Thu, Mar 07


Pour Choices

Immigration strategies for entering the US market (1)

Presented by City of Philadelphia

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Time & Location

Mar 07, 2019, 10:00 AM

Pour Choices, 401 E 6th St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

Session Description

Hear from the City of Philadelphia, one of the most welcoming cities in the US, on the most effective US immigration strategies to expand your company in the US. Jonathan Grode, the US Practice Director of leading immigration law firm Green & Spiegel will share best practices and pathways for US immigration for companies like yours. Karina Sotnik, Director of Business Incubation & Accelerator Programs at the Science Center in Philadelphia, the US’s oldest and largest urban R&D park, will offer expertise on market entry, partnerships and networking. Lauren Swartz, Senior Director of International Business for the City of Philadelphia, will share incentives and opportunities from her city, a top 5 US city for VC returns and start up opportunities.


Jonathan A. Grode, Esq., Green and Spiegel, LLC

Jonathan Grode serves as the Practice Director for Green and Spiegel. Jonathan has worked continuously in the U.S. business immigration law field since 1999 and has amassed considerable experience obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for new company start-ups, professional workers, artists and entertainers, athletes, physicians, and scientific researchers. In addition, Jonathan has significant experience dealing with Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security enforcement actions as well as with EB-5 Investor filings. Outside of the office, Jonathan enjoys international travel, is an avid cyclist and plays tenor saxophone.

Karina Sotnik, University City Science Center

Karina Sotnik is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, adviser, and educator. She spent more than a decade in Silicon Valley in senior positions helping companies grow globally. She also launched three ventures of her own, including WorldUpstart, a consulting practice focused on providing mentorship and advice on best innovation practices to institutions around the world and helping international companies enter US market. She is now a Director of Business Incubation and Accelerator Programs at the University City Science Center where she is managing a suite of Global Soft-Landing Programs.

Lauren Swartz, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

In her role as Senior Director of International Business for the City of Philadelphia at the Department of Commerce, Lauren Swartz leads initiatives to grow Philadelphia’s international business and relationships. With a focus on global business attraction, foreign direct investment, and promoting exports, her work creates jobs and strengthens the local economy. She plays the leading role in crafting the global strategy for Philadelphia and hosts delegations, diplomats, business and investors from abroad, and represents the City of Philadelphia worldwide.

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