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NYCEDC And CUNY Launch IN2NYC Program For International Entrepreneurs

NYCEDC is excited to announce the launch of a new program designed to help international entrepreneurs create jobs in New York City. 

The International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) will help international entrepreneurs gain access to the visas they need to grow their businesses in the Big Apple. Selected entrepreneurs will be partnered with one of seven City University of New York (CUNY) institutions, enabling entrepreneurs to qualify for cap-exempt H-1B visas. Entrepreneurs will use their expertise to contribute to school communities while building their businesses in school incubators, bringing new services, revenue streams, and employment opportunities to neighborhoods across New York City.

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 connects international entrepreneurs 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 NYC, as well as international students graduating from U.S. universities or Optional Practical Training (OPT) programs who have founded their own businesses while on student visas.

Additional information can be found here.

If you’re interested in learning more about the program, please contact International[at]

© 2016 Courtesy of New York City Economic Development Corporation