Rand Abou Ras is a Syrian-Canadian entrepreneur, co-founder & CEO of uCast, a marketplace to help podcasters monetize. Born in the United Arab Emirates, and raised between Abu Dhabi and the Syrian city of Sweida, Rand, her mother and brother arrived in Canada in 2016 as refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria.
In this episode of #NewcomerRiseUp, we reflect on her indomitable entrepreneurial spirit fuelled by the countless entrepreneurs in her family, privilege, “refugee” as an identity versus immigration status, student leadership through organizations like TEDx and Enactus as a path to entrepreneurship, the power of young students’ idealism, using business for value, and the importance of getting paid for your work as a creator.
Newcomer Rise Up is a digital and television interview show created and hosted by Trishala Pillai. Season 1 of the show is produced by Jugaad Community, sponsored by Shopify, and brought to you by New Canadians TV Network.