Category: Immigration

Beyond the Index: The Critical Role of Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

Beyond the Index: The Critical Role of Foreign-Born Entrepreneurs

Q/A WITH SAI PRASHANT BOYREDDY, PRESIDENT & CO-FOUNDER, GREAT LAKES NEUROSCIENCE     Earlier this month, we at the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition (ISTC) released new data on the record growth of startup activity at in-state universities through our Illinois Innovation Index. Over the past five years, students and faculty of Illinois’ universities have founded 942 […]

The Startup Act: What Is It And How It Would Help Illinois

The Startup Act: What Is It And How It Would Help Illinois

In Partnership with SSTI, October 2017 In late September, Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Mark Warner (D-Va.) along with Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) re-introduced the Startup Act to grow innovation and foster economic growth nationally.  This month, Catalyst is partnering with SSTI – a national, nonprofit that advances science, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship –  […]

Startup Visa, DACA Under Threat: Why It’s Bad, And What You Can Do About It

Startup Visa, DACA Under Threat: Why It’s Bad, And What You Can Do About It

In Partnership with FWD.us and the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) The contribution of immigrants to the American workforce, entrepreneurship, and innovation is vital.  Immigrants make up an outsized proportion of the workforce and start companies at a far higher rate than native born citizens, boosting innovation and job creation in the US. In 2014, […]

The Critical Role of Immigrants in Illinois’ Tech Economy

The Critical Role of Immigrants in Illinois’ Tech Economy

Immigration was one of the most talked about issues of the 2016 presidential election. With the election now behind us and a new administration entering the White House in 2017, immigration reform will continue to be top of mind. For this issue of Catalyst we’d like to explore the critical role that immigrants play in […]