Catalysr Podcast: Migrapreneur Stories

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From Catalysr, this is Migrapreneur Stories. A show about migrant entrepreneurs who have found success in Australia and the stories behind the startups they built.

 

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Catalysr is a Sydney-based pre-accelerator for startups. Our mission is to create a migrapreneurial revolution, by empowering and enabling migrants and refugees in Australia to start their own businesses and create their own futures.

Our podcast Migrapreneur Stories , brings together a host of migrant and refugee entrepreneurs, or migrapreneurs, to learn about their stories, grit, perseverance and how they have fought against all odds to be incredible at what they do! We aim to inspire a new generation of migrant founders by sharing stories of driven, passionate and successful migrant founders in Australia.

Episode 1: Desh Amila - One Way Ticket

Desh Amila is an entrepreneur, entertainer, and educator who is on a mission to educate, entertain and enhance the lives of those he connects with. He’s spearheaded the events, hip hop and entertainment industries, founded two charities, and launched one of Australia’s most influential events companies ‘Think Inc’ and more recently in 2018, ‘This Is 42’. Over his career, he has been responsible for hosting world-class events with internationally recognised educators, thought-leaders and scientists such as Dr Neil Degrasse Tyson, Dr Jane Goodall, Dr Brian Greene just to name a few. Most recently he produced and co-directed the documentary film, Islam and the Future of Tolerance which will be coming to cinemas in Australia this month.

Show notes

Things mentioned in this episode:

This is 42

Think Inc

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Syn FM

Sam Harris

Outlandish - "Warrior//Worrier"

The Fine Print

Presenters for this episode were Chelsea Zeller and Vivek Mahadevan

Episode mixed by Brendan Hill

Our theme song is Tanzmusik by Simon Mathewson

Intro song is Chrometrails by Vanilla

Outro song is Assmack by Podington Bear

Episode 2: Mana Ohori - I can't believe I made it this far

Mana Ohori is a 23 year old material scientist and jewellery designer from Sydney. In 2018 through Catalysr’s pre-accelerator program, she founded “Diamonds from the Sky” which is Australia’s first lab grown diamond startup. Her goal is to grow diamonds above the ground using greenhouse gas as a raw material. She’s been creating engagement rings and wedding bands using the most ethical and sustainable form of diamonds available on the planet. Mana is passionate in environmental sustainability and cutting edge technologies.

Show notes

Things mentioned in this episode:

Diamonds From the Sky

Catalysr

Follow Alan Jones on Twitter

The Fine Print

Presenters for this episode were Vivek Mahadevan and Brendan Hill

Episode mixed by Brendan Hill

Our theme song is Tanzmusik by Simon Mathewson

Intro song is Chrometrails by Vanilla

Outro song is Assmack by Podington Bear

Episode 3: Brian Lim - They wouldn't give me a job because I was a migrant

Brian Lim has supported more than a 1,000 startups across 100 market verticals across 6 continents. He has founded multiple companies, two which are in the space industry, and has raised more than $5M USD for his companies. He has mentored for the World Food Programs Incubator program and was an Entrepreneur in residence for the Singularity University incubator’s 2018 Cohort. Brian Lim has a focus on deep tech and its value in global transformation.

Show notes

Things mentioned in this episode:

Follow Brian on Twitter @boldbrian

Fishburners

Catalysr

Star Trek Next Generation [Netflix]

Diamonds from the Sky

Warren Buffet on reading
"I still probably spend five or six hours a day reading," Buffett says in HBO's documentary, "Becoming Warren Buffett." "I like to sit and think. I spend a lot of time doing that and sometimes it is pretty unproductive, but I find it enjoyable to think about business or investment problems."

Singularity University
Singularity University Medium
Singularity University YouTube

Peter Davison

The Science of Social Influence

The Fine Print

Presenters for this episode were Vivek Mahadevan and Brendan Hill

Episode mixed by Brendan Hill

Our theme song is Tanzmusik by Simon Mathewson

Intro song is Chrometrails by Vanilla

Outro song is Assmack by Podington Bear

 Episode 4: Syed Mansoor - Changing a million lives by eliminating water poverty

Syed Mansoor is the Cofounder of Water Democracy. An organisation looking to change a million lives by eliminating water poverty.

Show notes

Things mentioned in this episode:

Water Democracy

Follow on Water Democracy on Facebook

Catalysr

Follow Catalysr on social media:

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Medium


FYA Young Social Pioneers program

Zoe Edema - Muralisto

Walgett Water Crisis Facebook Page

The Fine Print

Presenters for this episode were Vivek Mahadevan and Brendan Hill

Episode mixed by Brendan Hill

Our theme song is Tanzmusik by Simon Mathewson

Intro song is Chrometrails by Vanilla

Outro song is Assmack by Podington Bear

Episode 5: Long Phan - Walk the Talk

Long Phan is the co-founder of TTI Migration and Investment Consulting which specialises in providing business skills and migration pathways to overseas entrepreneurs and investors. Prior to TTI, Long has a storied history working for multinational corporations in multiple sectors.

We chat to long about his passion for his mother country Vietnam and his home here in Australia, and the role Catalysr played in his work which maximises opportunities for other migrants.

Show notes

Things mentioned in this episode:

TTI Migration

Catalysr - Apply for the 2019 program now!

Usman Iftikhar

Business Talent Visa (132)

Follow Catalysr on social media:

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

Medium

Other notes

  • What he learned from Catalysr: preparation is the key, make connections, how he got strategies in place to get first customers

  • Working with entrepreneurs and investors migrating to Australia.

  • Contributing 20 - 40 mill to the economy and creating 40 - 50 full time jobs

  • Passionate about his mother country Vietnam and his home here in Australia, and maximising opportunities for other migrants doing the same.

  • Never giving up and making your dream a reality

  • Walk the talk

  • Contributing to the multiculturalism of Australia

  • Connections and community is vital

The Fine Print

Presenters for this episode were Vivek Mahadevan and Brendan Hill

Episode mixed by Brendan Hill

Our theme song is Tanzmusik by Simon Mathewson

Intro song is Chrometrails by Vanilla

Outro song is Assmack by Podington Bear

Episode 6: Anne-Marie Elias - Just do it

We chat to social entrepreneur Anne-Marie Elias about her parents’ incredible story of grit, her journey into the tech startup space and what it means to address real problems that need solving. This episode was recorded at The Studio in the Sydney Startup Hub during the 2019 Catalysr / Fishburners Demo Fair, at which Anne-Marie was keynote speaker.

You can also watch Anne-Marie’s keynote speech, as well as the pitches from our 2018 cohort here.

Anne-Marie Elias is an Egyptian-born, Italian-Australian whose core focus is to be a catalyst for change, and through a collective effort, restructure the manner in which our social systems support those in need, having spent three decades breaking down the cycle of social disadvantage. She is the co-founder of TechFugees Australia, and the Business Manager/Lab Director of New Horizons, a disability, aged care and mental health service provider. She's founded The Collective NSW, a networking group that aims to protect the most vulnerable in our society through cross-sector and community collaboration. As a published writer and Ted X Speaker, she preaches the gospel of disrupting the status quo, and provides others the tools to do exactly the same.

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Show notes

Things mentioned in this episode:

The Collective NSW

Macquarie University - Masters of Social Innovation

Sydney Rotary

MIT - Design Innovation / Design Thinking

Nicole Williamson - Consultant Clean Energy, Lanza Tech

Nirary Dacho - Co-Founder and CEO of Refugee Talent

Anna Robson - Co-Founder and CEO of Refugee Talent

Annie Parker - Global Head Startups, Microsoft

Carla Zampatti - designer, Italian migrant

Franco Belgiorno-Nettis - industrialist, Italian migrant

Richard Pratt - founder and former chairman of Visy

Alfred Moufarrige - founder and CEO of Servcorp

Franco Di Chiera - former executive producer of SBS

Steve Jobs

Mick Liubinskis - Co-Founder of muru-D,

Eugene McGaril - Co-founder of Collective NSW

Annabelle Daniel - CEO of Women’s Community Shelters

Gavin Heaton - founder of Disrupters Handbook - corporate innovation firm

Unboxd Accelerator - founded by New Horizons

Follow Alan Jones “The Nice One” on Twitter

Books mentioned:

Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella

Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch

The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield

The Fine Print

Presenters for this episode were Vivek Mahadevan and Brendan Hill

Episode mixed by Brendan Hill

Our theme song is Tanzmusik by Simon Mathewson

Intro song is Chrometrails by Vanilla

Outro song is Assmack by Podington Bear

Episode 7: Naby Mariyam - You have to believe it will work out in the long run

From moving to Australia as a new mother where she knew no one, to building a software service as CEO of Coverhero, we chat to entrepreneur Naby Mariyam about her inspiring story, the social psychology of workplaces, and the importance of finding community. This episode was recorded at The Studio on Level 6 of the Sydney Startup Hub.

Naby Mariyam loves salsa dancing and InsurTech (in that order). When not salsa dancing, she runs Coverhero. An insurtech platform that specializes on delivering insurance in a simple, transparent and affordable way. She is also is obsessively focused on the needs of Millennials and Gen Z's. She has 18 years of experience in working across Senior level positions in Academia, Management Consulting, Documentary production, Travel and Destination Marketing. She has advised to the UNDP on building start up ecosystems and designed accelerator programs to drive innovation in developing nations. Naby also has a background in social science where she deeply studied human pleasure behind decision making.

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Show notes

Shownotes:

Coverhero

Le Cordon Bleu

Flavours of Maldives

Rydhero

LinkedIn

Medium: search suggestions - “founders” “startups” “MVP” “what to do” “what not to do”

Jordan B Peterson: 12 Rules for Life

Dunning-Kruger effect

Cognitive biases

Dr Brene Brown

Chopin

The Fine Print

Presenters for this episode were Chelsea Zeller and Vivek Mahadevan

Episode mixed by Brendan Hill

Our theme song is Tanzmusik by Simon Mathewson

Intro song is Chrometrails by Vanilla

Outro song is Assmack by Podington Bear

Episode 8: Usman Iftikhar - CEO and Co-founder of Catalysr

Start Taking Action or “There’s a lot of people who will tell you you can’t do stuff, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.”

For our final episode this season, we are joined by Catalysr CEO and co-founder Usman Iftikhar. Usman shares the story of Catalysr, and how his own struggle to find work as a skilled migrant led to him starting his own business - one that helps other people unleash their potential. He also gives us a glimpse into how he is democratising space with his new startup, and how people can prepare themselves for the future of work.

Bio: Usman is the co-founder and CEO at Catalysr. He was named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2018, AMP Tomorrow Maker 2018 and Westpac Social Fellow 2019 and for his work to create a better future for us all through Catalysr. He is the Australian Lead for G20 Young Entrepreneur Alliance, Associate Consultant for Foundation for Young Australians YLab, and Global Solutions Fellow from Singularity University. Usman is also the co-founder of startup Space is Easy, a platform making space more accessible for everyone.

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