Programs for Entrepreneurs

Programs for entrepreneurs and exchanges offered by the U.S. Embassy.

The Department of State of the United States invites entrepreneurs from Panama to participate in the 2018 enrollment cycle of the program for the Young Leaders of America Initiative (YLAI) for entrepreneurship and leadership. For five (5) weeks, those selected will participate in conferences with US government officials and entrepreneurs in Washington, D.C., as well as being trained with tools to promote their projects.

The program offers a launch event and a Summit in Washington, D.C. which includes lectures, workshops, and directed sessions. Participants will also have four weeks of counseling with a mentor in a company or an NGO and will be part of professional development activities, such as business training and interaction with experts in various fields. Once the program is completed, the fellows will have ongoing support from the YLAI community, through an active network of contacts, advice, and investment opportunities.

The YLAI scholarship seeks to connect the participants of the program with relevant figures from the business world who can offer advice or finance their venture. In addition, it establishes a link of learning and exchange with other young leaders of the region. This project is aimed at young people, between 21 and 35 years old, with two years of experience in entrepreneurship or commercial or social leadership and who have intermediate-advanced command of the English language. Registration for YLAI 2018 will remain open until Sunday, March 4 and will be received via the web at

The Super Chef Panama program is an initiative of the Embassy of the United States and the Association of Restaurants and Allied of Panama (ARAP). It has the support of the National Institute of Vocational Training and Training for Human Development (INADEH), Delta Airlines, the Chamber of Tourism of Panama, Corporación Medcom and the newspaper La Prensa.

The objective of the program is to provide a showcase for young Panamanians to expose their culinary talents, give them scholarship opportunities to study culinary arts in Panama and facilitate their insertion in the labor market.