Mohamed Dhaouafi Participates in OIC Youth Entrepreneurship Forum & Kazan Summit 2017

Since CURE was founded, Mohamed Dhaouafi, 25, has been recognized on several global entrepreneurship summits, the latest of which are the Harvard Arab Conference and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. By founding CURE, Mohamed has become part of a growing health entrepreneurship movement that works to address the region's unique healthcare issues.

Mohamed decided to start CURE when a cousin of one of his colleagues was born with no arms. Since 2016, CURE has specialized in 3D printed myoelectric hand prostheses. The initiative was recently recognized by Wamda as one of four startups that are reshaping Maghreb's healthcare systems.  

Mohamed was able to frame his startup idea and goals during the 2016 Student Leaders Program at Montana State University. "I define the Student Leaders Program as a life-changing experience that can simply transform a person to a leader," Mohamed said.

The SLP program has helped shape Mohamed's entrepreneurial journey. "I learned a lot of soft skills and enlarged my personal and professional network that helped me for branding," Mohamed said. "Which was so beneficial in my other participations, since the SLP program is one of the most well-known and prestigious programs."

"The SLP helped me to get more recognition in my community," Mohamed said. "Where everyone started to believe in my capacities and potential."

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the Student Leaders Program is a rigorous exchange program for up to 60 undergraduate and graduate students from the Middle East and North Africa. Students are divided among U.S. academic institutions, including Montana State University, where they develop leadership skills and expand their understanding of civil society and participatory governance and how both may be applied in their home communities.

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