Starting-up in America: Entrepreneurs' Struggle with Immigration


November 30, 2015 at 7pm


WeWork Charging Bull
25 Broadway
9th Floor
New York, NY 10004
United States


Dara Adams

Our current immigration system lacks a pathways program for self-employed entrepreneurs coming into the United States. Immigrants are the backbone of our nation, but we in turn do very little for entrepreneurs and startups to create jobs for other Americans.

Last year, presented recommendations from the tech community to the White House in an Entrepreneur Pathways Brief. Yet, two years before' policy brief, filmmaker Tarik Ansari produced a short documentary "Starting-up in America" about the immigration issues faced by international Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. We are excited to welcome Tarik to our FWD New York Chapter to share his documentary and participate in a panel discussion along with other entrepreneurs and business leaders to address some of the recent policy shifts that have happened to help international entrepreneurs.



7:00pm - 7:30pm: Sign in/Welcome
7:30pm - 8:10pm: Starting-up in America with Tarik Ansari
8:10pm - 9:00pm: Entrepreneurs Pathway Panel with Tarik Ansari, Reza Chowdhury, and Brian Frumberg


Our Panel

Dir. Tarik Ansari

Tarik Ansari was born with the tinkerer and entrepreneur bug. Taking apart electronics as a child, he started a web hosting company at 14 and launched the first European teacher rating site in France. He has studied and lived in 5 countries and received his Masters at 20. After having spent a couple years in the San Francisco Bay Area incubating innovation ideas, Tarik now codes away in NYC.

Reza Chowdhury, AlleyWatch

Recognized as a global thought leader in the startup ecosystem, Reza Chowdhury is the CEO and Founder of AlleyWatch, the largest organization focused on NYC technology. He is also the Founder of New York Startup Lab, a software development firm with a specific focus on early stage companies. Previously, Reza was involved with several entrepreneurial ventures and began his career as securities trader on Wall Street. Reza was recently named as one of the 100 most influential people in NYC Tech by TechWeek and is a 2015 NYC Venture Fellow, a world-class, year-long fellowship program designed to help high-potential entrepreneurs scare their ventures. 

Brian Frumberg, VentureOut NY

Driven by a passion for technology and startups, Brian planted his flag in 2012 with the launch of VentureOut, which has been working since 2012 to find the best startups around the world to help them connect with the opportunities available in NYC and San Francisco. To date, they have supported over 500 startups from 18 countries and are flying in new cohorts of promising startups every two weeks! Prior to VentureOutNY, Brian worked independently as a strategy consultant to early-stage technology business in NYC, ran a business development for OTR Global, a boutique broker-dealer and equity research firm, and served as an Institutional Sales Associate for Standard & Poor's, where he was the youngest institutional salesperson globally. 


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