Noor Siddiqui

Noor Siddiqui



2012 Thiel Fellow, Co-founder, Remedy
Founder, If Not Now

In  2012, Noor Siddiqui was awarded a Thiel Fellowship of $100 000 to work with the bottom billion cohort of the global population who survive on less than a dollar a day. “There is no greater threat to the progress of humanity than the persistence of poverty,” says Noor. “I see the bottom billion as this incredible, untapped resource.”

She sees monetizing education as just one of the ways to empower this marginalized population. Her project focuses on creating an alternative educational curriculum that allows students to earn money and put food on the table while they learn. By connecting individuals to training and employment and industries with increasingly capable human capital she is driving towards a globally beneficial solution to poverty.

Noor put college on hold in order to accept the Thiel Fellowship. “Whether you’re 17 or 27, to be an entrepreneur you will need to learn a whole new skill set that college couldn’t teach you. I don’t see the fellowship as undermining college or formal education at all; rather I see it as providing an accelerated avenue for learning.”