The Entrepreneur’s Champ: Emon Shakoor, 25

Emon broke the corporate age barrier when she became the youngest CEO and founder of two tech startups, EventFen, an app connecting youth to professional events, and Blossom, Saudi Arabia’s first female-focused accelerator.

Emon obtained her Bachelor’s in Cognitive Science from UC San Diego and was accepted to present her own neuroscience research at the world-renowned Society for Neuroscience in 2015. In the same year, she was recognized as one of the youngest researchers at the age of 21.

Emon’s success didn’t come easy. Growing up battling epilepsy, she suffered issues relating to her health and also faced a few hiccups while building Blossom and taking it to new heights after the previous co-founder left the company. The main challenge was not the task of leading the company on her own, but to gain people’s trust to operate an entire company as a solo female founder._dsc1376

Blossom focuses on companies led by women and fosters the techpreneur community in the Kingdom. “It is an exciting time to be part of the entrepreneurship ecosystem. It shows that no matter what, perseverance and determination can get you anywhere. I believe this is the tip of the iceberg.”

In 2017, Emon gave a TedxWomen talk on her journey living with 50+ seizures a day for nearly 20 years and how she overcame her roadblocks and turned them into her superpower. She is currently writing a sequel to her Ted Talk, about the power of seizing opportunities and inspiring a wave of fearless Saudi women.

Today, she is proud of all the challenges that have molded her into a stronger person. Success to Emon is building a sustainable, scalable, impactful, and value-driven community. She is grateful to her parents and her mentors Marwan Jamal and Eng. Reda Islam, who always believed in her.

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