Sporting sports hijabs, thanks to MN Cup
Jamie Glover, ’17 M.B.A., wants to see Muslim girls and women playing sports and not sitting on the sidelines because the uniforms compromise their religious beliefs. That’s why the recent Carlson School of Management graduate and former 3M employee, along with her business partner, Fatimah Hussein, launched Asiya, a business that makes culturally appropriate athletic wear.
Asiya recently unveiled three styles of sports hijabs, which were designed with the help of local Muslim athletes. Glover credits the help she and Hussein received through MN Cup for helping them formulate their business plan and product roll-out.
How MN Cup and 3M helped
MN Cup, a program of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the Carlson School, is a statewide competition for start-up businesses. 3M is a lead sponsor.
As a finalist for the 2016 MN Cup, Asiya received seed funding and assistance. Glover says the mentors they were matched with provided support long after the competition. Those pairings also led to connections with other entrepreneurs.
“When I started at the Carlson School, I came in with the goal of opening my eyes and perspective to opportunities that were more mission-drive, more purpose-driven,” Glover says. “This has really been meaningful.”
Illustration courtesy of Asiya