Getting to Know: Lew Schulman of iBuild

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Dynamic. Innovative. Experienced. These are just some of the words commonly used to describe Lew Schulman, a serial entrepreneur, philanthropist, and speaker who makes keen investments.

Lew currently acts as Chairman of the Board for iBUILD Global, inc. This is a mobile application that empowers the poor by giving them fair access to work while also facilitating a transparent ecosystem of support in a bid to both improve security and the dignity of shelter.

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Founder of iBUILD, Lew Schulman

Lew Schulman with iBuild also currently acts at the Managing Trustee for the Builders of Hope Kenya Trust, which again hopes to create affordable housing through a series of both public and private partnerships that are forged upon sustainable growth and interaction with local communities.

Launching a Career

Lew’s early career began in the military when he entered active duty in the US Navy. A hard-working and motivated individual, he excelled in an environment that demands the best each and every day.

After concluding his period serving with the military, Mr. Schulman then used his ingenuity to create an innovative lending model for plaintiffs who found themselves out of work due to unfortunate traumatic injuries.

The idea was driven by passion and a keen understanding of a complex area, and Lew sold the growing business to a private equity group before beginning the next chapter in his life. Equipped with his broad perspective, he worked to create fishing co-ops in South and Central America which exported products to the US.

Small loans and training were provided to the local population in order to both improve the yield and help them to develop sustainable practices that protect both the environment and workers. This network of villages grew to employ hundreds of local workers who hailed from across two continents.

Focusing on Shelter

Having already amassed a range of exciting and inspiring experiences, Lew turned his attention to affordable housing. Lew understands that shelter is an essential facet of life and one that needs to be satisfied if communities are to flourish and provide opportunities to its members.

Lew set about pioneering a range of innovative housing strategies in the US, helping to build thousands of affordable homes within traditionally disinvested community that are home to culturally diverse populations. This expertise was then ultimately used throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the US were pioneered as a part of this work and this initiative has helped to permanently transform many lives for the better. The initiative continues to this day and is used as an important framework and method of helping various members of communities to secure the housing that can improve the livelihoods and give them the security that they need.

Powering Up with Technology

Again taking stock and calling upon his previous experiences, Lew set about co-founding a technology company called iBUILD Global. This company create an end-to-end mobile platform for the housing construction space in developing countries. The initiative garnered immediate interest from a range of providers, earning funding from both IBM and the MasterCard Innovation Labs.

By empowering the world to build, iBUILD is helping to stimulate the housing construction capacity of communities around the world. There is a global demand for affordable housing that the platform is helping to address, relying upon an elegant fintech solution to empower an untapped workforce.

The app allows all of the stakeholders to transact and cooperate in a secure and transparent environment that formalizes and demystifies the construction process to help make it a vibrant and organized ecosystem.

two iBUILD construction workers shoveling gravel with Lew Schulman for new housing
iBuild workers in Kenya development project

Driven by Lasting Results

Equipped with a cutting vision and the ability to execute on ideas as part of a team, Lew is committed to his role as the Chairman of the Board and he relishes the opportunity to help have a positive global impact each and every day.

Working alongside a deeply passionate team, Lew helps to keep the iBUILD platform functioning and helping communities around the world. The platform has a powerful vision for the future which Lew helps to inform.

Lew Schulman with iBuild is deeply passionate about the project and each day he calls upon his previous experiences and his deep-rooted sense of conviction in order to help drive the project forward and improve lives.