Continuing the supremacy of representing the native land on International platforms, another entrepreneur named Mariam Nusrat of Pakistan has made it to the prestigious Forbes magazine. The business woman and the founder of GRID, has been included in the “Forbes next 1000” list, alongside others of her type, who are redefining what it means to build and run a business amid the new normal. Hence, it’s the moment of pride for the whole nation.
The first of its kind initiative by Forbes, “Forbes next 1000”, celebrates and recognizes the startups and businesses by young and aspiring individuals with under 10 million dollars in revenue, and an unlimited potential to inspire, who, owing to their immense hard work has made a history in the field of business and marketing. And, among them, is the pride of Pakistan, the intellectual and determined Mariam Nusrat, who secured a column in the high profile publication, on account of her stellar accomplishments.
Mariam Nusrat holds a Master’s degree in Economics from both LUMS and George Washington University in the US, and is currently residing in Virginia, USA.
Making the most of her degree, Mariam had started off a gaming platform titled GRID [Gaming Revolution for International Development] six years back, at the age of 28. Her purpose was to unleash the power of video games and use them to educate, engage, and empower people, and to explore beyond entertainment.
And, the franchise, owing to Mariam’s enormous devotion, made it happen. Ever since the establishment of GRID, Mariam Nusrat has been leading a team of Pakistan-based game developers and designers to create low-cost mobile games that inspire positive behavior change.
Moreover, the team created 8 portfolio games, in 4 languages on topics including reproductive health, climate change, health pandemics, animal welfare, STEM learning, and structural racism. The journey to fame and high status of a video game developing platform was definitely not easy, precisely in the modern world of science and technology. However, the strong minded entrepreneur transformed her dream into reality.
And, for this work, Mariam Nusrat has received several awards and accolades, including the Clinton Global Initiative University Alum Award by President Bill Clinton, DC Inno 50 on Fire Award, Andrew Rice Award, the GWU Best Social Venture Prize and UN PeaceApp prize.
Additionally, since its launch GRID has received extensive media attention with TV interviews on ABC News and WUSA9, and articles in Huffington Post, Global Voices, Washington Business Journal, Today, Yahoo News and other mainstream international news channels.
Other than that, Mariam has also presented GRID at several high-level forums including, two sessions moderated by former US president Clinton at the CGIU Meetings and two Tedx events.
Talking about the idea of giving bieth to such technical forum, Mariam Nusrat shared,
“Having grown up playing games such as Sim City, I knew games leave an impression on our brains that transcends the boundaries of the virtual world,”
“I always thought if games related to building cities could teach urban planning, then why can’t they be used to promote awareness about issues such as climate action, women’s rights and equality, education, and animal welfare?” she added.
Mariam Nusrat, in consequence of worldwide success and appreciation of gaming platform GRID, has successfully made it to the renowned American publication Forbes next 1000 list. The USA based Pakistani has been given the credits for her incredible work and contribution in the world of video gaming and technology.
Expressing gratitude over the big news, Mariam Nusrat stated,
“Moments like these are a testament to the passion, purpose, and perseverance that my team and I have poured into GRID but they also serve as the perfect refuelling stations along the entrepreneurial journey.”
“It’s a time to pause, celebrate the win, and then return to our mission, with renewed commitment and conviction. This is just the beginning and we are thrilled about the potential of our journey.”
Mariam’s achievements were recognized by Forbes’ editors plus a panel of top business minds and entrepreneurial superstars. And, speaking of the lady entrepreneur, the magazine had stated,
“An entrepreneur’s journey is not linear — it is filled with a series of twists and turns; defeat is a natural part of the process, but what differentiates entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000 List is their resilience in the face of adversity.”