Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) 

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship program for emerging entrepreneurs from Europe. The YTILI Program will engage a cohort of young European entrepreneurs in program activities to enhance the transatlantic dialogue between business leaders from Europe and the United States and create sustained cross-cultural collaboration.  Hungarian entrepreneurs are encouraged to apply.

The 2022 YTILI Fellowship Application is now open! Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2022.
Please note that if safe travel is not possible at the time of the YTILI Fellowship, this program will be conducted virtually.

The mission of the YTILI Fellows Program is to promote mutual understanding, enhance entrepreneurship and leadership skills, and build lasting partnerships between business leaders from Europe and the United States. YTILI Fellows are entrepreneurs between the ages of 25-35 with at least two years’ experience managing a business or social venture in their home countries. The YTILI Fellows will participate in an in-person and virtual Entrepreneurship Curriculum, a fellowship placement in the U.S., and have the opportunity to participate in a Reciprocal Exchange. The Fellowship is designed to empower young entrepreneurs to grow their ventures and foster global partnerships. 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 World Chicago.

The YTILI Fellowship includes the following

  • FOUR WEEK fellowship placement in the United States.

  • A virtual and in-person ENTREPRENEURSHIP curriculum, developed and taught by DePaul University and GEA College.

  • SMALL GRANTS for alumni to increase professional development.

  • RECIPROCAL EXCHANGES for some American host organization mentors to assist YTILI Fellows implement project action plans.

Key dates

FEB 1, 2022 – MARCH 15, 2022: Application Open

JULY 21, AUG 18, SEPT 15, 2022: Virtual Entrepreneurship Curriculum begins

OCT 4, 2022 – NOV 9, 2022: U.S. Experience, including a four-week U.S. fellowship and opening and closing conferences

JAN 2023 – FEB 2023: Virtual Entrepreneurship Curriculum continues

MARCH 2023: Reciprocal Exchange in Europe

The 2022 YTILI Fellowship Application is now open! Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2022. Apply at

Hungarian YTILI Alumni

Since its launch in 2016, the YTILI Fellowship Program has empowered approximately 300 alumni from across Europe to bolster their business skills and transatlantic partnerships. To date, ten Hungarian entrepreneurs have participated in the program.

 In 2020, Dóra Pálfi YTILI alumna was featured on Shark Tank Hungary and was successful in getting 20 million HUF (approx. $60,000) from two “sharks”! In her pitch, Dóri also talked about her experience participating in two exchange programs in the U.S., Youth Leadership Program with Central Europe (YLPCE) and Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI), which inspired her to create and perfect her product. Hers is a great example of the incredible power of exchange programs and the immense opportunities they provide. Watch Dori’s pitch and the entire episode here.

Are you interested in applying? Watch Anna Tóth, E-Com Entrepreneur at The Millennial Women Network and Reliable Education, YTILI 2017 alumna, give tips in this video about how to write a winning application.

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