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TheDream.US Video Series Spotlights Alumni Entrepreneurs 


For Immediate Release: April 1, 2024

Contact: Michael Earls at [email protected] 

TheDream.US Video Series Spotlights Alumni Entrepreneurs 

TheDream.US Releases Final Video Story Featuring TheDream.US Alumni Entrepreneur

Washington, DC – TheDream.US, the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, concluded their weekly video series celebrating and sharing the stories of entrepreneurial alumni “I Am An Immigrant Entrepreneur”. 

This campaign comes as the Congressional Budget Office announces its findings that immigrants will bolster the US economy by $7 trillion over the next decade. As we anticipate all of the good immigrants will bring to the economy in the future, we can already see their contributions to cultural and economic expansion. TheDream.US Alumni Entrepreneurs are proof that with the right resources, Dreamers can find success that enriches and supports their communities and the economy as a whole. 

Nicole Wesley, Senior Program Manager of Career Supports at TheDream.US said: “It shouldn’t come as a surprise that so many Dreamers are entrepreneurs. The same type of courage, resilience, creativity, and hard-work needed to start and grow a business are all qualities that immigrants embody. The stories of our Alumni entrepreneurs show both their commitment to their post grad fields and all of the possibilities all Dreamers have for greatness. By sharing these stories, TheDream.US celebrates the success of our Alumni while reinforcing the potential our students – past, present, and future – have to take the American Dream into their own hands.”

Watch the Alumni Entrepreneur video series HERE and follow TheDream.US social channels for the final installment on Monday

The featured Entrepreneurs shared stories of their journeys from TheDream.US Scholar to finding success as business owners: 

  1. After being expelled from his job when his work permit did not arrive on time, Nestor used his communications degree from California State University to start his own DJ entertainment company. His hard work and dedication led him to captivating crowds at venues from Dodgers Stadium to Disney. 
  1. In the second installment, Karen, a TheDream.US alum, shared how she developed and grew her beauty and skincare business. Now, she uses her platform to advocate for embracing natural methods to improve wellbeing. 
  1. Johann is a proud graduate of University of Illinois-Chicago and owner of Tea and Tea, a packaged food startup with a healthier, ready-to-drink bubble tea. His advice to Dreamers like him, “network, network, network.” 
  1. Karen shared how she used the skills she learned at the University of Central Florida to launch her business as a freelance copywriter and publish her first book. 
  1. Hector is using his Business degrees from the University of North Texas at Dallas to run a custom furniture restoration and investment company. He encouraged Dreamers with big ambitions, “leverage the resilience we carry as immigrants and infuse it into your business plan.”
  1. Claudia, the owner of an artisanal tortilla business, Sierra Madre Tortilla Company, infuses the ancient Mexican method known as Nixtamal into her work. Now, she sells wholesale to restaurants and retail grocery stores all throughout South Florida. 
  1. Our seventh installment of “I Am An Immigrant Entrepreneur” features Brian, the owner of his own DJ business, and the first in his family to graduate from a four-year university. His story reinforces the power of leaning on friends and networking. 

The final Alumni entrepreneur spotlight, Alexandra, is available on TheDream.US social channels and HERE.

About TheDream.US

TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college and career success program for undocumented immigrant students, having provided more than 10,000 college scholarships to Dreamers attending over 80 partner colleges in 21 states and Washington, DC. We believe everyone, regardless of where they were born, should have equitable access to a college education, a meaningful career, and opportunities to contribute to the communities they call home. For more information on TheDream.US, visit www.thedream.us