Six entrepreneurs to represent Panamá in the U.S. for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative -YLAI

YLAI 2016 group photo

The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce the 2017 cohort from Panama for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.  The YLAI program supports the United States’ commitment to increase trade and investment in the region.

Alexander Batista Trevia, Felipe Chen, Zu Hurley, Nay Quintero, Felipe García and Mariery Young have been accepted, out of more than 3,000 applications, to the YLAI Professional Fellows Program. The fellows are business and social entrepreneurs engaged in start-ups, small businesses, non-governmental organizations, and similar entities focused on consulting, e-commerce, education, entrepreneurship development and support, marketing and branding, mobile applications, and women’s and youth empowerment.

In the words of Vice President Mike Pence, “bring even more of our business culture of entrepreneurship and innovation all across Latin America so that your [Latin America’s] prosperity and our prosperity will continue to expand together.” The five-week program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States to augment their business or social venture plans, learn from U.S. counterparts, and share best practices.

The YLAI Professional Fellows Program kicks off at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  The young leaders then participate in four-week fellowships in cities throughout the United States, where host-businesses mentor and guide the fellows through an entrepreneurship curriculum. The program concludes with a closing Summit in Washington, D.C. focused on leadership and skills development training. Fellows return to their ventures with new skills, resources, on-going support from U.S. counterparts and an improved network, strengthening business ties between the U.S. and Panama.

The website includes information about the YLAI Professional Fellows Program and the YLAI Network.  The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State funded this program, which is implemented by the Meridian International Center in partnership with Atlas Corps and Entrepreneurs’ Organization and community-based members and universities throughout the U.S.

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Meet Panama’s 2017 YLAI felows!

YLAI Panama 2017
Left to Right: Felipe Chen, Nay Quintero, Alexander Batista, Zu Hurley, Felipe García y Mariery Young