Before coming to the U to pursue a Ph.D. in social work, Ujal Ibrahim worked with the 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate in Bangladesh to help children of Grameen Bank (a bank for the poor with close to 9 million borrowers) borrowers to become entrepreneurs. Now he is bringing social good to Salt Lake City. Ibrahim is working with the Microbusiness Connection Center (MCC) and established a program that helps refugees start their own businesses. MCC provides refugees with business classes that Ibrahim co-developed and teaches, as well as allows them to present their ideas to possible investors and network with other business owners. The refugees also get hands-on experience in business and product design through Design Labs. This program helps refugees establish a life here and encourages them to explore their creativity as well. It also contributes to Salt Lake City’s economy by jump-starting business.
Find this article and a lot more in the 2017 “Student Innovation @ the U” report. The publication is presented by the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute to celebrate student innovators, change-makers and entrepreneurs.