YTILI Fellowship: Empowering European Entrepreneurs

The YTILI Fellowship Program application for 2021 has closed. Please check in again in January 2022 for the next edition.

Launched in 2016, the Young Transatlantic Innovative Leaders Initiative Fellowship (YTILI) is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship program for emerging entrepreneurs from Europe.

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 Innovation Summit in Europe, an online and in-person entrepreneurship curriculum; a four-week placement with a business or organization in one of nine U.S. cities; and opening and closing conferences in Chicago and Washington, D.C.. The Fellowship generally runs from April to October, with U.S. travel components.

Read about Swiss YTILI alumnus Silvan Kraehenbuehl’s invaluable experience in the U.S.:

Apply to YTILI

The YTILI Fellowship Program application for 2021 has closed. Please check in again in January 2022 for the next edition.

  • 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.

Learn more about YTILI Program Goals and YTILI Program Activities

Applicants are…

  • Between the ages of 25 and 35.
  • Applicants who are citizens of the following 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, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom.
  • Applicants must be living and working in their country of citizenship.
  • Able to begin the YTILI Mini MBA Entrepreneurship Curriculum in November 2021 and their U.S. based experience in March – April 2022.
  • Eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 visa.
  • Have at least two (2) years of experience at their current social or business venture.
  • Proficient in reading, writing and speaking English at the time of application.
  • Are committed to returning to his or her home country after completion of the program.
  • Have not participated in an exchange visitor program sponsored or funded by the U.S. Department of State in the past five years.
  • Are not residing or working outside of Europe at the time of application.
  • Not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States or have applied for U.S. permanent residency in the past three years.
  • Not a U.S. government employee.