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Next PDE Briefing to Address Immigration & Innovation

Mark Marich

The next PDE briefing on Capitol Hill will look at the much-discussed and debated issue of what to do about foreign talent as we try to jumpstart the economy. Innovation, Immigration & the Knowledge Economy is scheduled for Monday, April 6 from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm [register to reserve your space].

New businesses and innovations come from multiple sources: entrepreneurial companies, universities and even customers. But, they also come from overseas—including smart and talented individuals who come to the United States for a top-quality education and stay to launch new companies. This base of foreign talent is a key component of our innovation economy. Unfortunately, this critical flow of talent is slowing due to immigration policy constraints and increasing opportunities at home. This translates into fewer startups and innovations, which is hurting our innovation economy.

What are the implications of these patterns and what should we do to respond? We will be tackling these issues during our next Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship briefing.

Innovation, Immigration and the Knowledge Economy will include presentations from the following experts:

Vivek Wadhwa, Senior Research Associate with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and an executive in residence/adjunct professor at the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, will be sharing results of new research on global talent flows.

Tim Kane, a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, will present a new study that reviews current thinking on the linkages between immigration and global innovation performance.

Amir Hudda, President-Elect of the Washington D.C. chapter of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) and a technology entrepreneur, will share his remarks based on years of practical knowledge. He has started three technology companies in the past 14 years that have raised almost $100 million from US and foreign venture capitalists and investment banks.

[register to reserve your space]

Note: The House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and the Senate Select Committee on Ethics have been consulted about this meeting which is considered consistent with House and Senate rules.

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