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 2019 YTILI class was announced in March 2019. This year’s cohort includes 50 fellows from 41 countries across Europe and Eurasia as well as 15 American mentors from five different U.S. cities: Austin, Boston, Denver, Seattle, and Washington, DC. The entire group will meet for the first time to kick off the 2019 Fellowship year in Rotterdam, The Netherlands from June 1-3. The Opening Summit agenda includes ample networking opportunities, a panel discussion on city ecosystems, and breakout sessions with built-in time for each fellow to pitch their business. This cohort will also break into groups by placement city to plan for the U.S. experience, which will take place this coming September, and receive individual feedback on their personal and professional goals.