America prides itself on being a country of innovators, and it seems immigrants are the most prolific.

Of engineering and technology companies started in the U.S. between 1995 and 2005:

* a quarter had at least one foreign-born founder.

* in 2005, immigrant-founded companies produced $52 billion in revenue and employed 450,000 nationwide.

* almost 80% of immigrant-founded companies were in two industries: software and innovation/manufacturing services.

* in Florida, Hispanics led the pack among immigrant groups that founded companies. In Massachusetts, Israelis led. In New Jersey, they were Indians.  (source)

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