The 2016 Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) is an international exchange program focused on the themes of entrepreneurship skills and enhanced Euro-Atlantic integration designed for 47 young professionals from 42 European countries. Fellows will begin their program in Washington, DC with discussions about entrepreneurship and innovation in the U.S. including meetings hosted by Google and the U.S. Department of State. Subsequently, they will spend two weeks working at carefully-selected host institutions in one of eight participating cities: Albany, NY; Albuquerque, NM; Charolette, NC; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Huntsville, AL; Pittsburgh, PA; and Seattle, WA. Fellows will be assigned individual mentors and have the opportunity to participate in the day-to-day operations of their host organizations and benefit from job-shadowing and professional interaction with their American peers. The program will conclude in San Francisco, CA for an opportunity to present a strategic plan or community action plan during a pitch session and reflect on their experiences as a group.
The fellows will also have the unique opportunity to attend the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), hosted under the auspices of the White House. GES aims to showcase inspiring entrepreneurs and investors from around the world., creating new opportunity for investment, partnership, and collaboration; connecting American entrepreneurs and investors with international counterparts to form lasting relationships; and highlighting entrepreneurship as means to address some of the most intractable global challenges.
For more information, please check out the link below, featuring an interview with Ioanna Fotopoulou (2016 YTILI Professional)