CEI strives to support Arizona startups so that they can create future jobs and strengthen our local economy. But you’d be surprised to learn how many international entrepreneurs have made the decision to call the Phoenix Valley home! With founders from France, Germany, India and more, CEI is proud to serve as a melting pot for innovative ideas that come from all over the globe.
We’ve discovered that entrepreneurs need access to people with different perspectives to solve today’s toughest problems. That’s why we jumped at the opportunity to host YTILI Fellows for two weeks!
The YTILI (Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative) Fellowship is a program through the German Marshall Fund of the United States. Their mission is to “strengthen transatlantic cooperation” and encourage international dialogue about innovation and entrepreneurship. Of the 11 participating American cities, Phoenix was lucky enough to host four of these inspiring young entrepreneurs!
Split between Seed Spot and CEI, YTILI Fellows have had a packed schedule learning about entrepreneurship in the U.S., meeting leaders in the community, and using these new experiences to inform their own ideas.
So that our Fellows have a taste of what investors are looking for in the States, we organized a pitch panel to help them practice. That way, they could get feedback and feel better prepared when they have to pitch to the real deal.
Keep reading to learn about Phoenix’s YTILI Fellows and see photos from their practice pitch!