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geir-logoAmerican colleges and universities are competing globally for top talent. Flashstarts’ Global Entrepreneur-In-Residence (Global EIR) program provides colleges and universities with a mechanism to increase global outreach and expand entrepreneurship offerings to students. Through this program, academic institutions leverage the expertise and experience of international entrepreneurs who serve as technical experts and mentors for students.

How it Works:

For universities:

International entrepreneurs dedicate 20 hours of their experience and expertise per week toward the universities’ mission. Contribution includes mentorship and office hours, published research, and facilitating collaboration between universities and industry.

For International Entrepreneurs:

In return, the entrepreneurs receive an H-1B visa that is not subject to the visa lottery. Through this program, foreign entrepreneurs are able to develop their business ventures in the U.S. without worrying about their immigration status.

Community Benefits:

Flashstarts has launched the Global EIR program in Northeast Ohio in order to serve as a resource for our local collegiate entrepreneurship programs and encourage international entrepreneurs to build their businesses in our region.  

Our Role:

FSlogoFlashstarts was founded in 2012 and has successfully launched over 40 startups in Northeast Ohio. Through the Global EIR program, Flashstarts can increase the quality pool of fundable startups. We will use our comprehensive array of experience and skills to assist universities in recruiting and interviewing top international talent for the Global EIR program. These entrepreneurs are given full access to our mentorship network and the expertise of our executive team as well as the potential for funding from investors in our network. We’re here to build innovative, world-changing startups, support our local entrepreneurship programs, create wealth, and help revitalize our economy.

Global EIR around the Country:

The Global EIR program was first established in Massachusetts in 2014. Subsequently, 6 more universities have launched or are launching the Global EIR program. Flashstarts is bringing this program to Northeast Ohio for the first time with the goals of securing differentiated resources for our local entrepreneurship programs and encouraging international entrepreneurs to build their businesses in our region.  

To join us as either a university or an entrepreneur or for more information, please email