WorldChicago’s Tech Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Education Fellowship Program

By Dimitar Tchalakov|November 25, 2014|Uncategorized|0 comments

WorldChicagoJPG200x200An Exchange Program for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia
Sponsored by the US Department of State.

WorldChicago has been awarded a grant through the U.S. Department of State’s Professional Fellows Program to implement a Tech Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, and Education Fellowship Program in FY2015. WorldChicago’s two-way exchange program will bring approximately 20 tech-leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Slovenia to Chicago for four-week fellowships in the spring and fall of 2015. 10 tech leaders from Chicago will travel to the above countries for reciprocal exchanges in summer of 2015 and winter of 2016.
Selected fellows will complete individually-tailored fellowships with leading tech-related companies in a variety of fields, government agencies and NGOs that promote innovation and entrepreneurship, and university and non-university technology incubators. Ten fellows will be selected for the program in the spring of 2015 and ten fellows for the fall of 2015.
Recruitment and selection of candidates will focus on targeting emerging leaders from tech-entrepreneurship community working in the private, public, and NGO sectors. Criteria for each sector are detailed below:
  •   Private sector – Recruitment will focus on entrepreneurial leaders from small or startup business ventures in tech fields that also have a demonstrated track record of civic engagement and/or social entrepreneurship.
  • Public sector – Recruitment in the public sector will focus on public officials whose work is focused on creation of incubation hubs, promoting job growth in tech fields, and/or the promotion of sustainable and inclusive economic development.
  • NGO sector – Recruitment from the NGO community will focus on emerging NGO leaders working on creation of jobs in tech fields and community-based and educational training programs in tech fields for students, women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and other marginalized populations.

In addition to the completion of a four-week fellowship, program participants will participate in group training sessions, workshops on corporate social responsibility, and sessions focused on how to create an effective entrepreneurship/investment climate in an urban environment. Selected fellows will also participate in the U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Congress in Washington, D.C. at the conclusion of the program. The Congress brings together over 200 Professional Fellows from multiple regions and different thematic areas (legislative, economic empowerment, and rule of law) for three days of networking and meetings to complement the fellowship.
In addition to the Chicago-based program, ten tech entrepreneurial leaders from Chicago casino games will also be selected for reciprocal exchanges to travel to Central Europe in summer of 2015 and winter of 2016. The primary feature of these reciprocal exchanges would be a two-day tech innovation summit in Zagreb, Croatia in the summer of 2015 and in Ljubljana, Slovenia in the winter of 2016. In addition to the tech innovation summits, the participants will learn about the entrepreneurship culture in each country, conduct workshops in their areas of expertise, and establish mentoring partnerships between the entrepreneurship civic community in Chicago and each country. WorldChicago will work closely with established in-country partners and selected fellows to coordinate the in-country programs.
For more information please contact John Baum, WorldChicago Vice President at (312)254-1800 ext. 100 or
The application can be found at or by clicking here

WorldChicago 72 East Randolph Street / Chicago, Illinois 60601 / phone: 312-254-1800 / fax: 312-254-1805 /