The Story

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A passionate Bangladeshi entrepreneur specialized in the technological industry. A system architect by background, it has been a vision for me to facilitate innovation in the developing world. Over the years, I have witnessed serious innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs in the developing world. I believe with the right facilitation and advocacy, these bright people will contribute massively towards future communities. As Winston Churchill said, “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Nowhere is this statement more evident than in developing countries.

My calling as a future architect clearly states that: to build the pillars of success is to assemble them brick by brick. Just as has been the case with every great monument, each individual involved will need to participate in turning dreams into reality. Therefore, I believe it is imperative that my role in this ecosystem is being the bridge between possibility and reality. This is the beginning of an amazing story, after all the best way to predict the future is to create it!

I have proven track record of utilizing innovation and development of pragmatic solutions for emerging markets. My areas of expertise entail system architecture, Fintech, IoT, Big Data, Machine learning, Data science, Semantics and Cyber security. My current goals centers around enabling and bridging of developing technological markets, construction of decentralized platforms for all, and empowerment of the youth. I am currently proactive in the fields of capacity building, consultancy, advocacy, innovation and leadership.

 

Let’s explore some of the success stories which could definitely inspire you to create your own amazing story.

 

 

Onfido: Intelligent Background Checks

 

Trusted by over 1000 clients including Morgan McKinley, Hays, and the NHS, Onfido is one of the world’s largest background checking companies.

Powered by sophisticated software, Onfido has also become the largest provider of background checks to the sharing and on-demand economy in the UK.

Husayn Kassai, CEO, explains: “In just a few clicks, you can rent a spare room, or find someone to care for your dog while you’re on holiday.  You need to know that the people you’re interacting with are trustworthy.  You can’t wait four weeks for a background check, and that’s where Onfido’s quick checks really help.”

Onfido’s clients in this space include RelayRides, a car-sharing platform in the US, Deliveroo, a food delivery service and Hassle.com, an on-demand cleaning business.

Onfido was founded when Kassai, and co-founders Eamon Jubbawy and Ruhul Amin, were background-checked during the recruitment process.

Kassai says: “Before Onfido, background checks were slow, costly, and inefficient. By automating the process, we’ve made them fast and cost-effective, so they are available to businesses of all sizes.”

Onfido emphasizes that background checks are beneficial for job-seekers as well as employers.  Kasai explains:  “Background checks can help to counter stereotypes.  A study in the US found that companies performing background checks are more likely to employ African Americans, compared with companies not performing background checks.”

Onfido has raised over £3.5 million in investment and has been named as one of HPE Matter’s “Top 5 UK start-ups that are revolutionising enterprise tech”oas well as TechCityInsider’s “Next-generation Digital Business of 2015”.

Onfido continues to develop its machine-learning software, which scans documents (indulging passports) to detect forgeries.  Currently a team of 68, with offices in the London and San Francisco, Onfido plans to continue its expansion into the US market and into other European countries.

colwiz: accelerating global research

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colwiz’s comprehensive research platform streamlines the entire research process, enabling academics to focus on their next big idea

With £2m in revenues, colwiz’ clients include Taylor & Francis – one of the world’s leading academic publishers – as well as the Royal Society, the American Chemical Society and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

The colwiz platform manages the entire research life cycle.  Users can find and read publications, collaborate with colleagues, and write research papers for submission to academic journals.

colwiz has also launched an interactive PDF viewer for scholarly publishers.  It enables readers to highlight, annotate, and even draw on PDF articles, just as they would on paper.

Mansoori says: “There’s a lot of disruption in the scholarly publishing industry. Publishers need to find new ways to engage with authors, readers, editors and reviewers.  We are working with leading publishers to provide an end-to-end software that helps academics manage all of their research activities.”

Frustrated with the difficulty of organising his research, Tahir Mansoori founded colwiz whilst studying Computational Biology at Oxford University.  Mansoori says:  “The name colwiz means  ‘collective wisdom’. Researchers build on the work of others and collaborate to create new knowledge. colwiz provides the software that facilitates this process.”

In 2016, colwiz plans to launch a big data analytics solution.  It will analyse millions of data points from academic publications  to help publishers and research organisations make strategic decisions.  Using insights from colwiz, they will be able to identify key authors, emerging fields, and developing trends in the industry.

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Edspire enables users to search tens of thousands of online educational resources to find the learning solutions that are right for them.

Jim Moodie, an alumnus of Oxford University, founded Edspire to empower learners:  “the Internet has given billions of people to access to educational resources.  But people are unable to take full advantage of that opportunity because they can’t find the most appropriate material – the volume of information online is overwhelming.”

Edspire has developed software to collect and analyse data about online learning materials, which are catalogued in an easy-to-search library.  10,000 learners are now using Edspire to find learning materials online.

Moodie says: “whether you’re learning informally, just for fun, whether you’re in high school or looking to develop you professional skills, there are courses on Edspire for you.”

The search engine and website are constantly improving, as the Edspire team responds to user requests.  The founders are working on ways to optimise the website for use in professional development.

Edspire also plans to build a responsive tool, so that users can create a personalized curriculum tailored to their needs, abilities and interests.

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