An exchange program for Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, and the U.S.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Professional Fellows Program (PFP) brings emerging leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia to Chicago for short-term 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.
The overall goal of the program is for the PFP Fellows to gain insight into best practices in tech innovation, entrepreneurship, and education and how an effective urban tech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem operates. PFP Fellows are competitively-selected tech leaders 25–40 years old, fluent in English.
Since 2015, WorldChicago has hosted more than 40 fellows in Chicago for four-week fellowships. Companies and organizations that host PFP Fellows are then eligible to participate in a fully-funded U.S. State Department-sponsored reciprocal exchange to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, or Slovenia.
All PFP Fellows stay with Chicago-area homestay hosts during the program.