Ujal Ibrahim, STCO Master’s in Strategic Communication Graduate, helps Refugees Start Businesses in Salt Lake City

Fort Worth, Texas—March 24, 2017— Ujal Ibrahim, a 2011 Master’s in Strategic Communication graduate, has established a program to help refugees in Utah start their own businesses.

Ibrahim worked with Dr. Mohammed Yunus, the 2006 Nobel Peace Laureate, in Bangladesh to help children of Grameen Bank borrowers become entrepreneurs. Grameen Bank was established by Yunus to make small loans to entrepreneurs in Bangladesh.

Today, he extends that work in Salt Lake City at the Microbusiness Connection Center (MCC), where he teaches entrepreneurship classes. Through MCC, Ibrahim proposed Design Labs, to organizations that work on refugee issues in Utah. Such a platform allows refugees entrepreneurs to bring their business ideas and present them before a participating audience of potential investors and other business owners, for feedback, funding, and networking opportunities.

“This program gives refugees the opportunity to explore creativity and establish lives here in the United States,” Ibrahim said. Additionally, this program is advancing the Salt Lake City economy by jumpstarting businesses.

Ibrahim, who is currently working towards his Ph.D. in social work at the University of Utah, shows us how to harness the power of business to address and solve social problems.

Congratulations to our graduate on his accomplishments.