The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative

The Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) Fellowship Program engages young European entrepreneurs in a series of professional development and leadership activities that are designed to strengthen the transatlantic dialog between business leaders from Europe and the United States and create sustained cross-cultural collaboration.

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.

Eligibil fellows must:

Have citizenship and live permanently in the Republic of Moldova (permanent residents of the Transnistria region may be considered regardless of citizenship) Note: Citizens of eligible countries residing in a different eligible country due to specific geo-political reasons may apply and will be considered by the Department of State on a case-by-case basis.

Be business or social entrepreneur, 25 to 35 years old, with a demonstrated track record of at least two years of experience successfully managing an entrepreneurial venture in their home countries. “Business entrepreneur” is defined as a person who has successfully started his or her own for-profit business and has successfully maintained the business for at least two years. “Social entrepreneur” is defined as an individual who implements an innovative solution to a pressing social challenge employing a job-creating and/or revenue-generating business model. Such social enterprises can be for-profit or non-profit;

Demonstrate commitment to develop, enhance, or lead an existing venture. During the application process, successful candidates must provide a well-articulated action plan they will work to refine and for which they will seek support during their fellowships.

Demonstrate viability of their current ventures through indicators such as: investment to date, current or planned number of employees, profits, social impact analysis, and an overall track record of achievement in the field.

Be self-directed and able to work effectively in a cross-cultural setting. Committed to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Demonstrate proficiency in both written and oral English. Participants must have “working-level knowledge of English” which will be verified by WorldChicago.

Not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of the United States
Not be a U.S. Government employee

Be eligible for a U.S. J-1 visa. Program participants must return to and reside in Moldova for two years after completion of their program

Preference will be given to candidates who have not previously participated in U.S. Government programs or spent significant amounts of time in the United States.

Please note: Fellows are not allowed to have dependents (including spouses and children) accompany them during the fellowship component in the U.S.

If safe travel is not possible at the time of the YTILI Fellowship, this program will be conducted virtually or postponed.

YTILI Team will conduct webinars for prospective YTILI applicants to provide an overview of the program and answer some frequently-asked questions about the applications. On the website there will be the information on three webinars about the program and application process that will be held on February 9, February 23 and March 9, 2022, all at 9 am Eastern Standard Time (4:00 pm Chisinau time.)