March for Innovation

TechStars is joining the Partnership for a New American Economy for the March for Innovation (#iMarch), which will bring together leaders from the technology and startup communities in a digital march for smart, comprehensive immigration reform. This includes a new visa for entrepreneurs, additional visas for high-skilled immigrants and permanent residency for graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Immigration reform is a central issue for the tech and startup communities. Talented entrepreneurs from around the world continue to play key roles in many new companies, and their impact is clear:

  • More than 40% of Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants or their children
  • 28% of all companies started in the US in 2011 had immigrant founders
  • More than 1/4 of tech companies report having difficulties hiring talent and number of Americans studying in STEM fields grows by less than 1% per year

I hope you'll join the push for immigration reform and get involved with the March for InnovationYou can help by:

  • Share the #iMarch with your networks. Click here for some great content you can share with your networks!
  • Host an event in your city. The #iMarch will take place on May 22nd and 23rd, and many incubators and accelerators are hosting events that evening. If you're interested, please reach out to who can provide support on planning a discussion, coordinating logistics and connecting with other local partners and resources.