Martin Basiri is the Co-Founder and CEO of ApplyBoard. He started the company with his brothers in 2015 with the mission to make education accessible to students around the world. ApplyBoard is a SaaS-enabled marketplace uniquely designed to empower international students to apply and come study at the best higher education institutions available globally. The company has already helped over 55,000+ students apply to schools in the U.S. and Canada. Recently, ApplyBoard closed its Series B funding round in April of 2019, and has since inception raised CA$72M.
From a young age, Martin has been an innovator. By the age of 14, he had already invented his first device and since then he has continued to reenvision the world around him. During his undergraduate studies, Martin founded his first startup where he invented and sold 6 different products/patents. Not satisfied with just finishing his studies and running his business, he took on a teaching position to share his passion for innovation with more than 600 students. His inventions have led him to receive the gold medal at the Geneva International Invention show in 2009 and rank him at the National Youth Invention Festival in the last year of his high school career. After high school, Martin attended Shiraz University to receive a degree in electrical engineering. Determined to explore, he left his home for Canada to study at the University of Waterloo where he attained his MASc in Mechatronics Engineering.
Innovation and education have always been Martin’s main interests. At ApplyBoard, he combines both by eliminating the problems he and his brothers experienced as international students. Today, Martin and his 200+ teammates in 9 countries work with 1,200+ partner schools in North America to make the application process more accessible to students all around the globe.
What makes Martin an expert?
Raised over $70 Million and employs over 180 people across 6 countries