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About this scholarship

Santa Clara County and TVLP Institute support entrepreneurs and innovators from Florence, Italy, with this scholarship program.

The County of Santa Clara and the Metropolitan City of Florence have a Sister County relationship that promotes the exchange of art, commerce, culture, education, and technology. The County has established the Florentine Young Entrepreneurs Technology Grant for young entrepreneurs who want to create a new venture and learn the Silicon Valley best practices.

TVLP Institute contributes to addressing this goal by matching dollar-for-dollar the County financial aid for one or more successful applicants who will qualify to attend a TVLP Institute in-person immersive program. Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and other successful Santa Clara County residents contribute to this project by offering additional learning and networking opportunities.

Santa Clara County is the epicenter of Silicon Valley, with cities like Cupertino, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and San Jose. It hosts some of the most advanced tech companies - Apple, Google, Cisco, Intuit, Nvidia, HP, Amazon, etc. - and is home to entrepreneurs and venture capitalists.

Amount awarded

There are 2 scholarships of $2,000 each ($1,000 by the County + $1,000 by TVLP). Scholarships are assigned in the order applications are received (apply as soon as possible).

Lorenzo Zuolo (TVLP 2017), PhD Engineering Science, university grant program

Applicant eligibility

  • At least 21 years old.
  • Resident of the Metropolitan City of Florence or enrolled in a university graduate program, for at least 6 months.
  • Pass the TVLP Institute selection process for an in-person program.

How to Apply in 3 steps

  1. Learn about the TVLP immersive programs' goals and structure with classes, mentoring, site visits, and networking events. And apply to one or more (select the Florentine Grant). See this page and the Application Form.
  2. Attend all the admission steps and qualify.
  3. Follow the instructions of the TVLP Admissions Team and complete the scholarship application with the County.
Grants are assigned in the order applications are received. Apply now!


Italian participants in Silicon Valley with dr. Fred Cohen, angel investor and computer scientist, best known as the inventor of computer virus defense techniques

For full eligibility criteria, see the Florentine Young Entrepreneurs Technology Grant description, application note, and the TVLP program's terms and conditions. Remember to apply to TVLP and qualify to attend a program following the "How to Apply in 3 steps" instruction before filling up the County grant request.