Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program

Now you can stay in the country and accelerate your business

We’re by your side

Launching a startup company is hard.
Doing it as an entrepreneur from another country who graduated from one of our universities is harder.
We provide the support you need, when you need it, beginning with visa sponsorship.
With thoughtful and meaningful connections, resources and mentorship.
Backed by our years of experience and expertise.

Visa sponsorship

By locating your company at the Venture Development Center, and working part-time contributing your specialized expertise to faculty, students and others who are trying to turn their ideas into action, you can obtain a cap-exempt H-1B visa anytime during the year.

Unprecedented access to company building experience

Spend the rest of your time developing your company until it can independently sponsor your visa. We’ll provide ongoing support based on a disciplined process that pushes you toward success. Our team has worked with over 1,000 startups from the ground up. 13 of the 34 entrepreneurs have already “graduated” with long-term visas such as green cards.

Professional workspace

Grow your company cost-effectively in an award-winning 18,000 sf harbor-side facility with every imaginable type of instrument and workspace for technology and life science at your disposal.

Thriving community

Join 19 other Global Entrepreneurs-in-Residence from universities including MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Penn State, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and Stanford.

Strong backing

The first-in-the-nation Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence program began in late 2014, authorized by Session Laws: Chapter 287 of the Acts of 2014. The program is sponsored by the State of Massachusetts, Silicon Valley Bank, Goodwin Procter as well as other corporations.

Startup friendly terms

You do not have to give up equity in your company in order to become a Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence.



Visa Success Rate

New Companies

Employees at Companies

Dollars Raised By Companies

“It was two weeks ago when I learned my visa petition was approved. It was a big relief as I was literally being kicked out of the country…”
Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence and MIT Sloan School grad Alessandro Babini, co-founder, Humon


Global Entrepreneurs-in-Residence are a select group of the most promising who want to move to or remain in Boston after graduation to launch the next big technology or life science company. You are welcome to apply to become a Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence if:

  • You are an entrepreneur at a young, high potential company;
  • Your company is underway in terms of incorporation, financing and corporate governance;
  • You possess the necessary skill, experience and talent to qualify for an H-1B visa; and
  • You are committed to collaborating with UMass to further your own entrepreneurial training and the success of other entrepreneurs (e.g., by mentoring a student, training an intern, lecturing in class).

Your company is responsible for Venture Development Center membership fees and other related expenses.

Interested in becoming a Global Entrepreneur-in-Residence?

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, complete the form and we’ll be in touch for a telephone then in-person interview. You’ll get valuable legal advice on how to position yourself for long-term success.

Join us in making news

Entrepreneurs Are Being Deported — And They Might Be at the Center of America’s Coming Immigration Fight, Entrepreneur, February 21, 2017

It’s Not a Startup Visa, but It’s Close, Bloomberg Businessweek, October 20, 2016

Let Foreign Students Stimulate The American Economy, Forbes, October 6, 2016

U.S. colleges court foreign entrepreneurs who need visas, Washington Post, July 6, 2016.

Startups and immigration: Myths, lies and half-truths, TechCrunch, June 17, 2016

Don’t send foreign entrepreneurs packing, Boston Globe, April 4, 2016.

Private sector’s aid keeps startup program alive, Boston Globe, March 14, 2016.

How Tech Startup Founders Are Hacking Immigration, Bloomberg Businessweek, February 10, 2016 

Unshackled Will Offer Investment Capital to Mass. Global Entrepreneurs-in-Residence, October 15, 2015

Mass. ‘Global Entrepreneur’ program gets boost from bank deal, Boston Business Journal, September 17, 2015

Baker budget proposes $100,000 for foreign entrepreneurs’ program, Boston Globe, May 8, 2015

‘We’re In A Race For Talent’: Mass. High-Skilled Visa Workaround Back In Budget, WBUR, April 30, 2015

Venture capitalists open-source new visa approach for foreign-born founders, Boston Globe, April 16, 2015

Baker’s shortsighted choice on tech and immigration, Boston Globe Opinion, February 12, 2015

Grad giveaway ended, Boston Herald Editorial, February 9, 2015

The Remedy to America’s Stalled Startup Activity: Immigration Reform, Forbes, January 22, 2015

Gov. Baker plans to slash ‘Global Entrepreneur in Residence’ program, Boston Business Journal, February 4, 2015

Advice for Charlie Baker: Patrick Programs Worth Keepings, Boston Globe, December 26, 2014

Can states solve the immigration crisis?, CNN Money, September 29, 2014

Massachusetts’ clever immigration reform workaround, Fortune, April 14, 2014

Massachusetts Has An Innovative Approach To Immigration Reform, Brad Feld, April 11, 1014

Economy will benefit from immigration reform, The Hill, February 14, 2014