Open Startup International is an organization that provides a platform for innovation and capacity building through entrepreneurial education and cross-cultural exchanges between the US and Startup ecosystems in emerging market
Our main mission at OST International is to support entrepreneurship in Africa. We aim to develop ideas for innovative Startups using technology to solve global challenges. We empower, coach, and mentor youth, Whilst also giving them the opportunity to discover the American entrepreneurial ecosystem through our partnership with Columbia University.
OST International’s vision is to become the best support structure for youth-led impact ventures in Africa, bringing content, national and international networks while offering a strong bridge between Africa and the US.
OST started in 2016 as a Tunisian entrepreneurial competition in collaboration with the US Embassy, Columbia Engineering, Columbia Business School, the Ministry of Higher education and scientific research, BIAT Fondation, Africinvest, and Columbia Global Centers Tunis.
OST Tunisia already had 4 successful editions as OST Competition, and one as OSTX, a cross-disciplinary student entrepreneurship competition.