IN2NYC provides opportunities for foreign innovators in New York

(Guestpost from Danny Kadishson)  I’m excited to share that the City of New York opened applications for the International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC).

This program will help up to 80 international entrepreneurs, selected through a competitive process, expand or relocate their business to NYC.

IN2NYC will pair selected entrepreneurs with a City University of New York (CUNY) institution to form a collaborative partnership.  The program will also help the entrepreneurs create a board of directors here in the United States.  By facilitating these two steps, IN2NYC enables international entrepreneurs to access cap-exempt H-1B visas, rather than the capped pool of H-1B visas that are quickly filled once a year.

Entrepreneurs must already have an established business offering a product and/or service by the time they apply.  Some of the partnering CUNY institutions will seek applicants in a particular industry or technology sector – you can see each participating CUNY’s profile at the website below. We encourage entrepreneurs of all genders, races, nationalities, religions, and backgrounds, to apply to make New York City their business’ newest home.

For more information, to review eligibility criteria, or to apply, please visit  If you have any questions, please see or email  The press release announcing the program’s opening is also copied, below.

Please feel free to share this great opportunity with entrepreneurs around the world who may be interested in applying.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the application deadline of July 29th. Applications may re-open after that date if spots remain.

I want to give credit to my friends at the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and CUNY for partnering to launch IN2NYC, a program that will create jobs for New Yorkers and offer new opportunities to entrepreneurs from around the world!


Danny Kadishson | Director of Economic Development

NYC Mayor’s Office for International Affairs

2 United Nations Plaza, 27th Floor, New York, NY 10017

p: (212) 319-9300  |