Press Release — July 01, 2020
Vahid Rajabloo Honored as One of the 2020 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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July 1, 2020, St. Louis, USA — For his innovative spirit and commitment to empowering people with disabilities, Vahid Rajabloo of Iran has been selected as a 2020 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP) Honoree in the category of Business, Economic and/or Entrepreneurial Accomplishments.
Vahid Rajabloo was born into a middle-class family in Iran as one of five children. Money was already tight considering his private education, and when he was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the cost of medical treatment became too much. Mr. Rajabloo left his treatment and only continued physiotherapy. In 2005, he began learning computer skills and eventually taught programming and web design.
Mr. Rajabloo experienced firsthand the obstacles people with disabilities face everyday, and he wanted to create a solution enabling people with disabilities to live comfortable, independent lives. With this in mind, he founded Tavanito Technology Company. Tavanito translates in Persian to Your Power, and Mr. Rajabloo believes the platform he designed can improve peoples’ financial and mental conditions by focusing on three fundamental needs: health and medical services, educational services and daily necessities services. Soon, he wants to expand the platform to include employment services. Currently, 14,000 people use the Tavanito platform, and the company employs seventeen people full-time.
Mr. Rajabloo has received several awards for his design, including Top Entrepreneur in 2017 and 2018 in Alborz Province, the Influential Digital Entrepreneurship Award at Elcamp Exhibition and Best in Innovation in Services to People and Deprived Areas at the ICT Festival.
Even with a severe physical disability that affects 98% of his muscles, Mr. Rajabloo lives completely independently and in his own home. He is actively involved in his community, organizing wheelchair competitions, speaking at conferences such as TEDx, mentoring several students and running crowdfunding initiatives to provide laptops, gadgets, mobility aids and equipment to empower people with disabilities. He also provides consultations to municipalities and businesses to increase accessibility. Mr. Rajabloo has worked hard for himself and the community to change the world’s perception of people with disabilities and provide opportunities for independence and freedom.
About JCI TOYP: JCI (Junior Chamber International) honors ten outstanding young people under the age of 40 each year. These individuals exemplify the spirit of the JCI Mission and have extraordinary accomplishments regarding individual development, business and entrepreneurship, community action and international cooperation. Whether through service, innovation, determination or revolutionary thinking, these young leaders create positive change on a local and global level.
The ten honorees will be recognized at the 2020 JCI Awards Ceremony at the 2020 JCI World Congress in November.
About JCI: JCI, a global leadership organization, provides personal and professional development opportunities to young leaders age 18 to 40. Through its international network of around 110 countries, JCI unites all sectors of society and empowers the leaders of tomorrow to create positive and lasting change today. For more information, visit www.jci.cc.