Business Migrant Entrepreneurs Australia
Migrant entrepreneurs face an almighty battle when launching a start-up in Australia.
They might have little money to start, and bank loans are nearly impossible to secure given the lack of recognised savings by our banks. Leases are also extremely hard to secure.
Speaking and writing English is a major headache for some. Most have no established family or friend networks.
And the business culture is completely foreign to them, with one migrant explaining she mistakenly thought she could only drink coffee when accepting invitations for meetings over coffee.
Hungary-born Sydneysider Orsi Parkanyi founded network group Women as Entrepreneurs 18 months ago, which now has more than 2,000 members all over the country.
Parkanyi has lived in Australia for eight years and has near perfect English, but believes her accent is holding her back.
“I’m proud of being a migrant, but I am trying to get rid of my accent, because I believe it would make my life easier if I didn’t have it.”
Many in her network are migrants, who have recounted numerous stories of cultural blunders to her.