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Startup accelerator Catalysr, which helps migrants and refugees set up startups in Australia, is ramping up its support for ‘migrapreneurs’ (migrant entrepreneurs) with a new fellowship program.

CEO Usman Iftikhar launched Catalysr as a solution to the difficulties he faced in getting a business off the ground as a new Australian. The shift to online during the pandemic means the Sydney and Melbourne-based organization is now delivering courses, support and advice nationally.

Since 2016, Catalysr has supported more than 520 migrant workers to launch more than 175 new ventures, including space tech startup Spiral Blue, and HR Partner for Human Resources Enterprises, as well as social enterprises such as charity Bay & The Creative Co-operative.

Iftikhar said that after six years of successful programs the Fellowship for Migrants is designed to help aspiring migrants integrate into the Australian startup ecosystem.

During the 10-week Fellowship, participants will learn the basics of starting and running a business in Australia, as well as connecting with Catalysr’s network of alumni, mentors and industry professionals.

“Fellows will also be part of our community for life and will be able to continue to participate in our events, both online and in person, attend our workshops and access our network of mentors,” he said.

“The fellowship will help aspiring migrants get into the startup ecosystem, whether they want to work in a startup or start their own business. †

Iftikhar said Catalysr’s mission has always been to address the issue of unemployment and underemployment of migrants in Australia,” said Usman – CEO of Catalysr.

Catalysr is currently recruiting migrants from all over Australia who are now in the very early stages of starting a business. Registrations close on Wednesday 30 March.

There is more information about the Fellowship and apply here.

Catalysr also runs an all-Australia, free pre-accelerator program and applications for the 2022 Accelerate program opening soon.

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