Iranian-Canadian nominated for top under-30 entrepreneur award

This week, the first annual Fuel Awards will announce its winner online, and Iranian-Canadian Arash Afrooze has a real opportunity to win. The Fuel Awards, presented by Rogers, celebrates Canada’s best and brightest young business people under the age of 30, identifying forward-thinking role models for youth and illustrating the benefits of entrepreneurship.

Arash Afrooze is an Iranian living in Burnaby, British Columbia, and is nominated for a Fuel Award, given to the top Canadian entrepreneur under the age of 30

Arash Afrooze is an Iranian living in Burnaby, British Columbia, and is nominated for a Fuel Award, given to the top Canadian entrepreneur under the age of 30

Afrooze resides in Burnaby, BC and is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Hire the World, an online resource that connects creative professionals with employers from around the world. It is active in over 140 countries, allows small businesses to easily increase their staffing resources when necessary.

“The entire process is easy and fun, and the quality of the work is world class,” Afrooze, a graduate of Simon Fraser University, tells Salam Toronto.

After University Afrooze spent a brief period working for the Government of Canada, the young Iranian-Canadian felt a sense of underachievement and complacency that many of today’s youth experience. So he got together with Terry and Dough Beech, and after working out of their homes for several months in establishing the company, won the first place prize at a B.C venture competition. They also made an appearance on the CBC venture-show Dragon’s Den.

“It’s been a thrilling experience, that has involved a lot of hard work and energy,” Afrooze adds. “But it’s been rewarding and I encourage the young people of today to get out there and pursue what they truly love.”

For Afrooze that passion involved computer programming, something he has been deeply interested in since the age of nine, when his dad bought him his first computer.

The Fuel Awards will announce its Top 20 finalists as well as top champion this week. It is giving the top 20 an opportunity to gain national exposure, a profile in the December issue of PROFIT magazine as well as business consultation from KPMG Enterprise. The sole winner will also attend an exclusive leadership development program at the Ivey School of Business.

For more information please visit fuelawards.ca.

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