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Innovation Tour of the U.S.

Feb 12, 2012 - Feb 22, 2012

Major American Hubs of Innovation

Europe trails the United States in innovation and is steadily losing its lead over the emerging economies of China, Brazil, and India. The United States has given birth to many of the world's most successful entrepreneurs and innovative companies. So how can European youth learn from major American innovation hubs like Silicon Valley, interacting with top entrepreneurs and experts, to bridge the innovation gap and enhance Europe's competitiveness?

Rising to the challenge, the European Young Innovators Forum (EYIF) with the support U.S. Department of State is organizing a unique Innovation Tour of the USA. From 12-22 February 2012, a delegation of ten European young innovators will embark on a ten-day mission to the United States. Starting from Washington DC, they will visit major American hubs of innovation like Boston and Silicon Valley, interact face-to-face with top innovation practitioners and experts, experiencing first-hand best, practices of turning innovative ideas into successful projects and businesses.

The U.S. State Department, in collaboration with EYIF, will design, conduct and manage this extensive and detailed multi-state, multi-city programme. More than just a study tour, Innotour USA is a cultural exchange that will have a broad and lasting impact, building bridges between Europe and the U.S. on a common quest for innovation and development. The experience of the participants, serving as good will ambassadors from Europe, will be relayed throughout the trip using live videoblogs and social media posts, tweets and videos on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.

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BILAT-USA (Grant Agreement no: 244434) and Link2US (Grant Agreement no: 244371) Projects are co-funded by the European Union’s Capacities Programme on International Cooperation under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Cooperation.