MIOIR Doctoral Researcher selected for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Sebastián Arriagada was chosen by the US government as one of the Younger Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). This program recognizes prominent young people in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship.

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During the last months (June and July), Sebastián had the opportunity to travel to the United States, where he participated in a series of activities focused on training the continent's new leaders. Sebastián was in the state of Texas, where he spent five weeks getting to know the innovation ecosystem, working with the University of Texas as a visiting student.

YLAI is six-week exchange program open to young entrepreneurs and emerging leaders from Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada. This program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State and is an opportunity for participants’ to improve their leadership and entrepreneurial skills through hands-on experience, online coursework, face-to-face training, and access to a network of business leaders throughout the Western Hemisphere. The 2022 YLAI fellows were selected through a competitive application process, with over 2,300 eligible applicants. They work in diverse industries including clean energy, health care, technology, arts and culture, agriculture, hospitality, and marketing.

Sebastián Arriagada is conducting a PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (STIP) at the Alliance Manchester Business School, supervised by Cornelia Lawson and Mercedes Bleda.

The STIP programme is taught by members of the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research - a world-leading centre for the study of science and innovation policy and management.

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