Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative 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).
Entrepreneurs are a driving force for economic development, job creation, security, and good governance across Europe. YTILI empowers young European and Eurasian entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks, and resources they need to turn ideas into action and grow successful enterprises. Recognizing that European entrepreneurs face unique challenges to starting a business, the YTILI program is also a vehicle for building a transatlantic network of leaders that can more fully contribute to an ongoing policy dialogue to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems and opportunities for innovation.
The 2017 Fellowship year concluded with a closing summit in Berlin. The 100 YTILI Fellows from the 2017 program gathered in Berlin to meet in person for the first time after their U.S. Experience in one of twelve U.S. Cities: Austin, Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Denver, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, Seattle, and Washington D.C. The fellows were joined by 13 Americans who were hosts and mentors nominated to attend the summit and participate in a transatlantic reverse exchange opportunity. The YTILI Summit included a pitch showcase, the announcement of the 2018 class of fellows, site visits, and breakouts and panels on topics such as entrepreneurial policy, branding, startup financials, embracing failure, women in entrepreneurship, tech policy, and the assets of successful startups. The event served as the capstone to the 2017 Fellowship year as the 2017 YTILI class become alumni.