Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program 2018

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Fall 2018 Cohort

In fall 2018, 250 Latin American and Caribbean entrepreneurs participated in the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. These outstanding entrepreneurs are working to transform their communities and the region.

Meet the 2018 YLAI Fellows

The Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) empowers entrepreneurs to strengthen their capacity to advance their entrepreneurial ventures and effectively contribute to economic and social development in their communities. In fall 2018, 250 YLAI Professional Fellows from Latin America and the Caribbean expanded their leadership and entrepreneurial experience through fellowships at businesses and organizations across the United States. Through the YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute and the individualized Fellowships, YLAI Fellows accelerated their ventures’ success and developed specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. YLAI Fellows have built networks, linkages and lasting partnerships to attract investments and support for their entrepreneurial ventures. YLAI 2018 Fellows participated in the following program components:

  • Four-week U.S. Fellowship:With U.S. Fellowship Hosts in their fields of expertise, YLAI Professional Fellows gain valuable professional development skills at entrepreneurial organizations or companies across the U.S. and work jointly on an action plan to be implemented upon Fellows’ return to their home countries.
  • Washington, D.C. Closing Forum: YLAI Professional Fellows participate in a closing conference and networking event with top U.S. government officials as well as global public, private and nonprofit leaders.
  • YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute: YLAI Professional Fellows expand their leadership, entrepreneurial and management skills and knowledge through online and in-person trainings that complement their U.S. Fellowship.
  • Post-Fellowship Sustained Engagement: After successful completion of the U.S. Fellowship and YLAI Entrepreneurship Institute, YLAI Professional Fellows continue their collaboration with U.S. partners and have access to ongoing professional development opportunities, mentorships, networking and alumni activities. YLAI Professional Fellows will be eligible for Innovation Small Grants to fund scaling activities, Travel Grants to attend conferences, and a chance to welcome a Fellowship Host to their country to share expertise and expand the Host’s understanding of the entrepreneurship climate in YLAI Professional Fellows’ home countries

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