You have four days to help me find Australia’s next refugee and migrant entrepreneurs!

If you know of a refugee or recent migrant with an idea for a new business in the Sydney metro area, please encourage them to apply for a program which can dramatically improve the odds of making their dream a reality.

Backstory: I made a personal commitment to doing more to influence Australian society’s attitude towards refugees and migrants after seeing the film Chasing Asylum earlier this year (don’t see it if you’d rather remain complacent).

One of my commitments to make a bigger difference is to make a financial and advisory investment in the early-stage business accelerator Catalysr.

Catalysr’s founders Usman Iftikhar and Jacob Muller completed a successful pilot program this year with the support of a small team of volunteer professionals and are seeking to take ten new entrepreneurs and their new businesses through a full program in 2017.

But there’s less than a week remaining to apply! Apply online now. (It’s the easiest online application for an accelerator program I have ever seen, don’t be scared.)

The program commences with a two day bootcamp 14–15 January and the full program beginning 23 January 2017, runs for four months at the Collaboratory, 2/96 Phillip Street, Parramatta.

Don’t know a refugee or migrant entrepreneur?

You can still help by forwarding and sharing this request on your social media channels and by email.

If you’re an experienced business advisor, startup professional, investor or similar, you can also get in touch with me to learn about how you can advise and invest in Catalysr and its portfolio businesses.

Here’s some businesses we prepared earlier…

Egyptian street food is hard to find in Australia. Walid Elsabbagh and his wife Yusra saw an opportunity to bring Egypt’s most famous comfort food, Koshari, to Sydney’s foodies, and then gradually expand his range of tasty dishes.

With help from refugee and migrant accelerator program, Catalysr, Walid and Yusra launched Koshari Korner in 2016. Walid says his aspiration is for Koshari Korner to be available in every neighbourhood in Australia, and since launch the business has achieved:

  • $30K+ Revenue;
  • TV news story on SBS, news story in the Daily Telegraph;
  • Stalls at prominent markets in Sydney including the Grounds of Alexandria and the Sydney Night Noodle Markets;
  • Looking to scale via franchise model.

Want to try Koshari for yourself? Find out where Walid and Yusra will be selling next via their thriving Facebook page.

Catalysr has also worked with Long Phan to develop TTI Migration Services, a consultancy which provides end-to-end migration support for high net-worth Vietnamese entrepreneurs.

Long facilitates the visa application process, transfer of significant investment and also connects entrepreneurs to business networks in Australia.

His success so far:

  • Offices set up in Vietnam and Australia
  • First client secured and flying in to Australia this month

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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