100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund


The Innovation Fund supports dynamic higher education partnerships, increases student training and exchange opportunities, and strengthens regional education cooperation and competitiveness throughout the Americas.

The 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund is the leading hemispheric-wide initiative supported by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassies, and Partners of the Americas in partnership with visionary companies, foundations, and education institutions working to strengthen collaboration among governments, business, and academia – critical to economies in the Americas.

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Countries in Western Hemisphere


U.S. States

A Snapshot of our Impact across the Hemisphere

Partnerships resulting from Innovation Fund grants provide students with critical access to new opportunities to work in teams, solve real-world problems, and gain technical and linguistic skills – critical for today’s workforce.

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What Students Say

  • The courses were excellent in providing us with information about the diverse cuisine of Colombia and the different kinds of hospitality in the Americas.

    Student Beneficiary, Miami Dade College
  • Traveling abroad to Brazil was an incredible opportunity to think more critically about life back in the U.S. and experience a new culture, while exploring the possibility of joining the energy industry workforce. The trip has given me a newfound desire to be more globally knowledgeable and potentially work abroad.

    Student Beneficiary, University of Tulsa
  • The experiences I had this summer will stay with me for a lifetime, and will continue to guide me in my career in global health.

    Austin Stults, Northwestern University
  • Many times people in Mexico live under the culture where they say, “You can’t do this because you are a girl, oh my poor little daughter.” It is important to say yes, you can. There are great women who have accomplished great things.

    Karen del Rocio Bentacourt Ravelo, Instituto Tecnologico Superior de Poza Rica

In the Media

The latest news featuring the Innovation Fund.