Sajjad Mohammed, 23, Baghdad: IYLEP Undergrad
He founded: Care-Iraq, an online database and booking system connecting Iraqis with healthcare professionals.
His inspiration was: In early 2016, Sajjad woke up with a toothache, but discovered that his family dentist was away on vacation. He didn’t know where to find another dentist and began to wonder why there wasn’t a way to search for that online.
How IYLEP helped: That summer, Sajjad traveled to the U.S. to study social entrepreneurship at Ball State University through IYLEP Undergrad. Consultations with his professors as well as medical professionals at Ball State helped Sajjad come up with a business plan for Care-Iraq, which he launched in November 2016.
What’s next: Sajjad plans to continue developing the Care-Iraq database and doing everything he can to help rebuild his country. “If there’s change coming,” he says, “it’s coming from young, motivated Iraqis.”