White House Honors 11 Immigrant Innovators

Kathryn McConnell | Philadelphia News | June 5, 2013

The White House has named 11 American inventors and entrepreneurs as Immigrant Innovator Champions of Change.

“Immigrants have long made America more prosperous and innovative,” U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park said in announcing the honors May 29. “We are proud to recognize these leaders who work every day to grow our economy, advance science and technology, and support their home communities.”

More than 40 percent of the 500 biggest U.S. companies were founded by immigrants or children of immigrants. In 2011, immigrants started 28 percent of all new businesses in the United States, according to the White House.

“The champions we are celebrating today represent the very best in leadership, entrepreneurship and public service,” Park said.