Fine and Performing Arts

Global Entrepreneur in Residence

The GEiR program brings international entrepreneurs to Columbia to launch start-ups and mentor students, faculty, and staff.

GEiRs base their start-up company at the college and can utilize the cap-exempt H-1B visa available to universities. GEiRs work across campus mentoring students, faculty, and staff in a wide variety of projects that require an entrepreneurial mindset. For example, GEiRs may guest lecture in classrooms, advise on entrepreneurial research, and/or provide mentorship to Columbia community members developing their own startups.

Apply to be a GEiR at Columbia

A GEiR can be a Columbia alum, a student finishing up OPT, a student completing their studies as an F-1, or an international entrepreneur seeking to develop a program in Chicago.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information, contact

Global Entrepreneur in Residence Application

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We’re happy you’re thinking of joining our creative community. We work hard to make our application process as simple and fast as possible, but should you run into any concerns, we're here to help at any time.

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