managing Director of the Startup America Partnership, where she architected and led the Startup Regions Initiative, which focused on accelerating the for- mation of vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystems across the United States and connecting the communities into a national startup ecosystem.

Blake Stevens has worked as both an entrepreneur and a venture investor. He currently serves as Vice President and Senior Associate at Harris & Harris Group, Inc., a New York City-based early- stage venture capital firm. At H&H, Blake specializes in working with its ear- liest stage companies, including acting as COO of TARA Biosystems, Inc. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Promuc, Inc.; Interome, Inc.; Synglyco, Inc.; and is a former Director of TARA. Prior to joining H&H, Blake was the 7th employee at HZO, Inc., a startup focused on protecting electronics from environmental hazards. He led their R&D, commercialization and technical business development efforts, helping grow the company to over 70 employees and its first significant revenue. Blake also built and managed HZO’s intellectual property system, growing their patent portfolio from 3 to over 60 patents.


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