The newest installment of the Kauffman Sketchbook video series tells the great American success story of an immigrant entrepreneur who starts with very little yet achieves great things. The video features Gururaj "Desh" Deshpande, an Indian American venture capitalist and entrepreneur, who is co-founder of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT and the Deshpande Foundation.
In the video titled "Land of Opportunity," Deshpande recounts his entrepreneurial journey that began in India and flourished in the United States. His story serves as an example of America's heritage as a nation of immigrants whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit are sources of tremendous economic strength.
Research confirms that immigrants attracted to the United States for its pro-growth culture and excellent universities often stay and create valuable, fast-growing startup firms. For example, Kauffman research reveals several key findings:
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