BEST scholarship is a program in cooperation with the US Embassy to Italy, the Fulbright Commission in Italy and Invitalia. It prevents Italian brain drain by allowing top talented Italians with an innovative high-tech idea to learn how to create a start-up by studying and working in Silicon Valley. Candidates are Italian PhDs, engineers, economist, art, fashion and design practitioners under 35 year old with an innovative business idea in the high-tech space. The winners spend an academic year in the USA studying entrepreneurship followed by an internship with a Silicon Valley start-up to learn the how-to. Upon returning, each candidate is mentored for 6 months to create a start up.
NOVA aims to encourage Italian students to participate in leading international MBA programs, to motivate them to return to Italy upon the completion of their degrees, and to create a network for communication and personal contacts with the Italian-American community.