Karim Abouelnaga



    Karim is the CEO of Practice Makes Perfect, a Benefit Corporation that partners with K-12 schools to deliver high quality, academic programs. He founded Practice Makes Perfect at 18. He writes for Entrepreneur, Forbes, Linkedin, and is working on releasing three books during Summer 2018. Karim is a TED Fellow and Echoing Green Fellow. At 23, he was named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 list in Education, and at 24 was named to Magic Johnson’s 32 under 32 list. In 2016, he was ranked in the top 3 most powerful young entrepreneurs under 25 in the world by Richtopia. He graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor’s in Hotel Administration and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Education Policy at Columbia University.

  • Featured Videos

    A summer school kids actually want to attend - TED

    Equal Is Inherently Unequal - B Lab

    Passion vs. Purpose - Cornell @ New York Times Center

    I Wake Up Every Day At 4:30 - Relentless | Forbes

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  • Melinda Mack - Executive Director, NYATEP

    "Karim was an engaging and thoughtful speaker. He used his personal experience as a young adult, problem-solver, and entrepreneur to provide real-world examples to move the needle on youth engagement."

    Rev. Brock Leach - retired CEO of frito-Lay North America and Tropicana

    "Thanks for the superb job you did helping our Entrepreneurial Ministry students learn about purpose, fundraising, impact, and so much more. We just compiled the course evaluations from our Babson intensive and your session was a huge hit with the whole group. You did just a terrific job connecting and engaging with fellow innovators who are hungry to hear from somebody who has trod the same path — I believe “Rock Star” is the operative term. What you had to say was very powerful on a personal level and included exactly the kind of practical advice they needed. And even though we religious folk had talked repeatedly about listening carefully to your call to do this work, your six question exercise brought it home for many in a new way. On behalf of our whole planning team, thanks for making this final intensive a great culmination to our program!"

    Gamal Willis - Cases.org

    "Thank you for the insight and motivation yesterday. What you have accomplished so far is quite inspiring even for an old head like myself and your vision is one that I appreciate. Keep striving. Thank you!"

    Passant Elkhatib - Head of hospitality & Real Estate, MO4 Network

    "Your talk was inspiring and it has irreversibly changed my perspective on things. Thank You!"

    Dutton Matt - Teacher, PS 186

    "I had a fourth grader in my class that I brought down to hear you speak. This is a student that is constantly walking out of her specialty classes continuously. She was so mesmerized by your speech this morning and was able to complete her college access for all passport with her counselor and caseworker. I hope to see you in the future so you can inspire more students. Great Job Today!!!"

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