I had a great talk with Hodan Ibrahim the other day. Hodan grew up as child of Somali immigrants in a social housing project in Canada. After having started several businesses, she's currently working on fostering innovation and entrepreneurship in underprivileged immigrant communities.
Hodan is currently running her own creative agency Think Disrupt, working on UmmahVenture to foster entrepreneurship in Muslim communities and recently published her first book called How To Be A Muslim Woman Entrepreneur.
I learned quite a lot during our conversation.
This is a field I've never really been in touch with, so I had loads of questions. Luckily, Hodan was very patient with me and explained me all she could explain in the little time we had together.
This is a very important topic. I feel it's being ignored or forgot by most of us (including myself). I hope Hodan, her projects and this episode might change this in the future..
Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts, your wisdom and your valuable experience with all of us, Hodan. It was a real pleasure having you on the show and I'm looking foward to see what's next..
We talk about how it was for Hodan to grow up in the "hood" as she called it.
The moment she realized for the first time she's different from everybody else.
The huge role her mother played in her life.
Why it's important to educate immigrant communities about entrepreneurship.
How she got up over and over again after she failed at 7 businesses (or more..?!)
The huge market potential for Muslim lifestyle products.
What she's currently working on, what her plans are for the future and many more things. I forgot. I asked way too many questions :-)..
Thanks for being a trailblazer and pushing the limits Hodan!
More about Hodan:
Hodan's favorite books:
"It's not about being perfect. It's about being yourself."
I call interesting people from all over the world, hit the record button, we talk about their stories and I put it online.
Simple, raw & uncut..