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 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.

Partner Institutions

The following schools will begin accepting applications for the program in 2016:

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