YTILI Exchange Program

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship program for emerging entrepreneurs from Europe. In 2021-2022, a cohort of young European entrepreneurs from 45 European countries will participate in a robust fellowship program.

Beginning in October 2021, YTILI will build a dynamic network of leaders that supports entrepreneurial partnerships between the people of Europe and the United States through networking events, international conferences, and alumni engagement.

The fellowship includes an online and in-person entrepreneurship curriculum; a placement with a business or organization in one of nine U.S. cities; opening and closing conferences in Chicago and Washington, D.C.; and a regional Innovation Summit in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

The 2021-2022 YTILI Fellowship Program will run from October 2021 to September 2022, with U.S. travel elements scheduled for March 22, 2022 – April 27, 2022.

Application deadline: March 1, 2021, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (March 2, 2021, 7:59 am Moscow time)

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  • You must be between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application and a citizen of the Russian Federation living and working in Russia.
  • Have at least two years of experience at their current social or business venture.
  • Able to begin the YTILI Mini MBA Entrepreneurship Curriculum in November 2021 and their U.S. based experience in March – April 2022.
  • Are eligible and able to receive a U.S. J-1 Visa.
  • Are 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.

Full eligibility requirements can be found on the YTILI website. 

  • Mini MBA Entrepreneurship Curriculum
      The Mini MBA Entrepreneurship Curriculum will provide YTILI Fellows the opportunity to connect their entrepreneurial knowledge and their leadership mindset through both virtual and in person components.
  • U.S. Fellowship
      YTILI Fellows will spend five weeks in the United States and experience entrepreneurship in action in one of nine U.S. cities through a fellowship placement.
  • U.S. Based Conferences
      The U.S. Fellowship will launch with an Opening Conference in Chicago, IL in March 2022.
  • Innovation Summit & Reciprocal Exchange 
      Reconvening in Ljubljana, Slovenia in September 2022 for a Regional Innovation Summit, Fellows and fellowship hosts will engage in professional development, mentorships, networking, and alumni activity.>

Application deadline: March 1, 2021, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (March 2, 2021, 7:59 am Moscow time)

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Since its launch in 2016, YTILI has supported approximately 300 alumni from across Europe to bolster their business skills and expand their transatlantic partnerships.

YTILI is funded by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by WorldChicago.