It's definitely a refreshing feeling, a sympathizing, refreshing feeling when you meet people, who has just been handed a lifetime opportunity. Last week I have been so fortunate to be introduced, as member of a BAIA delegation, to the five Italian grantees landed in the Bay Area thanks to the US Embassy in Rome and their new BEST program, launched within the Italy-US “Partnership for Growth” initiative promoted by Ambassador Ronald Spogli, and fully supported by the US Department of State, the Fulbright Program and the Italian Confindustria.
A lot of people involved, numerous decisions taken in a limited span of time, many hopes. Hopes that the research projects will materialize in business endeavors, funded from Italy or from the US, thanks to the visibility, the added value, the new academic and professional connections that the program and the extended permanence will facilitate. And of course, that the program will become a periodic occurrence nurturing even more opportunities and ventures. For the time being, us all -BAIA people- heartily welcome this additional Italian presence in the Bay Area, and invite you to learn more about Valentina, Elisabetta, Micol, Abramo and Emanuele directly from them, maybe following their mission for the coming six months.
Benvenuti e Buon Lavoro!