• USC Graduate's Fight for America’s innovative edge

    My name is Nikhil and I am the co-founder of a startup company called Tint and an immigrant from India. I wanted to take a few minutes to share my story with you and invite you to join the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Week of Action.

    I came to the United States to study computer science at USC and pursue my dream of starting my own company. After graduating from USC, I was at a crossroads. I had a great job offer from a company that could sponsor my visa and offer me job stability, but my dream has always been to be an entrepreneur. Though I knew I was taking a big risk, I decided to turn down the job offer and start Tint.

    Tell Congress now that entrepreneurs like me shouldn’t be held back by our broken immigration system.


    Founding a company as an immigrant is like fighting two different battles. First, you have to fight the startup battle, tirelessly developing your product and securing funding. Then, you have to fight the immigration battle, spending many sleepless nights researching visas and searching for ways to stay in America.

    One year after founding Tint, I’m proud to say that I employ nine Americans and the company is doing incredibly well. But without immigration reform, my future in the United States is uncertain. That’s why I’m sharing my story during the STEM Week of Action -- to inspire others to tell Congress the time is now to take action on reform.

    Share my story with House Leadership and let them know we need an entrepreneur-friendly immigration system.

    With your support, I know we can make the STEM Week of Action a week for Congress to remember.
    Sincerely,
    Nikhil Aitharaju
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