The Fulbright Commission announces the winners by the end of May. The winners leave for San Francisco at the beginning of September.

WHAT’S BEST PROGRAM

Best Program (Business Exchange and Student Training) is a bilateral program Italy-USA that aims to train the future Italian corporate innovation leaders and to nurture the Italian innovation ecosystem by exposing our tech talents to the best practices of Silicon Valley, transferring key learnings, and contributing to the economic growth and technological development of Italy.

Today, established companies everywhere in the world face the challenge of technology innovation that comes from startups.
An experienced leader in open innovation will be a must-have in tomorrow’s corporate managerial functions and a basic requirement for every company’s success.

The BEST program allows Italian talents to get first-hand experience in Silicon Valley, the only place in the world where there is no two-sides, as everybody speaks the same language: the language of innovation.

6 MONTHS OF ACTIVITIES IN SILICON VALLEY

Coordinated by Mind the Bridge

Startup School

1 month of hands-on courses on lean startup methodology and open innovation, held by local professionals, entrepreneurs and Stanford and UC Berkeley professors.

Internship

5 months part-time internship in Silicon Valley tech companies,
startups, accelerators, or EU innovation outposts
in the region.

Friday speakers series

Every Friday BEST participants will participate to a private 2-hours session with local high-calibre innovation professionals and entrepreneurs.

Weekly sessions

With Mind the Bridge program managers to check that learning objectives are being met by the participants and that the internships are running smoothly.

WHO CAN APPLY

The application is open to italian citizens (<35 years old) in possession of a Bachelor degree or Graduated or PhD or attending a PhD. The program is also open to students in art, fashion and design.

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KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Numbers at a glance: Startup and jobs created, sales, projects funded and other key indicators that confirm the success of BEST program.

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WINNERS
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HIGH TECH STARTUPS CREATED IN ITALY
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MILLION EURO OF FINANCING ROUNDS, PRIMARILY BY US FUNDS
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MILLION EURO TOTAL TURNOVER BY THE 37 STARTUP
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NEW JOBS CREATED
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COUNTRIES WHERE THE STARTUPS OPERATE: ITALY, SINGAPORE, UK, USA
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EDITIONS TO DATE
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ITALIAN REGIONS OF ORIGIN OF THE WINNERS

NEED MORE INFORMATION

Contact us at: info@fulbright.it

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