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America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Part I


Vivek Wadhwa


Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering; Stanford University - Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance

AnnaLee Saxenian


University of California, Berkeley - School of Information

Ben A. Rissing


Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Behavioral Policy Science (BPS)

G. Gereffi


Duke University - Department of Sociology - Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness

January 4, 2007

Duke Science, Technology & Innovation Paper No. 23

Abstract:     
This purpose of this research was to assess the contribution of skilled immigrants in the creation of engineering and technology businesses and intellectual property in the United States. We found there was at least one immigrant key founder in 25.3% of all engineering and technology companies established in the U.S. between 1995 and 2005 inclusive. We estimate that together, this pool of immigrant-founded companies was responsible for generating more than $52 billion in 2005 sales and creating just under 450,000 jobs as of 2005. This research shows that immigrants have become a significant driving force in the creation of new businesses and intellectual property in the U.S. and that their contributions have increased over the past decade.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 41

Keywords: entrepreneur, immigrant, high tech, patent, regional development

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Date posted: June 11, 2007  

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Wadhwa, Vivek and Saxenian, AnnaLee and Rissing, Ben A. and Gereffi, G., America's New Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Part I (January 4, 2007). Duke Science, Technology & Innovation Paper No. 23. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=990152 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.990152

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Vivek Wadhwa (Contact Author)
Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization, Pratt School of Engineering ( email )
Durham, NC 27708
United States
Stanford University - Arthur & Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance ( email )
Crown Quadrangle 559 Nathan Ab
Stanford, CA 94305-8610
United States
AnnaLee Saxenian
University of California, Berkeley - School of Information ( email )
102 South Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-4600
United States
Ben A. Rissing
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Behavioral Policy Science (BPS) ( email )
Cambridge, MA
United States
Gary Gereffi
Duke University - Department of Sociology - Director, Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness ( email )
Box 90088
Durham, NC 27708-0204
United States
919-660-5880 (Phone)
919-684-2855 (Fax)
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