City: Beirut, Lebanon
A few years ago, a fresh graduate from the American University of Beirut reached out asking to meet as she was visiting San Francisco. Hind had become a tech sensation in the Middle East. At age 21, she won the 3rd prize of Stars of Science and later 1st prize of the MIT Enterprise Forum Pan Arab Business Plan competition. Hind was building Instabeat, the first swimmer device that monitors heart rate amongst other features. Braving the bombs and the bribery, Hind chose to operate and run her company from Beirut. The charismatic 20-something founder is not just on a mission to revolutionize swimming tech devices, but also has been on a bigger mission to inspire and encourage more Lebanese women and men to stay, believe and build something meaningful. Her resilience, courage and ambition leave us with no doubt that she will accomplish both her missions.