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“An education at an Aga Khan Academy develops ethical local leaders with a global, pluralistic view. We also aim to nurture the students’ creativity, their entrepreneurship and their design thinking. The Ryerson DMZ Sandbox Basecamp gives opportunities for these young people to hone these skills by learning in a context that is focused on entrepreneurship, with peers who offer different perspectives from their own.”

Graham Ranger, Academic director at the Aga Khan Academies

Mentoring the next generation of global leaders

Together with the Aga Khan Academies, Ryerson is helping develop the next generation of socially conscious young innovators. Aga Khan Academies are K-12 schools that operate in 18 locations across Africa, South and Central Asia, and the Middle East, and have the goal of developing home-grown ethical leaders. Ryerson is offering 12 fellowships over three years for Academies’ students to attend the Ryerson DMZ Sandbox Basecamp, an intensive six-week program that helps young entreprenuers develop, market and accelerate their business ideas and connect them to potential investors, mentors and partners.

“The Basecamp fellowships will give students an opportunity to think out-of-the-box, to be proactive in solving problems that we are facing in society and at the global level,” said Ryerson President and Vice-Chancellor Mohamed Lachemi. “It’s a way for us to push the boundaries and get people to think about how entrepreneurship and innovation can solve problems.”