The Institute of Design was honored to host Mayor Rahm Emanuel, several Chicago area universities and entrepreneurs on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, as he announced the City of Chicago is working with five local universities to create Global Entrepreneur in Residence (Global EIR) programs. These programs will provide pathways to an H-1B visa for highly skilled immigrant entrepreneurs by partnering with local universities to grow their companies in Chicago. In addition to Illinois Tech other participating universities include Columbia College; DePaul University; Loyola University and Northwestern University.
The City would partner with participating universities by marketing their GEIR program to potential applicants, and helping create connections with the startup incubator/VC community who may be able to help source prospective program applicants and provide some financial support.
Soon, IIT will be reviewing the GEIR concept, compiling questions, and discussing how design will be prioritized in the program that could be employed by the University in early January of 2018.