Programs for Entrepreneurs

International Innovators Initiative


Creating a pathway for international entrepreneurs to bring their companies to New York City.

Program Overview

The International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) aims to address the challenges faced by international entrepreneurs when attempting to obtain a work visa by helping them become eligible for uncapped H-1B visas. The program is aimed at international entrepreneurs who are selected through a competitive process with a partner school. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to build their businesses in their partner shool's co-working spaces alongside other innovators while using their areas of expertise to contribute to campus life through activities such as participation in academic research and mentorship of student entrepreneurs.

By harnessing and distributing international entrepreneurial talent around New York City, IN2NYC will create high-quality jobs, foster the development of new entrepreneurship ecosystems, and provide educational resources for students and faculty.

The program is open to international entrepreneurs who have started businesses abroad and would like to relocate or expand to New York City, as well as international students graduating from US universities or Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs who have founded their businesses while on student visas.

Applications for the program became available on December 17, 2018. Learn more and apply at

Partner Institutions

The following schools will be partnering with entrepreneurs through the IN2NYC program:

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