2012 Thiel Fellow, Co-founder, Remedy
Noor Siddiqui is a 2012 Thiel Fellow who received her $100 000 grant to work with the bottom billion, that is the billion people globally 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 to 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 decided not to start college at this point 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.”
Noor shares this advice from George Bernard Shaw “Those who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.”