Washington (PRWEB) February 10, 2014
With an economic crisis nipping at their heels, many young Europeans are realizing the importance of boosting innovation to create solutions to the challenges they face and encourage future growth.
Cultural Vistas is delighted to welcome eight young professionals from seven European countries – most of whom have already founded their own startups and have made known their desire to inspire a more entrepreneurial mindset back home – for Innotour USA, a 10-day visit to the United States under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP).
The delegates – representing Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Portugal, and Romania – begin their program today in the nation’s capital. The group will then have the opportunity to travel to New York City and San Francisco to meet with fellow innovators to discuss and explore various perspectives on best practices and trends related to innovation and entrepreneurship in America.
The tour includes meetings with prominent entrepreneurs and experts, as well as planned visits to an array of centers for innovation, startups, and major media and tech organizations.
This short-term professional exchange is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and managed through the U.S. Mission to the European Union in partnership with the European Young Innovators Forum. The national program itinerary, designed by Cultural Vistas in close cooperation with the Department of State in order to accomplish the following objectives:
Innovation & Entrepreneurship | Regional Voluntary Visitor Project, Europe
Program Itinerary, Hosts, and Themes
Washington, D.C. | Cultural Vistas and U.S. Department of State | February 10-12
New York, N.Y. | U.S. Department of State, New York Program Branch | February 12-16
San Francisco, Calif. | Global Ties San Francisco | February 16-19
About Cultural Vistas
A non‐profit organization, Cultural Vistas has facilitated professional exchange programs and services for visitors coming to the United States, and Americans seeking overseas experiential learning opportunities, since 1950. As one of seven National Program Agencies (NPAs), Cultural Vistas works in close cooperation with the U.S. Department of State to administer, design, and implement IVLP programs that directly support and advance U.S. foreign policy goals. — Learn more at culturalvistas.org.
About the International Visitor Leadership Program
Launched in 1940, the International Visitor Leadership Program seeks to build mutual understanding between the United States and other nations through carefully designed professional visits for current and emerging foreign leaders. Each year some 5,000 International Visitors are selected by U.S. embassies to travel to the United States through IVLP. More than 330 current or former Chiefs of State or Heads of Government are IVLP alumni. — Learn more at exchanges.state.gov/ivlp.