Born and raised in the city of Kabul in Afghanistan, Babur started his academic adventures by attending local elementary and middle schools during the Talibanic government in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As an outstanding student with more than 54 academic awards and medals, he received a full scholarship from the Collegiate School in Virginia after showing charisma in academics and leadership at the International School of Kabul and is currently completing his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at Carleton University with a concentration in Health Sciences to prepare for medical school. His passion for public healthcare has helped him to embark on a journey that he believes will help him revolutionize public health in Afghanistan.

Babur’s social venture idea: You See Clear

Along with his business partner Rory Jipp, Babur established You See Clear ®, which is a globally focused non-profit organization that seeks to restore life-changing eyesight to those in need through the provision of affordable eyewear. Its primary mission is to not only prevent vision impairment, but also to encourage school children to resume their academic careers that they were deprived of due to medical issues. You See Clear ® also aims to distribute other medication soon after launching and expanding to other provinces in Afghanistan and other Asian, Middle Eastern, and last but not least African countries.

Babur’s host organisations:

EuroBiotix CIC

EuroBiotix CIC is a Community Interest Company (CIC) working in the biotechnology and healthcare sectors. Our goal is to improve the lives of patients through the power of the human microbiome, and to support health services and clinicians FMT. To do so, we are developing a range of market leading services and products that will catalyse scientific research and dramatically reduce the costs and hassle that are currently associated with providing FMT.

Since incorporation in November 2014 we have won a number of innovation competitions, formalised research partnerships with Universities and hospitals, built strong links with government and charities, and secured many letters of support from clinicians and researchers around the country.

University of Aberdeen AbVenture Zone

The ABVenture Zone at the University of Aberdeen supports growing businesses and encourages entrepreneurs to develop new products and services. It is an inspiring place for entrepreneurs to plan and implement business ideas, and to connect and collaborate with other enterprise-minded individuals. It also provides a focus within the University of Aberdeen for events and training in entrepreneurship.

Meet Babur’s mentors:

James McIlroy BMedSci (Hons Physiology)

James is CEO of EuroBiotix CIC. He is an award winning senior medical student at the University of Aberdeen with interests in biotechnology, social enterprise and healthcare innovations. Previously, James earned his BMedSci with Honours in Physiology from the University of Edinburgh. Since his appointment as CEO, James has led the company to multiple business competition successes, grant funding, and governmental support. In recognition of his dedication to EuroBiotix CIC and entrepreneurial potential, James was awarded a highly prestigious Enterprise Fellowship at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. James is the first medical student to join the fellowship programme since it began in 1997.

Alan Feighery, Enterprise Advisor, Enterprise Campus

Alan graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a BSc in Chemistry with New Materials Technology and from the University of St Andrews with a PhD in Chemistry. He has worked in various roles in academia and the private sector including co-founding a spin-out company from the University of St Andrews and being a key contributor to a commercialisation project which led to the creation of a spin-out company from the University of Aberdeen.

Alan’s role within the Enterprise Campus North Hub is to contribute towards the promotion of student entrepreneurship, deliver tailored business creation support and services; and facilitate relationships between entrepreneurs and partners in the enterprise network.

Vimal Subramanian, International Strategy Officer

Vimal provides counsel to the Vice-Principal for Internationalisation in implementing the Internationalisation Strategy and policy initiatives. Vimal has over a decade of experience in the Foreign Office and the wider international education sector. With the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) working at the British Deputy High Commission, Chennai, India, Vimal was responsible for advising the British Deputy High Commissioner for South India on Education and Health. He has worked at the University of Derby and Vision West Nottinghamshire College in East Midlands in leading International student recruitment.