With a migrant friendly community of founders & creators, peer-accountablity, live group mentorship, networking, and a wiki to navigate startup the ecosystem effectively. Build lifelong meaningful relationships, and the skill set you need to grow your business.


Live mentoring that’s culturally accessible


Grow personally & professionally. As you grow your business


Learn and grow with a migrant friendly community of founders and creators


Build meaningful relationships in a community that cares about you and your hustle

Your journey starts here

If you are reading this you probably have an idea, a business or hustle with a vision, or you are on a mission to change the world. Never lose that spark! The world needs you now more than ever.

Navigating any business can be challenging at times. We know there are all kinds challenges for emerging or first time migrant/refugee founders and creators to build a business, a side hustle or startup that aligned with their purpose. 

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Most business fail

It’s estimated about 9 in 10 startups fail in the first 10 years. While 20% of small businesses fail in their first year, 30% of small business fail in their second year, and 50% of small businesses fail after five years in business. 

42% No market need
29% Ran out of cash
23% Not the right team
19% Get out competed
18% Price/Costing issues
17% Poor product offering
17% - Busines model issues

*Based on an anlysis of 101 startups post mortems, source CB Insights

It can be though

As a migrant/refugee these factors are multiplied with the cultural challenges like language and cultural differences, visa constraints, lack of local experience, lack of business experience unemployment / underemployment make it even harder. Diving deeper, we find its:

  • Hard to find business advice, it’s often hit or miss
  • Business advices it’s normally expensive
  • There is too much information out there, it can be overwhelming, 
  • Uncommon to build momentum alone 
  • Difficult to find ongoing culturally accessible and affordable services in a migrant-friendly community 
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Don't Fake it Till You Make It

There is a better way

You dont have to go it alone

Journey With 

Uncommon Fellowship

We bring together driven emerging migrant/refugee founders and creators, surrounded by a community of business leaders, changemakers who deeply understand business and the migrant context. Our catalyst community doesn’t just care about how well your business does, but also cares about how you grow, and the person you become

Our Program
Uncommon Fellowship is a 3-month program that surrounds you with incredibly experienced mentors, a support system, resources and tools you may need to kick-start your journey or scale your business to the next level.

Starts mid-late October ends in December. 

What You Get


Tailored Mentoring

Not all mentoring is equal, don't risk your time or money.

Uncommon Fellowship is a safe space where you can authentically connect with diverse people who share a similar story. Many of our mentors and members are South-East Asian or from Latin America, some former international students. So we understand the migrant and business context well.


Find Your Business Buddy

Build momentum with support and peer acoutnablity

Having a support system is essential. Do you need a new perspective? Have you missed self-imposed deadlines? We will pair you up with a founder or creator that is complimentary to you. A business buddy you can journey along with you, bounce off ideas and hold each other accountable.  It’s encouraging and assuring to know someone has your back and is there for you during the most changeling times.  


Masterclass & Drop in Labs

Dive into key topics, learn faster with feedback in community

Our masterclasses from our subject-matter experts will address all key focus areas of starting a business. We run masterclasses once or twice every two months to help you deep-dive into a topic and get your questions answered. You may also have the chance to attend a drop-in lab where you can have your work reviewed.  


Navigate the startup ecosystem with confidence

Find what you need when you need it

A streamlined knowledge base to help you navigate the startup ecosystem and hit the ground running. Which will save you hours trolling the internet, trying to find what’s credible. Our knowledge wiki includes

  • Industry-standard tools, worksheets and mini guides, including a 30-day pocket startup guide
  • Find the tech stack you need, including no-code tools used by the top startups 
  • Find curated articles, videos, guides, tips for every stage of your startup journey and more – find the right information 

* The pre-alpha version is in development and should be ready by time of launch


Goal-Based Community App

Join your cohort on the journey with our community goal based app*

Our user-friendly app will enable us to connect with members while you journey and track your goals.  

  •  Build traction and relationships as you move towards your goals

* The pre-alpha version will be ready soon

Who is this for

Whether you have dabbled with a side hustle, worked in a large corporate firm, worked at a startup or don’t have a technical background. We help emerging migrant/refugee founders and creators who want to build business that serve real world problems. 


Idea stage to pre-investment

We accept founders and creators with a little more than an idea to preparing for approaching investors. Uncommon Collective has you covered.


Side hustlers transitioning to main hustle

Learn how to scale your side hustle to be your main business with mentors who have been in your shoes before.


Grow from small business to the moon

Learn what it takes to grow your business into a financially sustainable brand that is aligned to your purpose.

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Solo founders to founding teams

From solo founders to teams of 5 we have a place for you. In fact, if you have a leadership team we recommend they attend


Whether you have dabbled with a side hustle, worked in a large corporate firm, worked at a startup or don’t have a technical background. We help first-time or emerging migrant/refugee founders and creators who want to build business that serve real world problems. 


1. Connect

Connect with your mentor, peer buddy and cohort in the community on a regular basis. You will have access to 2-hour mentoring sessions per month, meet with your peer buddy every two weeks, and meet with your cohort team in alternate weeks


2. Fully Engage

Engage with the highly experienced mentors, optional masterclasses, and community in our Facebook group. Fall in love with the process and problem, not the idea. 


3. You Grow as Your Business Grows

It’s not just about the theory you learn, it’s about the people you do it with. The meaningful networks as you grow your idea and business. Gain a network, business know-how and skill set you need to level up your business.



Get 50% off for life as the first

100 Founding Members

Who join our free community &

apply before 8 October

Choose your plan

We are now accepting applications (expression of interests) until the 8 October when applications close. 



Per month

UC Basic

Tailored Subscriptions



UC Team

Tailored Subscriptions


Founding Teams

* The pre-alpha version of our community based app is in the pipeline but pay not be ready in time


Most frequent questions and answers

No you don’t. This is technically not a requirement. 

Absolutely not! We encourage international students to apply. 

It is entirely up to you. We suggest spending 3-6 hours every week minimum to learn, network and build momentum. There may be up to 2 live sessions per week. That will be recorded in case you miss it. 

Of course, you can spend more time building your business or hustle.

Yes you get 10% off if someone you referred joins our program. 

You can claim if the person you referred  indicates it on our application form. Or mentions it to us by emailing contact@uncommon

Yes you can. We build bridges not walls. 

Although, we prioritise 1st generation migrants and refugees. We support everyone if we have capacity. 

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