How to Apply to the Gateway Accelerate Program
International entrepreneurs who have started a business and would like to relocate or expand their business to St. Louis and/or sufficiently funded startups, or international students graduating from U.S. universities who have started their own businesses and/or have sufficient funding can submit an online application for the Gateway Accelerate program during one of the bi-annual cohorts.
Qualifying applicants will be notified if they have progressed to the second round of the application process within a few weeks of the closing of the open application period. Shortly after, candidates will be required to participate in a phone or video interview with Gateway Accelerate to determine if the candidate is eligible for a cap-exempt H-1B visa and discuss their businesses and interest in the program.
*Gateway Accelerate is no longer accepting applications for Cohort 1. Please stay tuned to find out when we will begin accepting applications for Cohort 2.
If Selected to Participate in the Gateway Accelerate Program
All entrepreneurs selected to participate in the Gateway Accelerate program will be notified of acceptances within two weeks of their phone or video interview. Participation in the program will be contingent up on execution of a collaboration agreement with UMSL and fulfillment of specific corporate requirements necessary to qualify for a cap-exempt H-1B visa.
Upon finalizing all terms of their collaboration agreements with UMSL, the selected entrepreneurs will must fulfill any outstanding requirements necessary for qualifying for an H-1-B visa, such as making sure their business is incorporated in the United States and forming an independent board of directors. Then the selected entrepreneur’s companies will be required to submit visa applications on behalf of the entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs should receive notification of their immigration status within 2-3 weeks of visa application submission.
*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.