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God’s Gift to Pak Woman: Pakistan’s Mariam Nusrat makes it to Forbes ‘Next 1000 List’

Mariam’s achievements were recognised by Forbes’ editors plus a panel of top business minds and entrepreneurial superstars.

The “Forbes Next 1000 List,” celebrates start-ups and businesses with fewer than $10 million in revenue and unlimited potential to inspire. The name of ‘Mariam Nusrat’ has made its place in the prestigious list and we couldn’t have been more proud.

Mariam’s induction puts her ‘with entrepreneurs who are redefining what it means to run a business amid new normal’

“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.”

The leading US magazine said in a statement on Friday.

Mariam is the founder of GRID and holds a Master’s degree in economics from both LUMS and George Washington University in the US and is currently residing in Virginia, USA.

This is the first-of-its-kind initiative by Forbes that celebrates bold and inspiring entrepreneurs who are redefining what it means to run a business today. Mariam’s achievements were recognized by Forbes’ editors plus a panel of top business minds and entrepreneurial superstars.

Mariam has been celebrated before too across various platforms for her prestigious entrepreneurial career which began in 2015 when she formed the not-for-profit arm for GRID – Gaming Revolution for Inspiring Development.

Mariam has been leading a Pakistan-based game developers and designers team to create low-cost mobile games that inspire positive behavior change for the past 6 years. The team created eight portfolio games, in four languages on topics including reproductive health, climate change, health pandemics, animal welfare, STEM learning, and structural racism.

Mariam has received several awards for her work including the Clinton Global Initiative University Alum Award (presented on-stage by President Bill Clinton), DC Inno 50 on Fire Award, Andrew Rice Award, the GWU Best Social Venture Prize, and UN PeaceApp prize.

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.

The team’s current focus is on democratizing content creation through video games on their platform Breshna. With Breshna, people are empowered to communicate in an interactive fashion.

“The team has already raised $75,000 in a pre-seed round from 11 Tribes VC and is launching with a Game Jam on July 16th.”

With their pre-launch traction and positioning as industry disruptors in the purposeful games industry, the team projects scaling to 2 million users and 200,000 paying customers, and an ARR of $105 million by 2024.

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