Connecting Global Innovators

The Global Innovation Forum is a nonprofit startup that connects entrepreneur, small business, corporate, development, and university communities with policymakers to explore the opportunities and challenges of engaging in the global marketplace.

Our Objectives

Elevate the global opportunity

that exists for a diverse set of startup, business and nonprofit stakeholders.  GIF improves understanding of the new role that startups, nonprofits and businesses of all sizes are playing in the global marketplace, finding new customers, partners and tools to sustain and grow their operations.


Articulate the policy challenges

that startups, nonprofits and small businesses face, often without the assistance of high-profile lobbyists or lawyers. GIF helps entrepreneurs and innovators articulate the regulatory, customs, market access and related challenges they face to government officials and the public.

Improve the public policy landscape

on critical global issues surrounding trade, innovation and regulation of the digital economy.  GIF offers a unique platform for business, startup, nonprofit and university stakeholders to improve governments’ understanding of how policies may affect their ability to participate in global markets.

Enable more effective participation in global markets

through programming, guidance and partnerships with organizations including the U.S. International Trade Administration. GIF elevates the public and private tools that exist to enable entrepreneurs to participate more effectively in global trade.

“The Global Innovation Forum is a valuable partner to the International Trade Administration in helping to connect a range of private sector stakeholders to the Startup Global pilot initiative and improve startups’ understanding of how to participate effectively in global markets.”

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker



Supporting Women through Global E-Commerce in ASEAN

Women entrepreneurs and small businesses are powerful engines of growth for the ASEAN region. GIF interviewed 10 women running businesses across all of the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations — Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam -- who are going global through e-commerce.

Our partners

The Global Innovation Forum works with select partners to collaborate on programming, research and thought leadership, integrate our respective networks, and build a community of globally-engaged, policy-aware entrepreneurs, innovators and officials.


GIF works to build and leverage a diverse network of stakeholders who are involved in global innovation and trade


Housed under the National Foreign Trade Council Foundation, the Global Innovation Forum is able to leverage the resources and expertise of a century-old organization dedicated to an open, rules-based global trading system.