Tariq Fancy

Digital education for underprivileged children

A “hedge fund guy gone good,” Tariq Fancy left a New York investment firm to create the Rumie Initiative, a non-profit startup that brings free, high-quality digital educational materials to children in less privileged communities.

Mr. Rumie uses affordable tablets that work without internet and contain an entire curriculum of content – a library for the cost of a book. Mr. Rumie’s work is powered by volunteer educators who help organize content on its LearnCloud platform, the largest crowd-sourced repository of free learning resources.

Mr. Rumie is working on aboriginal education in Canada and has partners in 18 countries, including Uganda and India.

The Rumie Initiative was incubated at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone.

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* Tariq Fancy was one of 14 Innovators to Know invited to Ottawa by Universities Canada on Feb. 24, 2016 to meet with high school students, science policy makers and Parliamentarians

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