Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST Initiative) – www.gistnetwork.org
Between 2011 and 2015, as Senior Innovation Manager with CRDF Global, Ovidiu designed and implemented The GIST Initiative, a global enterprise that builds dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystems in 135 countries across all the continents.
In the four years GIST has built an online global community of 240k entrepreneurs, trained more than 3k entrepreneurs, vetted and mentored fast growing tech entrepreneurs who raised $32M+ in funding and generated 2000 jobs and $300M in annual revenue.
Ovidiu built a network of global partnerships with likeminded organizations such as MIT Enterprise Forum, Startup Malaysia, Tepav, Infodev and Microsoft as well as attracted the support of globally recognized entrepreneurs such as Jeff Hoffman, Nolan Bushnell Co-founder of Atari, Ali Sabanc, Chairman of Pegasus Airlines.
Mr. Bujorean also designed and launched TechConnect, an interactive learning online platform for entrepreneurs, reaching 10k viewers in 80 countries as well as Startup Bootcamps, Tech-I competitions and the Glocal mentorship program.
Additionally Ovidiu managed several programs funded by the World Bank and infoDev such as Fostering Clean Tech Entrepreneurship in Indonesia and the VentureOut program focused on supporting most promising early stage mobile application entrepreneurs from Africa, Eastern Europe and Caribbean’s.
Regional Entrepreneurship Platform:
Reconnect – focused on fostering innovation and prosperity in South and Central Asia.
VentureOut Infodev World Bank – fostering mobile application entrepreneurship in Africa, Caribbean and Eastern Europe
Country Entrepreneurship Platform – LEADERS – successful social enterprise that has impacted the lives of more than 20,000 young leaders and entrepreneurs in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe.