Workshop series for international entrepreneurs, students and employees: what start-ups and companies need to know

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Startup companies, individuals considering starting or working with a startup company, and startup founders are invited to a three-part workshop series designed to help navigate employee/employer and founder matters relating to leveraging local yet foreign talent (i.e. students on visas and new graduates on visas) and what university faculty and students in paid positions in labs (for example), need to know regarding startups formed to commercialize innovations originating in a university lab.  Details and flyer are here:  Immigration Workshop Series – Spring 2019

Is your company prepared to recruit top talent from around the world? Do visa policies of the new administration
seem hostile to your business needs? Harris Beach PLLC, Syracuse University CASE and the Syracuse Tech Garden invite start-ups and established businesses to join their seminar series:  International Entrepreneurs, Students and Employees – What start-ups and companies need to know about immigration, visas, corporate structure and planning.

There are three workshops in the series:

What Employers Need to Know About Immigration and Hiring Top Talent
February 28
4:00-5:30 – Presentations
5:30-6:00 – Light Refreshments & Networking
Tech Garden
235 Harrison St
Syracuse, NY 13202

Corporate Structure & Operating Agreements for the International Student Start-up
March 19
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
NYS Science & Technology Law Center at SU College of Law
The Collaboratory, Dineen Hall
950 Irving Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244

Technology Innovations in Academia: Patents and Intellectual Property for Start-Ups
April 10
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Syracuse University, iSchool – Hinds Hall
Katner Conference Room – Room 347
Syracuse, NY 13244

Panelists for February 28 include:

Jennifer Crisp is the director of the Syracuse University Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), the office that manages the intellectual property that results from the research and scholarly activity of the University community. Ms. Crisp has lead SU’s Technology Transfer function since 2011 and began her technology transfer dedicated practice in 2007. Her work in intellectual property transactions and management draws on a strong past practice in contracts, compliance, and general corporate matters.

Featured Panelist:
Andrea Godfread-Brown counsels employers and foreign nationals who wish to work, live or join family in the U.S. She has extensive knowledge in recruitment of highly-skilled talent for the fields of higher education, health care, technology and science. Andrea regularly handles J waivers, H-1Bs, O-1s and EB Permanent Resident petitions for many industries. She has also assisted small and start-up tech and engineering companies sponsor employees.

Featured Panelist:
David DiMaggio is program manager of the Syracuse University CASE Center Industry Co-Op program. His extensive background includes experience with employers and college career centers to develop recruiting strategies to facilitate the connection between college students and local employers. He is active with professional trade organizations and various economic development agencies in the promotion of college internship programs.

Featured Panelist:
Ronak Gandhi, PhD, P.E, is a senior electrical engineer at JMA Wireless, where he works on base station technology like dynamic power control, active antenna solutions and research on 5G technology. Ronak is part of IEEE standards group, where he contributes towards formulating Mobile Health standards. He is also a board member of Technological Alliance of Central New York (TACNY).

Please register on-line:

For questions from Syracuse University participants, feel free to reach out to David DiMaggio at CASE or Jennifer M. Crisp at the Syracuse University Office of Technology Transfer.