We are on the mission to reawaken the human and economic potential of 1.1 million refugees by providing emerging markets with affordable and reliable access to the Internet, offline.
As a co-founder of Empower, my team and I built a proprietary software technology called EmpowerNet – an innovative web browser that provides emerging markets with reliable, fast, and affordable access to content on the internet – without the need of mobile data. It’s mission is in pursuit of leveraging the power of internet content to transform and inform the lives of refugees and underserved communities amongst healthcare, employment and education - ultimately closing the access gap for refugee and remote communities around the world.
Through this initiative, I personally secured over $100k in funding and start-up grants to sustain over 1 year of operations and product development.
As a top 6 finalist at the world’s largest social enterprise competition, the Hult Prize 2017, my team and I were granted access to the Hult Prize Accelerator program in Boston, USA presenting to executives at Google, Microsoft and Verizon. Based off our progression, we piloted our business in refugee camps across Greece, France, Kenya, and Uganda gaining the interest and partnership from organizations such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Wikipedia, Khan Academy, Samasource and Amazon. This led us to ultimately pitch for one million dollars in seed prize money at the United Nations’ Global Goals Week in New York City. Through this experience, I’ve been acknowledged by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen for my work in this space.
OUR HULT PRIZE GLOBAL FINALS
PITCH @ THE UNITED NATIONS.
Categories: Connectivity, Employment, Education
Founded: 2016 - 2018
HQ: Toronto, Canada