About Global EIR

About Global EIR

Global Entrepreneur In Residence (Global EIR) enables the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs to continue to choose the United States as the best place to build their businesses and create jobs.


We partner with universities to connect entrepreneurs with visas and allow them to grow their companies locally through a service commitment to the local community.


With programs running in Anchorage and Boston and increasingly everywhere in between, our goal is to unlock the potential of a new generation of entrepreneurs and have them use their opportunities to create professional opportunities in the innovation economy for Americans around the country.


Check out the impact we’ve had since our founding in April 2015!

Who We Serve

Global EIR works with a large number of communities within a region, building bridges and serving as a convening platform to support growing startup ecosystems. We are proud to support efforts that enable women, people of color, and first-generation college students to acquire the skills they need to get their first internships and jobs in the tech industry.


  • International Entrepreneurs
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Investors
  • International Students
  • Immigration Attorneys
  • Economic Development Agencies
  • Corporate Partners
  • Startup Communities
  • Civic Leaders


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What We Do

Global EIR provides access to our knowledge base of best practices and experts for our university partners to launch and operate our program to support international entrepreneurs.


Entrepreneurs make a service commitment to the school and Pledge 1% to create professional economies in the innovation economy ranging from serving as mentors, managing student interns, and sharing job opportunities locally.


We help local communities retain and attract promising entrepreneurs to give back to the towns, cities, and states that take a bet on unlocking their potential through Global EIR.

There’s nothing more frustrating than when a visa problem causes a promising startup to shut down. Global EIR offers a proven method for keeping a business in the United States. And it’s not just an idea—Global EIR has already helped a growing number of entrepreneurs gain access to the visas they need to grow their businesses and create American jobs. I’m excited about the potential of Global EIR as a valuable tool to build entrepreneurial communities around the country.

- Brad Feld, partner at Foundry Group and board co-chair of Global EIR