Company: Zue Beauty
School: Universidad Autonoma de Occidente
Gabriel started his first business and became financially independent by the age of 10. With the teaching and support of his mother, he has carried this entrepreneurial passion into his adult life where he co-founded Zue Beauty- a beauty company dedicated to crafting quality, vegan skin-care products. In addition to promoting health, Zue Beauty drives a broader mission to bring peace to underdeveloped, armed conflict areas and to replace cocaine products with locally sourced herbal products. Gabriel believes that he embodies all four EO core values – he and his team built Zue Beauty with little knowledge about the beauty industry, they strive to improve the quality of life of more than 2000 families in Southern Columbia and hope to inspire other young entrepreneurs to build both profitable and socially impactful businesses. The biggest obstacle he has had to overcome as an entrepreneur is receiving a life-threatening letter from an armed group telling him to immediately stop promoting the substitution of cocaine crops for healthy crops. Gabriel believes staying true his vision helped him to overcome this fear:
“I remembered one of the best pieces of advice I received from a fellow entrepreneur:” Be Smart, Be tough…Never look back always Forward”. Most people would have walked away from that situation and abandoned the 2,000 families we work with. I did the opposite. I became smarter and tougher and decided to continue the process, taking my precautions and being protected by the 2000 families from the community.”
School: University of Malaya
Sadira’s interest has always been in entrepreneurship. However, without any business experience or academic background, starting Readpublic was a leap of faith. Readpublic is a centralized platform that curates book prices from online bookstores and offers a marketplace feature for readers to buy and sell their used books. Thirst for Learning describes her best because it highlights her commitment to acquiring the necessary entrepreneurial skills that have equipped her to run her business. “When I wanted to pursue this idea, I was afraid to take the opportunity. But a saying which I hold dearly is, “You’ll miss 100% of the chance if you don’t take it”. Thus, I take each opportunity seriously and I believe everything is an chance to grow”.
School: National University of Sciences and Technology
Asad Raza is the Founder and CEO of Neurostic.
Neurostic is an enterprise healthcare company with products ranging from Clinical Decision Support Systems, Smart Health Monitors to Prosthetics. Neurostic is primarily working on diagnosis, monitoring and rehabilitation of people with movement disorders particularly Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, Neurostic provides clinical trial services to other drug and medical device companies.
Neurostic has recently collaborated with National University of Medical Sciences Rawalpindi to use their affiliated hospitals as test beds for Research & Development. One of Neurostic’s products won the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Award in Taipei Taiwan in December 2016. Neurostic has also published its research in International Conferences & Journals.
With projected 409.9 billion dollar wearable healthcare market in 2019, Asad wants Neurostic to become a leader among healthcare companies in the developing world.