Thinking about a turning point and how a U.S. business know-how & experience can help you move forward? 

Planning a global scale to the U.S. market?

If the answer is YES to any of these two ...

 we encourage you to apply for the YTILI program. 

YTILI - The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative Fellowship Program

is the U.S. Department of State's flagship program for European entrepreneurs.


It's a 5-week U.S. experience for building your business, expanding your U.S. and European network and  empowering yourself as a leader. 

The 2024 YTILI Fellowship Application is OPEN.

 Please submit by March 24, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST.

Why would you apply? We'll give you 5 reasons:


Program, travel & accommodation costs are covered. Please check for details here

Is the YTILI program for you?

then the answer is YES

Check details regarding eligibility here.

Still not sure ... read what alumni have to say about the experience

Matteo Forte

  2017 YTILI, Italy

If you are an entrepreneur building your venture, it can be hard to step away for a few weeks. We all know that, but YTILI is a unique opportunity for you and your venture to reach important goals and connect with amazing people from all over the world. You’ll regret it if you don’t do it.  (more)

Silvan Kraehenbuehl

2018 YTILI, Switzerland

There is no better way not only to make a whole bunch of awesome new friends, but also to develop a strong international business network and gain a deeper understanding of the US ecosystem. To this day, I regularly hold calls and mastermind sessions with YTILI colleagues from both Europe and the US. (more)

Christina Athanasopoulou

2017 YTILI, Finland

In order to validate my business idea & plan, I applied for the YTILI fellowship. The result? Not only I was selected to represent Finland to the program, my pitch was also selected among the top 10 of all fellows of the year 2017. More in the blog.

Nikoloz Gogochuri

2018 YTILI, Georgia  

This experience will forever stay in my book of the greatest memories and amazing experiences. More in a blog.

Elena Nikolova 

2018 YTILI, Bulgaria

I applied for YTILI because I felt stuck. Working 24/7 on my venture, I was starting to lose sight of the big picture.  ... There is a lot to be grateful for in my life, and my YTILI experience is definitely on the top of my list. More in the blog

YTILI Program includes: 

Check for more information here.

Interested ... and you have more questions? Join us on the webinar!

We'll address the questions like: Where do you begin? Should you apply? What does it take to be a successful applicant? 

Join us on webinar on March 15th, 2023 at 5.30 CET, where you can ASK us anything.

Register here: 

A few more YTILI experiences ...

Elke Pihler & Kumsal Basyurt

Isabel Bustos & Kjartan Thorsson

For more information about the program,  application or how you can get involved write to: 

WorldChicago, organizer, U.S. office:

CEED Slovenia, European partner: 

The YTILI Fellowship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by WorldChicago. CEED Slovenia is the European partner. 

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