One Mission - Supporting the entrepreneurial ambitions of refugees and military veterans

All staff at Borders.org are volunteers. There are no salaries and no staff member gets paid for any work related to the organization which makes us unique among non-profits. Our team and volunteers hail from diverse backgrounds and are recognized in their fields as accomplished entrepreneurs. Each member is also socially active in philanthropy. 

Borders.org awards full or partial time and funding grants to our target entrepreneurs so that their business plan is fully drafted. First among our missing is to assist is in the writing and development of business plans. For those entrepreneurs that show exceptional dedication by completing our business plan collaboration process and are therefore ready to start their business are eligible to receive micro grants that will either help start their business by incorporating their company, or may use funds for other start up initiatives such as website development. However, not all companies that write a business plan need funding. In fact, business plans for “just” managerial guidance are quite common and often do not have a capital funding requirement from outside investors. The mission of Borders.org was conceived by the two founder below, who specialize in both business planning and assisting with micro-grants.

 
 

Tamar Azous

Co-Founder | Executive Director

Tamar is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Borders.org.  She is a successful “entrepreneur”.  Tamar is the CEO of Grubby Wear LLC, (www.grubbywear.com), a venture dedicated to creating baby and toddler clothes for the outdoors. Prior to Grubby Wear, Tamar worked for 6 years in Micro-finance, providing business consulting and strategic planning services to Micro-finance Banks providing microloans ($50 to $500 in loans) to the poorest demographic in the world. Tamar worked for several years at Micro-energy Credits (www.microenergycredits.com), a social enterprise which links micro-finance institutions to the carbon markets when they lend for clean energy. She has traveled extensively throughout the developing world, including Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Mongolia and seen firsthand the abilities – and capabilities – of the world’s poorest to innovate and create jobs.

Tamar has an MBA from Georgetown University and a BA from The University of Pennsylvania.

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Paul Azous

Co-Founder | Chairman

Paul is the Chairman and Co-Founder of Borders.org.  For over 15 years Paul has assisted companies launch their businesses, including developing their financial and business models, as well as conducting company valuations, assisted with debt or equity offerings and general business consulting for startup and later stage companies. He has assisted more than 3,000 companies with their business plans and offering documents worldwide, spanning a wide spectrum of industries in over 50 countries.

Paul is the Founder and CEO of numerous financial and consulting ventures, including Prospectus.com, a leading global business development firm, among numerous others, all of which assist startups and later stage companies with their business needs. He has assisted companies with such diverse product offerings that range from underwater hotel developments in the South Pacific Ocean to space debris collection technology outside the Earth’s atmosphere.  From the planning of one’s business to the drafting of the company’s documents to investors resources, these isn’t an aspect of Paul’s daily business life that doesn’t surround the core company document: the business plan.

Paul is first and foremost a student of history and writer. He is the author of two books.

 
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