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IC2 Institute* – “Think and do” tank that explores how innovation, creativity and capital catalyze regional economic development in Austin, across the U.S. and in 40+ countries. IC2 has launched a new initiative “re-thinking entrepreneurship” to reinvigorate the social and economic futures of small cities and rural communities by supporting original research in innovation and entrepreneurship and through the “Home to Texas” internship program – undergraduate students intern with businesses in their hometowns and conduct interviews in their communities to better understand local opportunities and challenges.

Topics: Think Thank, Economic Development, Small Cities, Rural Communities, Home to Texas, Research

Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) – UT serves as a host institution for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Program, the flagship program of the U.S. Department of State’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers rising entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa. During the six-week program on the UT campus, 25 selected entrepreneurial fellows are immersed in academic coursework, community service, leadership development and networking opportunities across the city of Austin.

Topics: Fellowship, sub-Saharan Africa, Exchange, Department of State

President’s Award for Global Learning – International and interdisciplinary program that allows teams of students and faculty mentors to innovate and explore new ideas and solutions in entrepreneurship, social impact, and research around the world. Award winning teams receive up to $25,000 to implement their project and fully funded summer travel. Previous award winners include a team working with local entrepreneurs in Cambodia to co-generate waste management solutions and a team in South Korea working with a university partner to develop a mental health mobile app.

Topics: Global Learning, Global Research, Social Impact

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) UT serves as a host institution for Latin American entrepreneurs that are selected for the U.S. Department of State’s Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative. The competitively selected fellows for this program spend four weeks in Austin, are placed with a host company or entrepreneurial enterprise and participate in on-campus workshops focused on business and leadership.

Topics: Latin America, Exchange, Department of State