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Professional Fellows Program with Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and North Macedonia

WorldChicago launched the Tech Innovation, Education, and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program in May 2015. Since then, we have hosted over 100 emerging tech and entrepreneurship leaders from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia and North Macedonia for one-month fellowships in Chicago.

Program Dates for the Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellowship Program for Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, North Macedonia, Montenegro and the United States: October 16, 2020 - November 19, 2020

Applications Are Closed for 2020

The program gave me the international perspective on technological advances in the world and introduced the wonderful city of Chicago filled with diversity and bursting with new technological ideas. I was inspired by this experience to create space for new generations in my hometown, to be united in the passion for learning, technology and innovation.

Tanja, Bosnia & Herzegovina, 365 Solutions, Founder


October 17- November 23, 2019

Applications Are Closed for 2020

Learn more about the program:

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, North 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.

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Gain Insight

The overall goal of the program is for the participants in the Professional Fellows Program to gain insight into best practices in tech innovation, entrepreneurship, and education and how an effective urban tech innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem operates.

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25–40 years old

The Professional Fellows Program participants are competitively-selected tech leaders 25–40 years old who are fluent in English.

Being part of the very first professional fellows’ group from North Macedonia has been exceptional and rewarding experience for me, both on a professional and personal level. The program has broadened my views on development and project opportunities, widened my network of professional contacts and opened a window of possibilities for future regional cooperation, activities, and projects.

Ana, North Macedonia, CEED Macedonia, Project Manager

Homestay Hosts

All Professional Fellows Program participants stay with Chicago-area homestay hosts during the program.

100 Fellows hosted in Chicago since 2015

Since 2015, WorldChicago has hosted more than 100 fellows in Chicago for four-week fellowships. Companies and organizations that host Professional Fellows Program participants delegates are then eligible to participate in a fully-funded U.S. State Department-sponsored reciprocal exchange to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, North Macedonia, or Slovenia.

Seeking Fellowship Hosts

WorldChicago is currently seeking Chicago startups, tech companies, incubators, co-working spaces, and innovation hubs to serve as fellowship hosts for our PFP Tech Fellows. To learn more about this unique opportunity, contact Peggy Parfenoff for more information: or 312.254.1800 x101.

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2019 Conference

Check out the most recent alumni conference in Croatia in March 2019!

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WorldChicago Fellow with her host and Board Member, Bruce Leech of the DePaul Coleman Entrepreneurship Center
Want to know what alumni of the program are up to?

Catalyze is an alumni network of 100 emerging leaders, entrepreneurs, leaders in innovation, entrepreneurship and business supporting organizations, private companies or universities from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia who experienced Tech Innovation and Entrepreneurship Professional Fellows Program in Chicago.

The greatest gain from my stay in Chicago is the fact that I witnessed how one can transform the young technology students into successful entrepreneurs. Action is what drives society and this cannot be stressed enough.

Goran, North Macedonia, Elevate Global DOO, Co-Founder & CEO


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