MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 16, 2018-IdeaGist.com, the world's largest digital incubation platform, announces the launch of its Emerging Technology Accelerators Initiative (ETA), a global collaboration to address the impact that emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), 3D printing, smart robots, and intelligent vehicles are predicted to have on worldwide workforces.

According to IdeaGist.com founder and CEO Hassan Syed, global communities need to prepare now for the disruptive nature of emerging technologies and their potential impact on the way the world conducts business, oversees workforce, and leverages innovation by developing capacity and demand.



Capacity planning is the process of determining the production capacity an organization needs to meet changing demands for its products.

For small and underprivileged communities, the cost of assessing, planning, and executing capacity and demand is prohibitive. However, delaying capacity and demand planning for too long can cripple disadvantaged communities and bring about devastating financial and social consequences. Even for cities with available resources, access to talent, access to ideas, and access to markets are critical in developing startups in these emerging technology areas.

IdeaGist's Emerging Technology Accelerators Initiative focuses on capacity building in seven key emerging technologies: Artificial intelligence, 3D Printing, Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Augmented Reality, Intelligent Vehicles, and Smart Robots.

The goal is to have 100 communities worldwide join IdeaGist's ETA by the end of 2019. Under the initiative, IdeaGist will provide a platform for knowledge transfer between participating communities, enabling them to both provide and receive talent, technology, and training collaboratively. Economic development agencies, educational institutions, science & technology parks, accelerators, and incubators and other organizations that join the initiative will have exclusive access to global knowledge transfer portals for each technology represented in the program.

IdeaGist will launch the ETA program with AI as the first accelerator, followed by Blockchain technology in October 2018. Communities can join the initiative by completing an expression of interest form.

Participating organizations will be able to support local capacity building activities by:
• Access a marketplace for knowledge transfer project
• Access a global pool of experts
• Connect with other communities
• Learn about new applications of the emerging technologies
• Access Commercialization and Joint Venture Opportunities
• Access to funding for entrepreneurial commercialization projects

“Our solution is to develop a global network of communities, connect them to the experts in key emerging technologies, provide them with a sector-by-sector job impact analysis, and give them up-skill and re-skill training content,” Syed says. “This will better prepare each community to manage the inevitable disruption this next generation of emerging technologies will have on the world's social and economic models in the near and distant future.”

The following international organizations have joined IdeaGist's ETA initiative as founding members:
The Actuator Operations Ltd., Australia
Bioindustry Park Silvano Fumero S.p.A., Italy
Bir Ventures USA Ltd.
Birla Institute of Management Technology, India
● Business & Innovation Center, Science and Technology Park, Macedonia
Curated Growth at Drake, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, Louisiana, USA
CSU Chico State Center for Entrepreneurship, USA
Forum for Law, Environment, Development and Governance (FLEDGE), Chennai, India
Global Incubation Services (GINSERV), India
Greenville County Workforce Development, USA
India Accelerator, Gurgaon, India
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (IEC) Mehran University, Pakistan
● The Institute for Innovators and Entrepreneurs at Hamline University, USA
International Institute for Knowledge and Innovation (I2KI), USA
Malaysian Technology Development Corporation, Malaysia
META Foundation. Italy
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Binghamton, USA
● Signature Entrepreneurship Academy, South Africa
Sukkur IBA University, Pakistan
SRU Sustainable Enterprise Accelerator, USA
Universidad del Mayab, Mexico.
World Innovation Network, USA
WildeSpark – Strategic Innovation and Marketing Accelerators, USA
Youngstown Business Incubator, USA

Following types of organizations can join IdeaGist ETA as a founding member, with only $1 per month membership fee that will never increase:
● Economic Development organizations of a city, county, state, or country
● Higher Education Institutions
● Technology Commercialization Offices
● Science & Technology Parks
● Incubators or Accelerators
● Private Equity and Venture Capital Funds
● Research Organizations
● Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (not-for-profit only)

If you would like to join this initiative, please complete our short expression of interest form to start the process, email IdeaGist media director Liz Ernst at [email protected] or call our office at or call our office at +1 612-666-9247.

About IdeaGist:
IdeaGist is the world's largest digital incubation platform, linking people from all 195 UN-recognized countries, hosting more than 3,500 startup ideas and offering access to more than 1,600 mentors. IdeaGist is the digital adaptation of traditional business incubators, developed to meet global demand for online access to startup development services, improve effectiveness, and help fill incubator capacity gaps on-demand and at low cost.

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Expression of Interest

If you are an economic development group, an incubator or accelerator, a science & technology park, an innovation area, a higher education institute, a research organization, or a corporation interested in new technology products, you can still join the ETA program as a founding member.