Immigration and Entrepreneurship: A Conversation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

  • Wednesday, May 8
  • Gleacher Center 621, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Register here

The linkage between entrepreneurship and immigration has been proven by numerous studies as has the linkage between entrepreneurship and economic development. Why then can't we make it easier for entrepreneurial immigrants to stay in the United States? The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency responsible for administering immigration benefits, invites you to attend a highly interactive town hall meeting to discuss the issues at the nexus of immigration law, entrepreneurship, and innovation, including policies and practices to make the U.S. a welcoming place for innovation-driven entrepreneurs. The program will feature a panel from the local entrepreneurial community who will discuss their experiences, as well as time for Q&A to discuss ideas to enhance current policies and programs. Contact Tracey Elder with questions.

Panelists include:

  • Alejandro Mayorkas, director, USCIS
  • Ted Gonder, founder and executive director, Moneythink; entrepreneur in residence, USCIS
  • Adolfo Hernandez, director of the Office of New Americans, City of Chicago
  • Ashish Rangnekar, founder and CEO, Benchprep
  • Ellen Rudnick, clinical professor, Chicago Booth; executive director, Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Uzi Shmilovici, founder and CEO, Base
  • Ian Wagreich, partner, Latimer, LeVay, Fyock LLC