The most important of the industry and with the best track record of successes.
It is funded by companies, institutions and the Italian Regions who can use the European Social Fund for Entrepreneurship (ESF).
John R. Phillips
US Ambassador to the Republic of Italy and the Republic of San Marino
Ronal P. Spogli
CEO Freeman & Spogli, Los Angeles, former US Ambassador to Italy (2005-2009)
David H. Thorne
Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, former US Ambassador to Italy (2009-2013)
Italian Business & Investment Initiative CEO, New York, Chairman of BEST SC
Dean Alma Graduate School
CEO LUISS Enlabs
Direttore Contenuti Mediaset Premium
CEO Ernst & Young Italia
Managing Partner Innogest
CEO Mind the Bridge, San Francisco
Marketing Director Radio Dimensione Suono
Chairman CNR (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche)
Quadrivio/TT Ventures Investment Director
CEO Enel Green Power
Elizabeth McKay, Nicholas Giacobbe
US Embassy in Italy
The tender is managed by the Fulbright Commission in Italy and issued on December; it ends on March 30 of the following year.
Each candidate submits his/her idea by filling the forms that will find online (Fulbright Italy website)
After a first selection of the application received on-line, the candidates with the best ideas will be invited to Rome for an interview in English.
Members of the Fulbright Commission, industry experts and a representative of the University of Santa Clara compose the selection committee.
The Fulbright Commission announces the winners by the end of May.
The winners leave for Santa Clara University at the beginning of September.
The scholarship covers all costs: taxes and tuition fees, housing, monthly allowance, health insurance, program fees, books, transportation, orientation program in Italy before departure and an orientation program upon arrival.
The European Social Fund (ESF) is the main policy tool used by the EU to support employment, ensure more equitable employment opportunities for all.
The ESF invests in human capital: workers, young people and those in search of a job. With a budget of € 10 billion a year, the ESF will increase the employment prospects of millions of European citizens, paying particular attention to who is more difficult to find work.
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The ESF to Italy in 2007-2013 amounted to € 14 billion from EU funds (6.9 billion €) and National (€ 7 billion).
The goal of BEST is to award least 300 Italians per year at a cost of Euro 525,000 per Region
The European Social Fund 2014-2020 is enhanced especially in the following areas: