The USS Entrepreneurship Program aims to support undocumented students at UCSB and Alumni who would like to learn about income generating opportunities regardless of immigration status. USS believes that undocumented people have the ability and creativity to lead their own ventures, businesses, and practice. This program helps students and alumni explore the concept of entrepreneurship and independent contracting. 

Entrepreneurship Program

The program consists of workshops and guided support by guest speakers which includes undocu-entrepreneurs and independent contractors who share their experiences as business owners and independent contractors. 

Topics Discussed 

  • Income generating opportunities for undocumented people regardless of immigration status 
  • Tips to get started as independent contractors/freelancer and developing your own business
  • Developing an entrepreneurial mindset 
  • Networking opportunities
  • And more!

Program Requirements

  • Attend all sessions
  • Meet once with a USS staff member 
  • Connect with an entrepreneur/independent contractor 
  • Attend a USS event 
  • Complete assigned homework assignments

Program Benefits

Program participants will learn about income generating opportunities available to undocumented people (with or without DACA) and will be introduced to information on how to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and basic understanding of how to launch their own business. Additionally, students will have access to free resources and additional one-on-one support from USS Staff. Students will also get connected with undocu-entrepreneurs and independent contractors.

How to apply

Applications are currently closed. Applications will open during the Winter quarter.


Who can Apply

All UCSB Undocumented (with or without DACA) Students and Alumni.


The dates and times for the session will be provided once the application opens.