YTILI Fellowship: Empowering European Entrepreneurs

Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative Fellowship is a program of the U.S. Department of State and is supported in its implementation by The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF).

YTILI empowers young European entrepreneurs and innovators with the tools, networks, and resources they need to grow their enterprises and contribute more fully to economic development and job creation, security, and good governance in the region. YTILI is also a vehicle for building a transatlantic network of innovators that can contribute to ongoing policy dialogue that strengthens the transatlantic relationship.

The YTILI Fellowship will engage young European entrepreneurs in a series of professional development and leadership activities that are designed to support the growth and development of commercial and social business ventures in their home communities. The fellowship includes an Opening Summit in Europe, a week-long experience in a U.S. host city, a Closing Conference in Washington, DC, and online engagement-training opportunities. The Fellowship generally runs from April to October, with U.S. travel components planned for September 2019.

Read about Swiss YTILI alumnus Silvan Kraehenbuehl’s invaluable experience in the U.S.: https://ch.usembassy.gov/swiss-entrepreneur-silvan-visits-u-s-for-ytili-fellowship/

The application period for 2019 has expired. The 2020 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program application period opens in January, 2020. If you are interested applying for the 2020, please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates.

  • Gain professional experience, skills, and connections valuable to enhancing your business or social venture;
  • Connect with a dynamic group of experts and mentors in the United States and Europe;
  • Expand your professional network and develop relationships with peers and counterparts on both sides of the Atlantic;
  • Explore the policy context, financial landscape, and networks of U.S. entrepreneurial ecosystems;
  • Join a growing network of dynamic European entrepreneurs committed to enhancing the transatlantic relationship and contributing to the growth of entrepreneurial ecosystems in their home communities.

Applicants are…

  • between the ages of 24 and 35.
  • a citizen of one of the participating countries*: Albania, 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, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
  • residents in one of the participating countries*: Albania, 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, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
  • eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.
  • listing at least two (2) years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience with a startup business or social venture.
  • not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • not a U.S. government employee.
  • proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.