Global EIR

Global EIR (Global Entrepreneur in Residence) helps immigrant and international student entrepreneurs launch high-growth startups and create jobs in Southeast Michigan.

Global EIR, a partnership with the University of Michigan's Economic Growth Institute, provides participants with a clear visa pathway. Global Detroit recruits and vets applicants to the program, followed by a screening and assessment process with the Economic Growth Institute. Selected entrepreneurs are then affiliated with EGI, making them eligible for H-1B visas (universities are not subject to the cap on H-1B visas). While at EGI, the Global EIRs serve as mentors or instructors while working toward the successful launch of their own enterprises.

Global EIR seeks to enhance Southeast Michigan's talent pool of startup founders, attract dynamic startups to the region, accelerate the growth and job creation of immigrant-founded startups and build a global region that attracts talent, investment and interest from international students, immigrant talent, and investors.

Immigrant Startups in the U.S.

  • Immigrants founded 51% (44 of 87) of startups valued at $1 billion or more.
  • Immigrants who came to the U.S. as international students accounted for 23% (21 of 87) of those billion dollar startup companies

Get involved!

  • International graduates and foreign-born entrepreneurs: Apply to become a Global EIR startup founder
  • Investors: Support Global EIR founders through investment

To apply:

To apply for Global EIR or request for more information, click here!

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