Innovation Gap Innotour
16 December 2011

One step closer to reducing the Innovation Gap

Have you been following our EYIF Facebook page lately? It all started with a few garages and some years: from 1901, to 1940,  or even 1998..we looked back at some of the biggest businesses that started nowhere else, but behind the doors of some ordinary garage in US. For years now, Silicon Valley has become a ‘must see’ on every entrepreneur’s travel list. There is something particular about the energy, the atmosphere and the fresh spirit of this US innovation hot spot. So no secret is with great pleasure that we officially launch our European Competition for InnoTour USA ! Curious what it is?

InnoTour USA is the unique Program that European Young Innovators Forum  runs in partnership with the U.S. Mission to the EU, and aims to bridge the 2 sides of the Atlantic when it comes to the topic of innovation. Starting in Washington DC and the Northeast, 10 young European innovators will visit major American hubs of innovation like Silicon Valley, meet with top entrepreneurs and experts, and experience first-hand the best practices of turning ideas into innovation during a 10 days tour, between 12-22 February 2012.

The applications for the InnoTour USA will be closed on the 5th of January 2012. The competition is open to all young innovators within the age limit of 36, from all European Union countries. See full profile criteria, as well as application requirements here.  Best of luck, Europe! The InnoTour USA is designed to be an Exchange Program, from which both Europe and US are gaining. We strongly believe it’s a learning experience based on the value of shared knowledge and mutual collaboration. It’s not only about what you yourself get from the InnoTour USA, but also what you are willing to bring back to the Europeam Community in order to add value and help foster innovation in Europe.

What would you be interested in bringing back to Europe? Would that element help reduce the Innovation Gap we face in Europe?