International Innovators Initiative
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 City University of New York (CUNY) school. Entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to build their businesses in CUNY 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 CUNY 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 October 3, 2017. Learn more and apply at www.in2.nyc
The following schools will be partnering with entrepreneurs through the IN2NYC program:
- City College of New York (Zahn Innovation Center)
- LaGuardia Community College (NYDesigns)
- Queens College (Tech Incubator Center)
- Medgar Evers College (Entrepreneurship & Experiential Leaning Training Lab)
- College of Staten Island (CSI Technology Incubator)
- Lehman College (Bronx Business Bridge)
- Baruch College (Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship)
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