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Mariam Adil named #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017 winner

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Young entrepreneur Mariam Adil has won top prize in the 2017 #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge

The competition, which this year received thousands of entries from over 50 countries, sees entrepreneurs with social enterprise ideas compete for a cash prize, mentoring and international publicity support.

Mariam is the founder of the Gaming Revolution for International/Inspiring Development (GRID), a game development startup that develops and implements low-cost digital games to inspire meaningful behavior change around social issues.

Mariam has broken a number of moulds in order to achieve her success including establishing a start-up in a male-dominated video gaming industry,  earning two Masters degrees and juggling a full-time job and a start-up.

By day she works at World Bank as an Education Specialist where she has worked for the past 7 years. Under GRID shehas built a number of impressive partnerships to help grow her business, including with UNICEF Pakistan,George Mason University, NRG Advisory, Ford Foundation and FLOC DC.

Since 2013 the company has launched several exciting games including MoHiM that breaks the stigma around menstrual health, StereoWiped that aims at engaging youth in breaking racial, gender and professional stereotypes and encouraging social diversity, Randomania that builds the capacity of development professionals to conduct Randomized Control Trials and Gumbers that makes math learning fun for students in The Gambia.The GRID team is currently working on games to raise awareness about endometriosis, climate change and financial literacy.

Mariam takes home a £1,000 cash injection into her business and mentoring from social entrepreneur and Guardian columnist Adam Bradford, who is one of Her Majesty the Queen’s Young Leaders from London, United Kingdom.

The competition has been running since 2013 and Mariam beat off stiff competition to take home the top prize.

On winning the competition, Mariam commented:”This is super exciting! The AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge is the perfect launching pad GRID needs to turn 2018 into a year of scalable growth. I am particularly excited about having Adam as a mentor and leveraging his passion, persistence and sense of purpose to make 2018 a game-changing year!”

Organiser Adam Bradford said: “We were all blown away by Mariam’s commitment to development and her tech solution which makes tackling issues both scalable, digestable to the public and very exciting. She is going to create huge waves in the international development scene and we are so excited to be supporting her through 2018.”

A panel of twelve judges from across the world gathered this week to select the winner including business leaders, young entrepreneurs and funding professionals.

The initiative has been supported by UK Secretary of State for Business Greg Clark MP, who said: “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and Adam Bradford’s initiative, the Adam Start Entrepreneurship Challenge, is an inspiring competition to support aspiring young entrepreneurs looking to get their start-up ideas off the ground.

“This government believes that wherever you live and whatever your age, everyone deserves the chance to turn a great business idea into a reality and Adam’s work to encourage young, creative entrepreneurs exemplifies this spirit.”

Young entrepreneur Mahmoud Al Hammouri impressed judges amongst thousands of entries in the #AdamStart Entrepreneurship Challenge

The competition, which this year received thousands of entries from over 50 countries, sees entrepreneurs with social enterprise ideas compete for a cash prize, mentoring and international publicity support.

Mahmoud is the founder of Gattaa, a mentoring and tutoring service based out of Amman.

The business brings personalized learning to higher education.Through a peer-to-peer, in-person tutoring platform, it connects struggling students with bright students from the same college to help them master their materials.

The problem Mahmoud identified is that students can’t find bright tutors in college that can genuinely understand their struggle and provide step-by-step assistance.

Mahmoud has ambitious plans to scale his social impact business throughout the country in the next year.

The #AdamStart competition has been running since 2013 and Mahmoud beat off stiff competition to be crowned second place. He will take home a year of personalised mentoring and business development support alongside publicity for his business from Adam Bradford, a young social entrepreneur and one of Her Majesty the Queen’s Young Leaders from London, United Kingdom.

On his win, Mahmoud commented: “We’re very pleased today to be amongst the very few selected as “AdamStart” winners and fellows, we’re particularly very excited for the mentorship opportunity, as it is a very crucial and significant factor that leads startup’s success.”

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Organiser Adam Bradford said: “I am so impressed at Mahmoud’s commitment and drive and his ability to have turned a social problem into a solution and a thriving business. He genuinely cares about the development of young people and I am delighted that he has won second place in the competition. I’m looking forward to working with him.”

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