Ibraheem Alinur: Creating a Healthier Community by Using Modern Tech Advancements
Hardships are increasing across all sectors on the global scale. The moment to consider global catastrophe preparedness and prevention measures is here. The United Nations projects that by 2050, 68% of the world’s population would reside in urban areas, up from the current 55%. It is important to consider issues of sustainability and community health as the global population increases.
Ibraheem Alinur has grand plans to use cutting-edge technological tools to make communities healthier and slow the spread of infectious illnesses worldwide. City Health Tech (CHT), of which he is CEO and co-founder, makes a hand-washing gadget that can be linked wirelessly and a health communication platform that can engage and amuse users while simultaneously gathering the biggest data collection of hand-washing times in the world.
An Inspirational Tale of Drive and Achievement
Born to Caribbean immigrants and reared mostly by his doting mother, Ibraheem’s life is an inspiring tale of perseverance and triumph over adversity. His mother made sure he was well-provided for academically and taught him early on the value of independence and exploration. He was accepted into MIT’s Minority Introduction to Technology, Engineering, and Sciences (MITES) program as a 17-year-old, and he spent a fully-funded semester there alongside 60 other students from diverse backgrounds. He realized that his dreams of attending a prestigious university, which had previously appeared out of reach, were now within reach, and this realization altered the course of his life.
Ibraheem applied to MIT as a direct consequence of this program but was rejected. Kathy Chiu, managing director of Deepwork Capital, is one of the most influential people in his professional life, he says. While we were talking, she remarked that she had been on her own version of “Shark Tank.” I was so inspired by the presentation that I contacted the woman who ran one of Florida’s major angel investment organizations and asked if I could intern for free to get experience in the field. In my last year of high school, I often missed lectures in order to participate in pitch sessions. When I saw it, I had to have it.
Ibraheem has founded businesses before City Health Tech. Before he founded City Health Tech, he spent his early career launching a number of firms that met with mixed success.
Ibraheem, inspired by the success of such companies, founded City Health Tech in the autumn of 2017 with the goal of preventing sickness in urban areas.
He talks about how “City Health Tech” was his first effort to fully realize his interest in the field and a means by which he could gain knowledge. My dedication to the issue and the optimism I felt about the future inspired me to take the risk. I realized that we could save millions of lives and countless amounts of money if we could get everyone to wash their hands more often.
Work Hard and Reach for the Stars!
According to Ibraheem, entrepreneurship is both something you do and a way of thinking. He maintains a healthy culture by spending time with his staff and friends, talking to consumers and experts, and networking with other fascinating individuals. When asked about his background, he said, “I was a sophomore in undergrad prior to starting City Health Tech and had just ended my previous company; an applicant tracking system for student groups.” He was a professional magician by day and a member of NU Raas, a competitive traditional Indian dance team. City Health Tech no longer dances as often as he used to but he still sometimes tries to pick up some new moves.
Initiation Program and the Gates Millennium Fellowship
Although Ibraheem had never heard the phrase “entrepreneur,” he began his business when he was 11 years old and made a sale out of his rucksack. He claims that, so far, receiving the Gates Millennium Scholarship, which had 55,000 candidates, is his greatest accomplishment. He says it was a “turning point” in his life. He could become who and what he is now because of the scholarship he received. For him, not having to worry about how to pay for college was a huge relief. It allowed me the freedom to take a chance and offered others motivation to get to know me. I doubt I would have had the opportunity to pursue my interests had I not been awarded this grant.
Taking Precautions to Avoid Mishaps
Ibraheem’s responsibilities as CEO of CHT include developing the company’s long-term direction, assembling a strong team to put that direction into action, acquiring new clients, and securing enough capital.
While his coffee brews, Ibraheem begins his day with prayer and Quran reading to center himself. He begins his day by jotting down his goals for the day, checking LinkedIn, and answering his emails. After that, he gets ready for his meetings for the day, which are all a part of his strategy for expanding his firm. Every other day, he gets together with the company’s co-founder and leadership team to focus on the day’s top priority. He adds, “I also spend any spare time reading to catch up on the world and understand what may impact our business 1-2 years from now.” One of the best things about being your own boss is that no two days are ever the same.
The True Measure of ‘Success’ Is the Ability to Help Others.
In the end, success is defined and evaluated differently by each individual. Ibraheem considers a person successful if they are able to contribute to and feel appreciated by the community of their choosing. Humans have an innate want to be loved and accepted, and he thinks that serving others is the best way to achieve this.
His philosophy is that “being in a position to help others is how we change the world, and for those who are hustling to make it, it is our duty to lend that hand back.” This experience has taught him the importance of having a strong network of people rooting for you. The key to happiness, he says, is accepting yourself as you are and moving on with confidence in your choices. Success is not fleeting if it is founded on morality and humanity.
Maintaining a Steady Tempo
Everything occurs at lightning speed and nonstop throughout the day in today’s contemporary workplace. Finding equilibrium in our hectic world may be challenging for anybody. Ibraheem has learnt to establish limits for himself and has come to see his career as a marathon, rather than a sprint. As he puts it, “it won’t always be like that; while you’re starting started, you’re battling for survival. When you reach a stable state, it’s time to make some adjustments. The success of his business was more important to him than his personal well-being, he says, and he had to change his priorities. He has made it a habit to stroll his wife every day. It’s something he brings up. As an added bonus, “I also genuinely enjoy the work, and that helps keep me going.”
Imagining a Better Future for Health
City Health Tech’s revolutionary approach to health care has two primary goals: to increase access to health communications for millions of people and to ensure that one billion hands are washed clean in the next three years. The company’s long-term goal is to have its products used not only in American classrooms and households, but all across the world. The government and other interested parties are to be brought together in an effort to tackle some of the most pressing issues of our day. Ibraheem has high expectations that he and his organization will be able to expand to the point where they can provide meaningful assistance to emerging leaders in the fields of climate change, water resource management, and energy efficiency. According to him, “we want to be the organization that makes your city healthier through empathy, sustainability, and design.”