Our Mission and Project Plan:
We spread prosperity in metro Hartford by enabling immigrants and refugees to achieve the American Dream of entrepreneurial success.
DID YOU KNOW?
More than one of every four (28.5%) Connecticut residents are foreign born (14.5%) or children of the foreign born (14%).
Immigrants start 30% of the state’s new companies. They start firms at twice the rate of native born Americans.
Connecticut’s immigrant firms earn revenue of $2 billion.
In metro Hartford, immigrant entrepreneurs drive nearly all commercial growth.
In Hartford, immigrant owners of incorporated businesses out-earn, by 40%, privately employed immigrant workers.
IMMIGRANTS AND THE ECONOMY
Seven of our state’s biggest, Fortune 500 companies were founded by immigrants. Nationally, nearly half (43%) of Fortune 500 firms were founded by immigrants or their first generation children.
Nearly half (44%) of Silicon Valley tech companies– including Apple and Google– were started by immigrants or their children.
Immigrants earn half of the STEM doctorates awarded in U.S. A majority of Silicon Valley’s workforce is foreign born.