Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Program

On behalf of American Councils for International Education, I am reaching out to let you know about an exciting international exchange program funded by the U.S Department of State – theYoung Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI). The YTILI Fellowship Program offers a chance for successful applicants, young European business or social entrepreneurs, to participate in a fully funded, six-week professional development program in the United States in Fall 2024.

We would greatly appreciate it if you would be willing to share some information about the program with anyone you think might be interested in learning more or applying. The application for Fall 2024 will close on February 06, 2024.

Additional information can be found on our website  and on our social media pages: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, and X (formerly known as Twitter) under the username YTILINetwork. Those interested can apply online for the program at

About the YTILI Fellowship Program:  YTILI a two-way U.S. Department of State-funded exchange program designed to strengthen the transatlantic relationship, develop sustainable partnerships between U.S. and European entrepreneurs and innovators, promote regional integration and cooperation in Europe, and encourage European businesses, governments and civil society to develop their innovation ecosystems. Through intensive fellowships designed to broaden their professional expertise and further enhance their leadership capabilities, YTILI provides emerging European entrepreneurs leaders with the opportunity to gain first-hand experiences in, and exposure to, U.S. public and private sector offices working on a variety of issues related to entrepreneurship, innovation, and transatlantic connections. The U.S.-based exchange will also provide Fellows with opportunities to complement their professional fellowship through workshops, peer-to-peer learning, and networking activities. Following the U.S.-based program, American participants will travel to select European countries to assist YTILI Fellows to implement their business action plans and joint projects in their home communities.

The YTILI Fellowship program is a program of the U.S. Department of State and is supported in its implementation by American Councils for International Education.

The program in open for:

  • Business or social entrepreneurs, 25 to 35 years old,
  • with at least two years of experience successfully managing an entrepreneurial venture in their home countries;
  • Citizens and residents of one of the following 49 eligible countries in Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Türkiye, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

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