Entrepreneurship, the primary engine of our prosperity in the last two decades, is endangered by our immigration policy, which makes it very difficult for some of the brightest and most motivated individuals to stay in our country. The StartupVisa movement is trying to unleash the power of immigrant entrepreneurs to create jobs, wealth and innovation in the United States. We are a group of entrepreneurs, technologists and venture capitalists passionate about creating visa reform that allows immigrant entrepreneurs to contribute to the US economy by starting new companies.
As part of our mission, we are visiting Washington DC to meet with notable congressional representatives to brief them on the proposed StartupVisa legislation. We have received positive feedback from a number of members of Congress and this trip will help us advance the legislative reform process.
You can help! Tell us your story!
We want to use your stories to paint a picture in Congress about the potential impact of this legislation. Have you battled visa issues while starting your company? Tell us about your immigration woes. Maybe you were almost kicked out of the US? Or perhaps your financing rounds were affected adversely due to visa risks. Maybe you lost out on a fair amount of equity? Maybe you were trapped in your home country and your company suffered. Maybe you are just twiddling your thumbs, and limited from creating real value because you cannot start your company today? We know there are many stories and situations behind being an immigrant entrepreneur in the US. Tell us your story! Quantify the loss. Qualify the distress.
We will use these stories make the case for StartupVisa reform on our trip to Washington DC – March 3rd through 6th. If you wish, we can also anonymize personal information to ensure confidentiality.
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More stories directly lead to more potential impact of our movement in Congress.
Round 1 Call for Stories Deadline: Feb 27, 2010, 11 PM