A change for the BEST
Innovation inspires and permeates our work: that’s why we are proud to support a high-profile, innovative cultural exchange program called BEST, in cooperation INVITALIA and a Steering Committee that manages and ensures that young entrepreneurs have access to the Italian and US ecosystem to launch and grow their start up .
BEST stands for Business Exchange and Student Training; the program provides young Italian citizens holding a Degree or a PhD with grants for the intensive Entrepreneurship and Management courses offered by the Startup School of the prestigious California-based Mind the Bridge organization. Over a period of six months, participants develop their start-up idea by exploring best US cultural and business practices in Silicon Valley. The ultimate goal is to stimulate economic competition and the creation of a high-tech entrepreneurial culture in Italy.
Training focuses on the Silicon Valley experience and methods for business development, startup creation, corporate operations and legal issues. Education, training on the job and mentoring equip the attending students with a comprehensive starter-kit of knowledge, confidence and leadership – key tools to tackle market and entrepreneurial challenges, fostering the launch of healthy, successful startups.
The results are impressive: since the program’s inception in 2007, the 89 Italian selected applicants have set up 37 startups in Italy, with over 320 jobs created. The activities range from biotechnologies to innovative health care solutions, from environmental sustainability to software applications. The BEST Program website provides an in-depth look at some of the most peculiar startups’ case histories, such as advanced CRM tools, cosmic debris cleanup, biofuels, and more.
Applications open until end of March
The opportunity to join this exciting exchange program with Silicon Valley should not be missed, but time is of the essence. Selections for the 2019 grants are about to close: candidates must turn in their applications by March 31st.
For more information and to download the 2019 tender and application form, please visit the BEST Program website.