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  • Art & Culture

    Italian Language and PIZZA!

    Last week at Sottocasa Pizzeria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn 23 students studying Italian at John P. Stevens High School Edison NJ attended a very special hands-on workshop where the art of pizza craft was used to deepen understanding of both the Italian language and lifestyle.


    The workshop, organized by the Italian American Committee on Education (IACE), is a part of aseries of fun and interactive outside-the-classroom educational events (‘Mangia Sano e Parla Italiano’) for American students of Italian aimed to expose learners to the full flavor and richness of Italian language and culture.
    Furnished in advance by their Italian teacher Elisabetta Schiavone with the basic vocabulary they would need to navigate the pizza kitchen(see the cartoons/teaching material below) the students were able to follow the very specific Italian language instructions of Laura and Luca Arrigoni (founders and owners of Sottocasa Pizzeria) to make an authentic pizza napoletana.
    Angelika, a third-year Italian student, asks shyly if the typical New York Pizza is the real deal or a pale imitation of the Italian original. Luca proudly answers that the main difference consists in the use of a brick versus electric ovens, the type of dough, and the fresh and simple ingredients (pomodoro, mozzarella and basilico). They explain that Sottocasa strictly follows the oldest Italian tradition and recipes in the art of making pizza. According to Luca “making a real pizza is like making a real piece of art”.
    After a brief introduction about the many virtues of pizza napoletana, the students were invited to work on the impasto (dough), literally con le mani in pasta (hands on), and experience firsthand how difficult it can be. Laura meticulously guides them through the delicate process of mixing and patting the dough with the tips of the fingers stressing that it is like a “gesto d’amore” (gesture of love). Rebecca, who studies Italian because her grandparents are from Naples and would like to be able to communicate with them in their native language, is very surprised at how hard it is to make the dough without breaking it.
    Back in the kitchen Luca, with the help of three student helpers, chosen among those who gave the right answers in Italian about the pizza’s ingredients, is preparing focaccia (hard to make and hard to pronounce) and pizza in the brick oven. Students could finally taste and enjoy the delicious pizza they have been so anxiously hearing and learning about.
    Jordan, a senior studying Italian because “it is cool”, was amazed that the pomodoro (tomatoes) really tasted like pomodoro (tomatoes), the mozzarella really tasted like mozzarella and the cornicione (crust) was so incredibly thin!
    Ilaria Costa-IACE Executive Director- explains that this initiative, among other similar events sponsored by IACE (educational trips to EATALY, Barilla Restaurant, Ferrari showroom and Opera for kids) fully reflects IACE’s  Educational Philosophy that “learning Italian is cool”. This approach (technically called ‘CBI’ Content Based Instruction - acquiring a second language through a fun cultural content) has been proven very effective in promoting the Italian language and culture in the American public and private school system.

    Today IACE supports Italian language courses in over 150 schools in the tri-state area (from Pre-k to 12 grade) and reaches around 34,000 students who are offered access to the best culinary experiences that Italy has to offer, all while learning the language.  Through the use of very simple ingredients (dough, tomatoes, basilico and mozzarella) the students were be able to appreciate the authentic made in Italy brand, to experience a “slice” of genuine Italian culture, while at the same time learning vocabulary, conversation skills, and most importantly, having fun…the best possible way to export our “eccellenze italiane” abroad.

  • Our Next Italian Destination: Milan


    Milan is located in Northern Italy, just south of the Alps in close proximity to Lakes Como, Maggiore and Lugano. Its pleasant summers and picturesque winters provide a beautiful landscape for travelers to explore. Centered on art and fashion this metropolis has something for everyone!


    Milan is home to many cultural institutions. While visiting, guests have the opportunity to experience some of the world’s most well-known works of art. Take a trip to The Castello Sforzesco where Michelangelo's last sculpture, the Rondanini Pietà, is housed. The Milan Cathedral or Duomo di Milano is a must visit! This breathtaking gothic structure took nearly six centuries to complete. If fashion is your forte, Milan is regarded as one of the world’s fashion capitals and is synonymous with Italian fashion brands. Stroll down the city’s most prestigious shopping streets like the Via Monte Napoleone and have your fill of high fashion and design. Like many cities in Italy, Milan has developed its own local culinary traditions! If you get hungry while sightseeing, make sure to sample some traditional Milanese dishes, as this city is well known for its world renowned restaurants and cafés. Milan is a treat for all of the senses! 


    Start planning your trip! Many hotels and resorts in Italy will welcome you with special offers and discounted rates. Fly Alitalia to Milan and experience all of the wonder this city has to offer!! 

  • Events: Reports

    The Good earth, postwar Italian landascape photography by Mario Giacomelli

    The Good Earth features vintage photographs created by seventeen image-makers from towns and cities on the North and Adriatic Coasts of Italy: Valentino Bassanini, Gianni Berengo-Gardin, Ulisse Bezzi, Augusto Cantamessa, Tino Carretto, Romeo Casadei, Arturo Crescini, Ferruccio Ferroni, Eros Fiammetti, Guiseppe Goffis, Carlo Monari, Enzo Passaretti, Santo Piano, Ezio Quiresi, Pietro Todo, Piero Vistali, and Umberto Vittori. 

    These photographers shared a familiarity with and affection towards their subject matter. 

    Their deep understanding of their surroundings allowed them to capture the landscape from the best positions at the ideal time of day to create stunning images.

    These photographs highlight the patterns, textures, and natural light that make the Italian landscape unique. When the human figure appears in the photographs, their relationship with the land is key. They admire the ocean, walk the dirt paths, or harvest food.

    Perhaps the most striking aspect of this collection of photographs is the wide range of emotions they elicit. From peaceful to foreboding, the landscape as depicted by these photographers is able to instill happiness, calm, fear, and wonder in its viewers.

    The cornerstone artist of the exhibition, Mario Giacomelli (1925-2000) sought out and even sometimes created abstract qualities in the Italian landscape.

    Giacomelli was a self-taught photographer. At 13, he left high school, began working as a typesetter and spent his weekends painting. After the horrors of World War II, he turned to the more immediate medium of photography. He wandered the streets and fields of post-war Italy, inspired by the gritty Neo-Realist films of Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini, and influenced by the renewed Italian photographer Giuseppe Cavalli, eventually developing a style characterized by bold compositions and stark contrasts.

    Shying away from more traditional and representational views of the land, Giacomelli's photographs transform the familiar into the foreign through distance, pattern, and stark contrast. 

    With formal training as a typesetter, Giacomelli's graphic compositions come as no surprise. His work can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago and also in many internationally acclaimed museums permanent collection, including Castello di Rivoli in Turin.

    The Good Earth will be on view at the Keith de Lellis Gallery through May 7, 2016. 

  • Arte e Cultura

    New York. Il gala annuale dell’Università John Cabot di Roma

    L’Università John Cabot di Roma, la prima Università Americana pienamente accreditata nell’Unione Europea, onorerà tre illustri Americani durante il gala annuale che si terrà il 5 di aprile 2016 nello storico Union League Club di New York.

    Con oltre 300 amici, sostenitori, ed ex alunni di questa Università nata 44 anni fa, l’evento annuale di fundraising rappresenta l’occasione per offrire un riconoscimento a personaggi eccellenti che si sono distinti nei campi dell’amministrazione pubblica, della filantropia, del diritto, della diplomazia, degli affari, dell’istruzione, ed altri. Il Presidente della JCU, Dr. Franco Pavoncello, presenterà anche i recenti sviluppi alla JCU come l’ampliamento del campus, i nuovi programmi e la marcata crescita del corpo studentesco.

    Tra i premiati di quest’anno figurano Sua Eccellenza l’Ambasciatore Sebastiano Cardi, Rappresentante Permanente per l’Italia presso le Nazioni Unite, che riceverà il riconoscimento Judge Marie Garibaldi Award per il Servizio Pubblico; Paula Frohring, Presidente della Frohring Foundation e membro del Consiglio d’Ammistrazione dell’Università, che riceverà la Medaglia John Cabot University per il suo servizio all’istituzione; e il Dr. Domenic Grasso, Provost dell’Università del Delaware, che riceverà il John Cabot University Award per l’Eccellenza Accademica.

    L’ On. Frank Guarini, ex membro del Congresso degli Stati Uniti e Presidente del Consiglio di Amministrazione della JCU, ha dichiarato che i vincitori di quest’anno rappresentano i modo emblematico i valori della JCU e il suo prestigio nel mondo accademico: “Siamo fieri come istituzione di onorare queste persone esemplari per i risultati ottenuti nelle politiche pubbliche, nella filantropia, nel servizio pubblico e nell’istruzione. La John Cabot University sostiene l’eccellenza accademica e dei servizi in tutto ciò che fa, dai corsi universitari alla composizione della facoltà, dai nostri team e società fino ai Trustee e a tutta l’Amministrazione, che guidano i progressi del nostro brillante e appassionato corpo studentesco. La nostra comunità si riunisce il 5 Aprile a New York, dove celebreremo i continui sviluppi della JCU come prima Università nel suo genere in Europa”.

    Il Comitato organizzativo del Gala include l’On. Frank Guarini, Presidente del Consiglio d’Amministrazione; l’On. Giudice Federale William Martini, Vice-Presidente del Consiglio; ed i Trustee Cav. Vivian Cardia, Comm. Stefano Acunto, e Cav. Frank Desiderio.

    La John Cabot University, fondata nel 1972, è un’università di studi umanistici quadriennale, indipendente, che offre corsi di laurea e post-laurea e programmi di studio all’estero per studenti di madrelingua inglese provenienti da tutto il mondo.

  • Art & Culture

    Announcing the New York City Gala of the John Cabot University in Rome

    John Cabot University of Rome, the foremost fully accredited U. S. institution of higher learning in the EU, will honor three distinguished Americans during its annual gala on April 5, 2016, at New York's historic Union League Club. 

    Drawing more than 300 friends, supporters, and alumni of the 44-year-old university, the annualfundraising event provides the university with a platform to recognize outstanding leaders in public affairs, philanthropy, law, diplomacy, business, education, and other fields. President of JCU Dr. Franco Pavoncello will also showcase recent developments at JCU, including the expansion of the campus, new programming, and the dramatic growth of the student body.

    Among the honorees this year are H E Ambassador Sebastiano Cardi, Italy's Permanent Representative at the United Nations, who will receive the inaugural Judge Marie Garibaldi Award for Public Service; Paula Frohring, Chairman of the Frohring Foundation and university trustee, who will receive the John Cabot University Medal for service to the institution; Dr. Domenic Grasso, Provost, University of Delaware, who will receive the John Cabot University Award for Excellence in Education.

    Former U.S. Congressman and Chairman of the Board of JCU Hon. Frank Guarini said this year's honorees are emblematic of JCU’s values and its status in the world of education: "We are proud as an institution to be honoring these exemplary individuals for their achievements in public policy, philanthropy, public service, and education. JCU stands for excellence in education and in service in all that we do, from our college majors, our faculty, our teams and societies to the Trustees and Administration that guide the progress of our bright, passionate student body. As our community comes together April 5th in New York, we celebrate JCU's continued advancement as the top University of its type in the EU."
    The organizing Committee for the Gala includes Hon. Frank Guarini, Chairman of the Board; Hon. US Judge William Martini, Vice Chairman of the Board; Trustees Cav. Vivian Cardia, Comm. Stefano Acunto, and Cav. Frank Desiderio.

    John Cabot University, founded in 1972, is an independent, four-year liberal arts university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees and study abroad programs to English-speaking students from all over the world.

  • Spring in Italy: Rome!


    Rome is not only the capital of Italy but perhaps one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Centrally located within the country, and just inland of the Tyrrhenian Sea, Rome is your gateway to Italy but first you must see all of the beauty this city has to offer!


    Rome’s history spans more than 2,000 years. With a history so rich, there is plenty to see if you are visiting! While there, visitors can make a wish and toss their coin into the breathtaking Trevi Fountain or explore the Forum, Pantheon and the Colosseum. Visitors also have the opportunity to travel to the Vatican City, a city-state surrounded by Rome. Here, you can visit some of the world’s most famous works of art, like the Creation of Adam, painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling by famous Renaissance artist Michelangelo. If you get hungry between the sightseeing, make sure you stop for a pizza bianca or a gelato. There is something for everyone in this beautiful ancient city!


    Start planning your trip! Many hotels and resorts in Italy will welcome you with special offers and discounted rates. Fly Alitalia to Rome, Fiumicino Airport and you are just a short distance away from the heart of Rome! All-inclusive, round trip fares in Premium Economy  from New York start at $1879!

    Book by March 25, 2016 for these incredible offers!

  • Art & Culture

    Beauty Undefined”: An Empowered Exploration of Women and Beauty

    Beauty Undefined explored the concept of womanhood and societal ideologies regarding beauty. Images of female beauty vary greatly across cultures and time as does what qualifies as “beautiful” among everyday women. Beauty Undefined developed a stronger definition of beauty of the female form by introducing issues of c!ulture and identity through the mediums of photography, illustration, video installations, fine art and street art.

    “I had a different ideology of what I wanted to do in curating “Beauty Undefined”. — I wanted the artist’s voice to be present and not just their work, the part of themselves they’d like to more completely express.

    This show really challenges us all to create our own definitions of the female form in regards to beauty. We need to expand our minds and embrace the fact that there is freedom in letting go of old cultural conceptions of women and beauty. "Beauty Undefined" celebrates that freedom." Co-Curator | Monica Watkins.

    “This show and all of the artwork wishes to celebrate women, embracing their infinite power to mediate their own natural world and the cultural reality that they live in. I wanted to share my work as a curator a!nd as an artist to help those that are the most in need.” Co-Curator | Magda Love.

    "At SELECT, we think Beauty for Freedom serves an essential purpose in engaging the public with the critical human rights issues facing our global community. Our members, who count themselves among next generation of thought leaders and influencers, recognize that a more interconnected world necessitates a corresponding increase in social responsibility.

    We believe events like ‘Beauty Undefined’ are the perfect conduit for accessing this responsibility, and are pleased to find the platform and opportunity to do so in our partner Beauty for Freedom.” Jenny Bapst | Director of Business Development.

    !Notable attendees included SELECT Card Members, Supermodel Melanie Gaydos and famed artists Tim Okamura, Nikola Tamindzic, Toto Cullen and Marco Gallotta.! To purchase “Beauty Undefined” artwork take a look at the link.

    100% of the proceeds from Beauty Undefined will be donated to Project India, a series of art, music, photography and writing workshops produced by anti-human trafficking non-profit Beauty for Freedom in Southeast Asia Spring 2016. Project India mission is to promote self-esteem and self-expression for t!he at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking in India and Cambodia through the arts.!

    Esteemed sponsors included private membership black card SELECT, NYC Art Collective Outlaw Arts, MYX Fusions, Jerome Selections Wines, NOIZY Brands and Beauty for Freedom’s sister organization BK Style F!oundation. Music curated by Boston Chery.!

    Monica Watkins, successful Ford model, artist and philanthropist, combined her passion for helping others and an understanding of the power of art and created Art in Motion, a platform to seek out and nurture young, disadvantaged youth. Through AIM, Monica has created art, music, fashion, and photography workshops to more than 1,300 children in Europe, Haiti, Asia and America. Additionally, Monica has organized/producednumerous charity events and curated several solo and group exhibitions. She is also the Co-founder and Creative Director of Beauty for Freedom, a New York City based anti-trafficking non-profit.

    Magda Love!
    Born in Argentina, Magda Love has lived in New York City for more than a decade. Mostly know by her colorful street art and big public works. The artist forms deeply textured, often ferocious, narratives joining nostalgic images with emotional moments. Her aim is to inspire dialogue about personal experience and prompt a thoughtful pause in the roller coaster of life. Her work, inspired by her travels, her memories, exposes v!ulnerability, strength, nostalgia, sorrow and joy.!

    About Beauty for Freedom & Project India!
    Beauty for Freedom is an innovative, sustainable platform providing the industries of Beauty and Fashion with a means to raise awareness, accountability, and financial contributions for charitable foundations and non-profits who fight human trafficking globally. Spring 2016, Beauty for Freedom will be producing a series of art, music, photography and writing workshops in SE Asia (Project India) meant to promote self-esteem and self- e!xpression for survivors of sex-trafficking. www.beautyforfreedom.org!

  • Life & People

    [email protected] 'Loves Italy' Launches a Special Series in Texas

    On March 4, the long-awaited [email protected] Loves Italy launched a special series in Texas. Curated by Olivia Kim, Nordstrom VP of Creative Projects, the four themed shops will live at Nordstrom Galleria Dallas, Nordstrom Houston Galleria, Nordstrom Barton Creek Square in Austin and Nordstrom The Shops at La Cantera in San Antonio. 

    The Pop-Ins feature 55 Italian brands in apparel, accessories, jewelry, footwear, eyewear, perfumery and beauty. The launch marks the first time many of the brands are available for the first time ever in the U.S.

    “Americans have always had a love affair with Italy – through the food, culture, and style and it is a perfect opportunity to highlight the fashion and lifestyle elements in partnership with the Italian Trade Promotion Agency (ICE),” said Kim. “We have met so many incredibly talented designers from all over Italy who all have amazing stories to tell about their companies. We really just wanted see what was out there and be sure we could offer the range of Italian fashion, and it’s exciting to give these brands a platform to be exposed in the U.S. for the first time”

    The Pop-In series is the pinnacle of the partnership, which began with product scouting in April 2015 when Kim and her team of buyers first evaluated 700 Italian companies. Only 140 made the first cut, and a further selection turned the number into 85. The short list was finalized last September in Milan, and Nordstrom placed orders with 55 companies.

    “Fifty-five new brands venturing into the American market in a prestigious showcase like Nordstrom represents a significant success for this collaboration,” underlines Maurizio Forte, Director of ICE New York and coordinator of the network of ICE U.S. offices. “If the product sells well, these new brands could have the amazing opportunity to be picked up by Nordstrom beyond the Pop-In.”

    The Pop-In will run troughout April 17 and includes a series of events dedicated to Italian lifestyle: food, culture, music. On March 10, there will be a launch party hosted by Olivia Kim and Bianca Brandolini d’Adda for Dallas fashion influencers.

    The partnership with Nordstrom is part of “Piano Speciale USA” per fashion, supported by the Ministry of Economic Development to promote Italian exports of the fashion industry (apparel, footwear, leather and leather goods, eyewear, cosmetics and jewelry).

    The plan, which provides funds for more than 20 million euro in the next two years, has ICE Agency and Confindustria with its Associations developing agreements with the most important U.S. retailers in the fashion sector, fairs and promotional events, incoming events in Italy and communication activities.

    The first phase of the “WE LOVE IT” promotion, dedicated to Made in Italy products, launched as a fall campaign in all eight Nordstrom stores in Texas last September. This phase focused on highlighting existing merchandise from Italian brands and shopping events dedicated to customers.

    During this second promotional phase, Italian Trade Commission (ITA) will again train Nordstrom salespeople to highlight the differentiators of the Made in Italy products, with special emphasis on the new designers offered through the Pop-In shops.

    The latest statistics of the fashion industry, provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, show that the exports of Italian apparel to the U.S. has reached 1.265 million euro in 2015, with a 11.8% growth compared to 2014; footwear and leather 2,207,000 euro (+15%) ; textiles 291 million euro (+12%) ; hides 250 million euro (+29%); cosmetics and perfumery 577 million euro (+22%); jewelry of the 581 million euro (+15%); eyewear 881 million euro (+23 %).

  • Facts & Stories

    NYCEDC and CUNY Launch IN2NYC Program for International Entrepreneurs

    Program Will Support 80 Entrepreneurs and Create More Than 700 New Jobs for New Yorkers in First Three Years Alone

    Entrepreneurs Will Be Required to Base Business at CUNY Incubators, Bringing Employment and Education Opportunities to Neighborhoods in Every Borough

    New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), in partnership with the City University of New York (CUNY), today announced the launch of theInternational Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC), the first municipal program in the nation designed to help international entrepreneurs access visas so they can create jobs in the United States. IN2NYC will help up to 80 selected entrepreneurs gain access to the visas they need to grow their businesses in New York City, and is projected to create more than 700 jobs for New Yorkers in the first three years alone.

    IN2NYC will also serve as a model that can be scaled and expanded at both public and private schools throughout New York City, with the potential to ultimately contribute thousands of jobs to the city’s innovation economy. The program advances the de Blasio administration’s goals of encouraging entrepreneurship and supporting international partnerships to build a diverse and inclusive economy for New Yorkers in every borough.

    IN2NYC will partner selected entrepreneurs with one of seven participating CUNY institutions: Baruch College, City College of New York, LaGuardia Community College, Lehman College, Medgar Evers College, Queens College, and the College of Staten Island. Entrepreneurs will be required to base their businesses in their partner school’s incubator, bringing new services, revenue streams, and employment opportunities to neighborhoods and strengthening their innovation ecosystems. Entrepreneurs must also commit to support the mission of the partner school by contributing to academic research, developing curricula, providing students with internship and employment opportunities, or serving as mentors. 

    The program is designed to foster innovation ecosystems and diversify the economy by retaining international talent that has been educated locally, and attract entrepreneurs from abroad who have skills and knowledge that would benefit CUNY students and educators. NYCEDC will begin accepting applications for IN2NYC this spring, with the first group of entrepreneurs expected to be in place by the fall. For more information, go to www.in2.nyc.

    “This is a win for our universities, our working people and our city’s ability to compete on the global stage. We are making sure New York City remains a magnet for the world’s top talent, and putting New Yorkers to work at the technology and engineering firms of tomorrow,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    "The success of our innovation ecosystem is rooted in the diversity and the talent of our people," said NYCEDC President Maria Torres-Springer. "For too long, we would graduate some of the world's smartest entrepreneurs, only to send them packing as soon as they got their degree. This ends today. IN2NYC is the first city run program in the US to help international entrepreneurs access the visas they need to grow businesses, create jobs, and cultivate the next generation of talented New Yorkers. No matter our national origins, we've got to be One New York, innovating together."

    “New York City has created an innovative pathway for the next generation of international entrepreneurs to launch their businesses right here in NYC,” said Penny Abeywardena, Mayor’s Office for International Affairs Commissioner.  “Not only does the IN2NYC program encourage entrepreneurship, and builds and strengthens New York City’s international partnerships, but the program also directly benefits CUNY students by training them on how to launch their own businesses. IN2NYC is good for the international entrepreneurs, good for the New York City neighborhoods in which they will grow their startups and create jobs, and good for the CUNY students who will be mentored by these innovators. Moreover, it reinforces New York City’s role as a global hub for innovation.” 

    “The program underscores how immigrants are integral to the economic, social, and cultural life of our City. New York City reaps countless benefits when immigrant entrepreneurs have opportunities to build their businesses. Through the IN2NYC program, the de Blasio administration demonstrates again how building a welcoming and inclusive city benefits all New Yorkers," said Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs.

    “Simply put, IN2NYC is a game-changer for NYC in the global competition to attract world-class tech talent and the businesses of tomorrow,” said Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York Minerva Tantoco. “IN2NYC builds on the Big Apple’s proud tradition of inviting bold and entrepreneurial thinkers to come to NYC and invent the future. IN2NYC supercharges the de Blasio administration’s goal of making New York the most tech-friendly and innovative city in the world.”

    “The Zahn Innovation Center and the City College of New York look forward to partnering with the New York City Economic Development Corporation to implement the IN2NYC program,” said Joseph Barba, Director of Student Entrepreneurship, City College of New York.  “IN2NYC will promote NYC economic development by attracting foreign entrepreneurs to the city and provide support for the innovation and entrepreneurial education at the City College and the City University of New York.”

    Queens College is one of America’s most culturally diverse colleges, with students coming from 170 countries and speaking more than 110 languages,” said Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, President, Queens College. “As New York City’s largest provider of Computer Science majors and with a new tech incubator on campus, Queens College will be a natural home for the companies that EDC targets through the IN2NYC program and encourages to come to New York City.  We are excited to participate in this timely and innovative initiative.”

    "We are pleased to support the IN2NYC Program, which provides vital pathways to success for many future New Yorkers," said LaGuardia Community College President Gail O.  Mellow. "At LaGuardia, we have several programs designed to boost entrepreneurs toward scalability and success. These programs include NYDesigns, our on-campus incubator, co-working and fabrication space for design and hardware tech startups. Through the H1B visa program, we welcome new entrepreneurs and companies who share in our passion to grow New York City’s thriving tech ecosystem and support the growth of our diverse student population."

    “Lehman College is delighted to be one of the CUNY institutions selected as part of this innovative initiative to attract international entrepreneurs to New York City and the Bronx,” said Milton Santiago, Director of External and Government Relations, Lehman College.  “We look forward to contributing towards the development of businesses and job creation in the exciting field of technology, for Bronx residents.”

    “We at College of Staten Island are honored to participate and welcome international innovators to our newly being built Technology Incubator just a few steps away from the Staten Island Ferry,” said Jarred Sutton, Director, College of Staten Island Technology Incubator. Our goal with the Technology Incubator is to be the economic engine to fuel local growth and nurture technology-oriented businesses interested in making their ideas a reality at home while still being connected to great endeavors already underway throughout NYC.”

    “Medgar Evers is one of 7 schools participating in the NYCEDC International Innovators program,” said Jo-Ann Rolle, Dean, School of Business, Medgar Evers College. “We are proud to collaborate with NYCEDC as it leads efforts to make New York City the global model for inclusive innovation and economic growth fueled by the diversity of people and businesses.  We believe innovation creates global leaders and we are proud to help create those leaders in Brooklyn.  Congratulations to the team of visionaries who conceived, planned, and will now execute a program to support scaling growth in our communities.”

    "Successful entrepreneurship programs require attracting local and national talent as well as international expertise to be competitive in today's marketplace," said Monica Dean, Administrative Director, Lawrence N. Field Programs in Entrepreneurship at Baruch College.  "We believe that our participation in the  IN2NYC program will enrich our offerings and enable us to further expand out global reach."

    “Brooklyn is the destination for the world's most ambitious entrepreneurs, serving as a launching pad for success that lifts them and our borough to rewarding heights,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “Generations of people have started businesses here, many with nothing more than their dreams and their commitment to hard work. The partnership between the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the City University of New York on IN2NYC will help grow our tradition of entrepreneurship, offering immigrants an opportunity to invest in our community, create local jobs, and write the next chapter of our boundless innovation economy."

    “Immigrant entrepreneurs build economic vitality in New York City,” said NYC Council Immigration Committee Chair Carlos Menchaca. “They also raise families, pay taxes and support New York’s cultural diversity. Recruiting and retaining entrepreneurs who are eligible to secure legal immigration status is the right thing to do. The International Innovators Initiative (IN2NYC) created by EDC and CUNY promises to keep the talent, energy, and benefits of international entrepreneurs right here where they belong.  I anticipate great success for this program and I will work to promote it to the benefit of the immigrant communities I serve.

    “I’m proud to have been able to provide funding to establish the technology incubators at two CUNY universities,” said NYC Council Technology Committee Chair James Vacca.  “IN2NYC is a forward-looking program designed to attract the best of the best to New York City. The talent coming into the program will allow the incubators to flourish to even greater heights.”

    New York City attracts the most international students of any metropolitan area in the United States, hosting 52,270 international students in the 2013-2014 school year. And New York’s immigrant population is a major contributor to the city’s economy, responsible for $257 billion in economic activity per year.

    Our current federal immigration system makes it extremely difficult for many foreign-born entrepreneurs to start or grow businesses in the United States. Meanwhile, countries like Canada and the United Kingdom have created "founder visa" programs that encourage entrepreneurs to locate companies within their borders, threatening to deprive the United States - and New York City - of the jobs of the future.

    The H-1B visa provides a pathway for foreign entrepreneurs seeking to work in the United States. But recipients of H-1B visas are chosen based on a random selection or lottery system that awards 65,000 total each year, a number that represents approximately only a quarter of the applications received. The New York City metro area alone has contributed more than 50,000 applications in recent years, comprising the highest demand for H-1B visas in the nation.

    In addition, entrepreneurs working to grow their own businesses are faced with the challenge of demonstrating eligibility for an H-1B visa, since H-1B visas require individuals to be part of an employer-employee relationship.

    IN2NYC will allow international entrepreneurs to overcome these challenges in two key ways:

    • By providing entrepreneurs with the support to form an independent board of directors, which establishes an employer-employee relationship between the company and the entrepreneur so that the company can sponsor an H-1B petition on behalf of the entrepreneur.
    • By partnering entrepreneurs with CUNY schools that, as institutions of higher education, are exempt from the H-1B cap, thus allowing the entrepreneur to further the mission of the CUNY school, avoid the H-1B lottery process, and apply for a cap-exempt H-1B visa at any time during the year.

    "Today, the New York City Economic Development Corporation took a bold step to support immigrant entrepreneurs through expanding new opportunities,” said Todd Schulte, President, FWD.us. “Some of the best and most successful companies were founded by immigrants and NYCEDC’s program will allow this trend to continue in New York City. We at  applaud this program for strengthening the innovation economy of New York City by not only encouraging high skilled immigration and new businesses but also, creating more jobs and opportunities for students and professionals."

    "Entrepreneurs from overseas face a host of challenges starting companies in the US,” said Fred Wilson, Partner, Union Square Ventures. “It should be way easier for them to do it but politics at the federal level has gotten in the way. I am so happy to see the Mayor and others in the NYC government and CUNY take things into their own hands and show some leadership in this area. This will be great for entrepreneurship in NYC."

    "New York City is a place where universities, institutions, industries, and the arts thrive in an ecosystem populated with the most talented people from our country and many countries around the world,” said Tim Armstrong, CEO of AOL Inc.  “Opening NYC's universities to the world's best entrepreneurs will be a game-changer for the future of the city and our ability to compete for talent in a global marketplace."

    "One of the biggest challenges New York City and the United States face is enabling the world's most qualified and talented workforce to access the market," saidAndrew Rasiej, Chairman of the NY Tech Meetup and Founder of Civic Hall. "With this program, the New York City Economic Development Corporation is significantly solving this problem and also fulfilling its mission to build a successful economic future for the city as a whole."

    "Immigrants have founded more than half of the new companies in Silicon Valley, and immigrant-started companies employ over 500,000 people in tech companies in the US, according to studies," said Jeff Glueck, CEO of NYC-based Foursquare.  "As a private company that thrives in the NYC tech community, we salute this initiative to bring more start-ups to New York City, and create more jobs.  The whole sector here benefits as the industry grows."  

    "Fueled is thrilled and grateful to support the NYCEDC's startup visa initiative,” saidAaron C. Cohen, Venture Director, Fueled. “New York City is the best place in the world to found a startup and we support any program that makes it easier for the best and brightest minds from around the world to build their companies in our city. Fueled looks forward to working with and investing in the amazing entrepreneurs this program is sure to attract."

    "ffVC has a strong track record of supporting brilliant and innovative entrepreneurs, regardless of their nationality or country of origin,” said David Teten, Partner, ff Venture Capital. “We are exceptionally excited that New York is taking a leadership role in making it easier for some of the millions of talented people who are not US citizens to come here to build amazing companies." 

    “As a New Yorker, I am inspired to have such innovative government representatives leading the national conversation about smart immigration reform,” said Brian Frumberg, Founder, VentureOut. “At VentureOut, as we help accelerate over 250 foreign startups into the U.S. every year, I believe the NYCEDC's startup visa initiative will be an indispensable tool for us as we continue to attract the world’s top innovators and job creators to NYC.”

    “NYC is the global benchmark when it comes to business,” said Maximilian Schuetz, Co-Founder, KISI. “This program is essential to keep New York as creative and competitive as it is.”

    "The Global EIR Coalition is proud to support the city of New York and the CUNY school system in launching the IN2NYC program,” said Craig Montuori, Executive Director, Global EIR Coalition. “IN2NYC will create jobs for New York students across the five boroughs and provide them with the training and internships they need to be successful in the innovation economy. We welcome New York City's leadership in expanding Global EIR/IN2NYC-style programs nationwide."

    IN2NYC was developed in partnership with Immigration Solutions Group, PLLC, one of the nation’s leading providers of immigration services and solutions. Attorney Peter F. Asaad, the founder and managing attorney of the law firm, is an expert on matters involving foreign entrepreneurs.  “The impact of an immigration lawyer who can find a way to help the next Elon Musk with no visa or the college student with no status to make contributions has never been more significant,” said Peter F. Asaad.

    While IN2NYC is the first municipal program in the nation to help international entrepreneurs secure visas, related programs have been implemented in Massachusetts and Colorado. A key benefit of this program is that the CUNY institutions do not need to expend funds to directly hire entrepreneurs, and therefore the program requires minimal resources from the City or CUNY. This makes IN2NYC particularly efficient and scalable, which should allow the program to quickly expand to additional schools in New York and across the country.  In addition, IN2NYC seeks to specifically identify foreign nationals who can provide direct contributions to the United States through their work on behalf of institutions of higher education and help build innovation ecosystems.

    IN2NYC builds upon the City’s efforts to bolster international entrepreneurship in New York City, build and strengthen international economic partnerships, and further establish New York City as an international economic and financial capital of the world. In June 2015, Mayor de Blasio hosted approximately 70 Mayors and leaders from around the world as part of the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum. As recipient of the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize, New York City was selected to host the 2015 international forum, titled “Innovative Cities of Opportunity,” a discussion of best practices in urban policy innovation ad collaboration among city leaders. Through the City’s World2NYC program, innovators from around the world are connected with City stakeholders to share global best practices and access opportunities in New York City.  Past partners for this program include the governments of Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland.  Most recently, in November 2015, NYC and the City of Paris launched the NYC-Paris Business Exchange, part of NYCEDC’s Global Business Exchange initiative, a program that will provide New York City-based start-ups with access to business opportunities in Paris and helps Paris-based companies expand their footprints in New York City.  Later this year, NYCEDC will launch its next Global Business Exchange with Milan, Italy.

    About NYCEDC

     New York City Economic Development Corporation is the City's primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC's mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity and strengthen the City's competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City's many opportunities. Find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter, or visit our blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.


    About CUNY

    The City University of New York provides high-quality, accessible education for more than 269,000 degree-credit students and 247,000 adult, continuing and professional education students at 24 campuses across New York City. CUNY has a legislatively mandated mission to be “of vital importance as a vehicle for the upward mobility of the disadvantaged in the City of New York … ensuring equal access and opportunity” to students, faculty and staff “from all ethnic and racial groups.” The University is an integrated system of senior and community colleges, graduate and professional schools, research centers,  institutes and consortia. From certificate courses to Ph.D. programs, CUNY offers postsecondary learning to students of all backgrounds. It provides the city with graduates trained for high-demand positions in the sciences, technology, mathematics, teaching, nursing and other fields.  

    Anthony Hogrebe/Ian Fried, NYCEDC (212) 312-3523[email protected]nyc
    NYCEDC and CUNY Launch IN2NYC Program for International Entrepreneurs 


  • Fatti e Storie

    Italian Wine Week, il vino italiano protagonista a New York

    Una festa del vino italiano a New York che richiamerà 200 produttori provenienti da tutta Italia. Si inaugura il 3 febbraio l’Italian Wine Week, il più grande appuntamento di promozione del vino italiano organizzato all’Hilton Midtown  dal ministero dello Sviluppo Economico e dall’agenzia ICE

    Fino al 9 febbraio saranno presentate oltre mille etichette di vini, liquori e birra artigianale e si potrà partecipare a seminari in cui 45 personalità del mondo del vino analizzeranno le ultime tendenze del mercato negli Stati Uniti. Anche il sindaco di New York Bill de Blasio ha voluto salutare la grande manifestazione dichiarando: “Durante la settimana del vino italiano si celebra lo spirito di festa e il buon gusto che contraddistinguono sia  New York che l’Italia. Sono molto lieto che l’Italian Trade Commission e i suoi partner contribuiscono a rafforzare i legami tra New York e l’Italia”. 

    Il direttore dell’agenzia ICE di New York Maurizio Forte ha illustrato invece l’importanza della
    manifestazione sottolineando come attraverso l’Italian Wine Week “abbiamo creato un grande network che permette di incontrare ogni anno  operatori commerciali, stampa ed esperti del settore con l’obiettivo di confermare e rafforzare la leadership del  vino italiano su questo fondamentale mercato”.  

    La manifestazione si aprirà il 3 febbraio con una conferenza stampa all’Highline Ballroom a cui parteciperanno il direttore dell’ICE Forte, il managing director di Vinitaly international  Stevie Kim, Kevin Zraly e David Rosengarten. Alla conferenza seguirà, sempre nella stessa location, il Grand Tasting presentato da Slow Wine a cui parteciperanno 80 aziende italiane. 

    Durante la settimana saranno presentati gli eventi di Slow Wine e Tre Bicchieri Gambero Rosso e sarà anche organizzata dall’agenzia ICE la quinta edizione di Vino. Il programma si concluderà il 9 febbraio con l’appuntamento intitolato Tre bicchieri Gambero Rosso in cui circa 190 viticoltori presenteranno ai media e agli operatoi commerciali il loro vino. 

    L’Italian Wine Week sarà, quindi, un’occasione non solo di scambio ma anche per riflettere sull’andamento del vino italiano negli Stati Uniti. Un andamento che, nei primi 11 mesi del 2015, assegna ai vini italiani la leadership negli Stati Uniti: le esportazioni sono infatti aumentate del 20% rispetto allo stesso periodo dello scorso anno, per un valore di oltre 1,4 miliardi di euro.Partner della manifestazione è la Fiera di Verona che sarà presente all’Italian Wine Week con la Vinitaly Wine Academy. 

    Il programma completo dell’Italian Wine Week si può consultare sul sito www. italianmade.com/vino2016.