Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiation Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) of the U.S. Department of State and is supported in its implementation by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).
On October 14, 68 young European entrepreneurs will arrive in the United States for a one week experience as part of the 2018 YTILI program. These young European entrepreneurs between the ages of 24–35 represent 42 countries and will participate in a series of activities designed to strengthen their businesses and create a transatlantic innovation network. Our 2018 YTILI Fellows will arrive in one of nine U.S. cities that have established or emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems that will support the development of the fellow’s business by enhancing their skills and networks. In each of the cities, YTILI Fellows will have the support of a mentor team as they navigate the economic ecosystem of their host city. As part of the experience, fellows will be meet with organizations and institutions that support and collaborate with business and startups, engage with peer entrepreneurs, participate in a pitch competition, set up individual appointments to further their goals, and explore the culture of their host city. Further, the experience will expose fellows to how innovation ecosystems function in the United States and how this compares to their home countries. The fellowship will conclude with a group convening in Washington, DC led by experts in innovation, business, and policy.