The Role of Participating Entrepreneurs in the Gateway Accelerate Program

Benefits of Entrepreneurs

Qualifying entrepreneurs who are chosen to participate in the Gateway Accelerate program will receive the support and resources they need to be successful! All program participants will receive the following benefits as part of their participation in the Gateway Accelerate program:

Assistance in applying for a cap-exempt H-1B visas.*

Enrollment in an intensive 12-week entrepreneurship boot-camp customized to engage the entrepreneur in their current stage of growth.

Shared office space in one of the area’s leading entrepreneurial center.

Receive access to office amenities, support services, and technical equipment for up to 18 months.

Opportunities for mentorships, network development, and access to capital.

* Visa decisions will be made by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Gateway International Accelerator nor UMSL will be in any way responsible for, undertake, certify, or guarantee any aspect of the H-1B visa application process or outcome.

Responsibilities of Entrepreneurs

As part of the Gateway Accelerate program powered by UMSL|Accelerate, participating entrepreneurs must:

Be willing to incorporate their business in the United States and establish an independent board of directors for their US based business efforts.

Commit to utilizing their expertise by contributing to the mission of UMSL and the UMSL Accelerate community. Such as by collaborating on academic research, developing programs, or mentoring or hiring students.