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About Juan Maya Hernandez 

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I am a 23 year old undocumented/DACA entrepreneur, and speaker. I graduated UCLA with a B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science in 2022. I was born in Toluca, Mexico, and at the age of 3 I was diagnosed with post-traumatic epilepsy. I took medication at the beginning of my childhood. It was years of struggling to find opportunities, working as a day laborer, juggling freelance photography, and my inability to pay for my school expenses that motivated me to embark on a path in entrepreneurship. Since 2012, I grew my personal social media channels and accumulated a total of 4M+ views TikTok, 200K+ video views on YouTube. I didn't qualify for DACA for 18 years until July of 2021. In 2021, a startup wanted to hire me but didn't know how, and it was this incident where I noticed how much support I lacked as an undocumented student navigating my career. I asked for help on campus, and no one was able to help me. As a result, I founded PREPARE. My mission is to help immigrants start and scale their businesses leveraging digital technology. One day I will impact millions of immigrants worldwide through my videos, motivational speeches, books, and entrepreneur ventures. 


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Supported by: Startup UCLA, UCLAUNCH Accelerator UCBerkeley, Pre Accelerator SEED Lab 2021 at Caravanserai Project & UCRExtension, Consulate of Mexico San Bernardino 2021, Gear Up Alumni Association, William G Nash Foundation 2022, Golden Door Scholars, Future Founders, Blackstone Launchpad. 

PREPARE's history



I wasn't able to get hired because I didn't have DACA. I had the initial PREPARE idea.



  1. Launched a recruitment agency - Helped 2 DACA recipients land a job. 

  2. Launched a freelance/contract platform - Helped 6 students get short term jobs (Total revenue they made: $2000)

  3. Launched Questions&Answers platform - 800 users, 135 User Sign Ups, 3.5M impressions on instagram

I also worked with 6 people during this time. I learned that the biggest issue that the community had was starting a business. 


Business Consulting & Coaching

We just launched our first service. If you want to start a business, we have the PREPARE package, if you want to scale a business, we have the SCALE package. To learn more, click here

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