Mohamed Ali’s Babbasa Story
Previous Youth Ambassador Mohamed’s experiences at Babbasa have enabled him to develop his entrepreneurial flair and passion for business and education.
“I grew up in Somalia and moved to the UK when I was 13 to seek refuge from civil war. I soon realised that education was the key to success and I would read books such as ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ and ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, which influenced my early entrepreneurial aspirations and interest in business. My interest to pursue management is guided by my personal mission to be the change I want to see, both locally and internationally.
Over the last 5 years I have been actively engaged in several activities, including being a Youth Ambassador at Babbasa, to improve my business knowledge, alongside pursuing formal education. I always wanted to be a businessman; even at the age of 13 I was selling sweets in school making £100 a week. At the age of 14, I was buying and selling goods from China, and at 16, I registered my first limited company in the UK.
As the founder of a new online business, I have a vision of growing it into an international outfit. I am currently working with my team to build a unique online platform, which will provide our customers with an opportunity to start their own clothing brands. This innovative concept has already won me a place on the School for Social Entrepreneurship Programme, with a £4000 grant to expand the business. Through Babbasa’s Bright Ideas programme I have also been successful at securing a total of £3000 grant from ‘Living It UnLtd’. I have had continual support from Babbasa and they have helped to give me the contacts I need to succeed further.
I have also secured a place at university this year, to study Mathematics and Finance at the University of London to develop my business and research skills that I need to succeed in today’s dynamic and rapidly changing world. I believe that the degree will enable me to spot commercial opportunities quicker, understand business operations better and improve my leadership and management skills.”
As part of Babbasa’s awards event EMPOWERED 2016, taking place on July 15th at The Station, Babbasa, in partnership with Bristol Junior Chamber and Uncaged Ventures, are offering the chance for three young entrepreneurs from inner city Bristol to win £1,500, £1000 and £1000 alongside 6 months of mentoring support, as 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes respectively for the Enterprise Award this summer.
Nominations are now open! Do you know a talented young person like Mohamed, with a business or social enterprise idea that they are passionate about, but the need for funding and support to help them get started? You can nominate them for the EMPOWERED 2016 Enterprise Award here and also register to attend.