Apply for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship 2018 for European Entrepreneurs

YTILI Fellowship: Empowering European Entrepreneurs

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.

Why Apply?

  • Gain professional experience, skills, and connections valuable to enhancing your business or social venture.
  • Network 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 the growing network of dynamic European and Eurasian entrepreneurs committed to enhancing the transatlantic relationship and contributing to the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystems in their home communities.


Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other protected characteristic as established by U.S. Law. Please review the following eligibility requirements for the YTILI fellowship:

  • Are between the ages of 24 and 35 by January 29, 2018.
  • Currently resides in one of the participating countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, CzechRepublic, 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.
  • Are eligible to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa.
  • Have at least 2 years of entrepreneurial/leadership experience with a startup business or social venture.
  • Are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  • Are not a U.S. government employee.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing and speaking English.

Additional Information

Click here for frequently asked questionsapplication eligibilityapplication instructions, and the YTILI one pager.



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