Your facts/questions are confusing.
Are you considering an E, or a B visa?
E is possible, if you qualify, but difficult for a start-up.
B is nearly impossible.
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Seek advise of a competent immigration attorney. B-1 is for business travelers, it may not work for you based on the facts you provided.
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I have done E Visa start ups and your business plan is a key document. I have filed successful E-2 petitions with as little as 35K in investment. (for a service industry start up).
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