Rahim Fazal has been named one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 by Inc Magazine. He has also been named one of the Top 40 Under 40 by SF Business Times. Like most other high school students, he worked at MacDonald’s and lived in government housing. He was also the youngest student ever to be accepted into his MBA program that too without an undergraduate degree. He was also invited to The White House to receive an Empact Award from Startup America and the Kauffman Foundation.
If you are still confused, be no more because you are about to know the reason why Rahim Fazal is making news for all the good reasons.
Rahim and his best friend Husein decided to start a company together that was intended to help businesses setup webpages. The site was a success with more than 25,000 customers and was sold for $1.5 million. They then proceeded to start a 2nd business which was listed on the stock exchange, making Rahim the youngest director of a publicly traded company in America. After graduating, he then moved to Silicon Valley and started Involver, a company that brought the 1st marketing apps into Facebook for brands like Nike and Target. In 2012, Rahim sold the company to Oracle.
Now, after all the success he has had, Rahim recently left Oracle and has co-founded SVAcademy in San Francisco. The goal of the firm is to find people like Rahim, who are doer as well as dreamer but under resourced and give them proper training for better jobs.
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Joel Scott, co-founder of SVAcademy was VP of operations at Hewlett Packard Enterprise and has recently left HP. Also , SVAcademy recently raised $2 million in funding from Bloomberg Beta, Rethink Education, Precursor Ventures, Uprising Ventures, 500 Start-ups and WTI, along with other investors.
According to Rahim, he says they want to provide access to students who have potential wherever they might be and help them land jobs whose pay ranges from $70,000 to $90,000. But he also states that the program is 15 months long and students are required to give their best because they are always under observation and their progress is at all times checked.
They get funding from employers as the employers get the finished works that is they get good if not exceptional employees who are trained and are adjusted to work environments without the need of extra training.
The idea is to make employers more accepting towards people who are unique because employers still struggle with elitism in recruiting systems. The students qualify join the program or are invited to join are the ones who might not be ready or can’t do the job but are willing to commit in giving it their best
Also, SVAcademy has mentors from Oracle, Google, LinkedIn and other prominent companies who enjoy as well as are willing to help the students with whatever they can.
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