A Tobacco Road Partnership

Over the past decade, it’s become more common for Carolina and Duke University students to launch startups in the Triangle. Resources and mentors from both universities and the surrounding communities help make the task easier. 

Carolina sophomore Wali Khan and Duke University junior Ahmed Salat recently launched a project to support business development in rural Wajir County in Northern Kenya. The project will provide a mentorship network and startup funding. 

“We spotted a trend where you have individuals that go to technical schools or vocational schools and succeed in higher education, but they have no means to implement the skills they have learned,” Khan said. “We’re providing kits for businesses to apply for a startup grant from our organization as well as a mentorship program to ensure they are successful.”


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