How one engineer made it his business to help refugees become entrepreneurs
By Nadine Cranenburgh
When Prince Harry presented Iftikhar with the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year Award earlier this year, the young engineer found the experience both unexpected and amazing. He said the award has led to publicity and new opportunities for his business, Catalysr – a startup accelerator for migrants and refugees with innovative ideas.
“We’ve become visible to various governments and different organisations that are also helping refugees with startups in different countries, who have contacted us right off the bat,” he said.
In under two years, Catalysr has helped 66 ‘migrapreneurs’ start 15 new businesses, including startups with products ranging from 3D-printed ethical diamonds, to AI tools for students struggling with procrastination, and water filtration for developing countries.
Photo courtesy of David Weekly.