Kai Martin

Entrepreneur, Program Participant

"The drive and the hustle just became natural to me. I was determined never to sit still and never say I couldn't do it, because I know I can always find something to do."

Bo Daraphant

Entrepreneur, Program Participant

"My entrepreneurship was born out of necessity and my passion for art."

Alejandro Flores

Entrepreneur, Program Participant

"We are hustlers by nature because we need to survive."




Everyone, regardless of immigration status, can make money by building their own businesses and working for themselves. We’re here to show you how to generate income through entrepreneurship and freelancing. See below for tools to help you get your #UndocuHustle on!

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Spark Entrepreneurship Learning Hub

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INCOME GENERATION WEBINAR SERIES
Understand what it means to work for yourself, develop an entrepreneurial mindset and launch your own business. Click here to watch the webinar in Spanish.

5 TIPS TO GET STARTED AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR/FREELANCER
Learn how to get started as an independent contractor or freelancer. This guide outlines the entire process from industry research to contracts and taxes.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR BRAINSTORMING WORKSHEET
Use this worksheet to brainstorm the type of gig work and professional services you can provide as an independent contractor.

CALIFORNIA EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT (CALEITC)
Check out CIPC’s resource to learn whether you qualify for CalEITC—now available to all low-income workers who file taxes, regardless of status (resource available in multiple languages).

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Finding A Space To Be Ourselves

Entrepreneur, High School Engagement, Legal Services Team, Program Participant

"It was the first time that I was in a space where I could truly be myself. I felt safe and not ashamed and not scared to talk about my journey."

Cris Mercado

Entrepreneur, Program Participant

"There is no growth without discomfort. Not having a safety net might actually be one of the most powerful tools undocumented immigrants have available to them."

Cris Mercado

Entrepreneur, Program Participant

"For undocumented people, it's rare to find either a person or an institution that validates your experiences and your achievements."

Alvaro Morales

Entrepreneur

"This organization creates opportunities and opens doors, often, for people that don't think those doors even exist."

“I gained a wealth of knowledge, new friends that are like family, and a new mindset on achieving success. Overall, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Thank you!” — Antoinette Tobore Oweh, Festival of UndocuInnovation Attendee

 

In September 2017, Immigrants Rising organized our first-ever Festival of UndocuInnovation. We brought together 50 undocumented entrepreneurs from around the country to connect, learn, inspire and motivate one another. Participants learned from experienced undocumented entrepreneurs, attended workshops, and improved their ability to generate and present winning ideas through simulations and feedback. They came from 16 different countries of origin, traveled to the Festival from 14 different states, and were pursuing a wide variety of projects in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

 

Read about the Festival in this Forbes article.

We look forward to planning our next Festival of UndocuInnovation in Spring 2020.