The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund announced a grant for Instituto Tecnológico de las Américas (ITLA) and the New York Institute of Technology to create the Innovation Across Borders program.
This program will promote entrepreneurship and will be structured around joint design challenges completed by students at both institutions. The joint projects will accelerate students’ commercial and social ventures and motivate them to develop specific action plans to carry out upon return to their home countries. Through the program, students will also build networks, linkages, and lasting partnerships to attract investment and support for their entrepreneurial ventures.
The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is an initiative created by the U.S. Department of State in alliance with Partners of the Americas, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and other government, private sector, and civil society institutions. This year, the Innovation Fund will facilitate 14 new higher education partnerships between the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. These grants will provide new exchange and training opportunities for students in several fields, including: agriculture & food security, business, education, environment, language & culture, media communications, public health, technology and tourism.
Since its inception in January 2014, the Innovation Fund has awarded 118 grants to teams of 235 higher education institutions from 25 countries in the Western Hemisphere region.