Unshackled Ventures Launches the Unshackled Residency: Empowering Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Our National Advantage

Unshackled Ventures
2 min readJul 18, 2023

Immigrants and the jobs they create are vital to the national advantage. Unfortunately, we know that too many talented immigrant entrepreneurs face barriers and lack access to opportunities that would allow them to contribute fully to our national advantage.

Today, our team is proud to unveil the official launch of Eighteen150, a first-of-its-kind founder-in-residence program. Our goal with this new program is to support as many immigrant entrepreneurs as possible, regardless of their immigration status, with a mission to create up to 100K jobs in the U.S. to support the next decade of growth.

Eighteen150 ​​gives solo immigrant founders the opportunity to go full-time without immigration and financial constraints. We not only support immigrant founders pursuing the American dream, but we contribute to bolstering the nation’s competitive edge in an ever-evolving global landscape by investing in unrecognized and overlooked talent.

About the Program

Eighteen150 will dedicate $5 million of our latest $35 million Fund III to offer complete immigration and employment support, giving solo founders $150,000 or 18 months of runway to make extensive customer discovery, test key hypotheses, and build the founding team within industries like generative AI, defense, energy, and more.

We have created an all-encompassing foundation for founders to innovate, pivot and create without being limited by time, money, or visa constraints. Access to networks and programs like Eighteen150 can mean the difference between success and failure.

Solo immigrant entrepreneurs from anywhere in the U.S. are encouraged to apply to Eighteen150, regardless of status or number of ideas.

Apply here now.

Applications close on August 27, 2023 at 5 pm PT.



Unshackled Ventures

Pre-seed fund dedicated to investing in and unlocking opportunities for immigrant entrepreneurs.