Business Exchange & Student Training

Mission: To foster competition and the entrepreneurial high-tech culture in Italy via a transfer of US best practices through an exchange program with Silicon Valley

Program modules: 1. 3 months of classes in the Santa Clara University to study entrepreneurship 2. Each student works for 5 months in a start-up in Silicon Valley 3. After the repatriation(*), students are supported for 6 months by an Italian tutor to launch their own start-up

Scholarship: tuition fees + travel + housing + monthly allowance + health insurance

Target: Bachelor degree, PhD students (<35 year old) with high-tech ideas or early start-ups

Actors: USA Embassy to Italy, Fulbright Commission, INVITALIA, Italian Consulate in SF, Fondazione CRT

For details about the tender, timing and process please refer to

(*) Grantees enter the United States with a J1 Visa whereby they must leave the US upon completion of the program and cannot be employed in the US for 2 subsequent years