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Co-founder of Canadian fintech Borrowell shares her advice for young female entrepreneurs

Co-founder of Canadian fintech Borrowell shares her advice for young female entrepreneurs

Posted by PanamericanWorld on April 27, 2017

With a background in management consulting and business development, Eva has worked at Maple Leaf Foods, Oliver Wyman and a number of not-for-profit organizations. She has studied or worked in the US, Caribbean, Africa, Asia and Europe.

Eva was named one of “9 Canadian Women Changing The Game” by Elle Canada magazine, one of “30 Women in Canadian Tech Worth Following” by BetaKit and a finalist for “Fintech Woman of the Year” by LendIt, the world’s biggest show in lending & fintech.

Eva holds degrees from Harvard University and Queen’s School of Business. She enjoys food blogs and baking projects with her two kids.

Describe who you work for and why it’s important to you.

I’m part of the team at Borrowell, a Canadian financial technology company. We help Canadians understand their credit so they can make the best financial decisions for their personal situation. We offer credit scores for free, personal loans and other product recommendations.

How does your role empower you?

At Borrowell, we’re all empowered to think and act like owners. From setting our personal goals and contributing to our company-level objectives, to getting involved in interviewing and hiring new team members, it’s very empowering to have a say in what we’re doing as a company. Being at a small, fast-paced company also gives all of us lots of new learning opportunities, which is also really empowering.

What advice do you have to other young women looking to get involved in your field of work?

Do your research – use the products, go to tech events, meet with people who work in the field. Then, just go for it! Apply for the job you want, reach out to companies you’re interested in, or start something yourself!

Who is your biggest role model, why?

That’s a tough one. I don’t have just one. I admire Sheryl Sandberg and a few others for their careers and what they’ve been able to accomplish. I have friends I admire for their patience with their kids, and others I admire for their faith and spirituality.

What book do you recommend every young professional should read?

I’m a big fan of “Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose” by Tony Hsieh, the founder of online shoe company Zappos. And I’m currently reading Adam Grant’s “Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success” which I’m enjoying a lot.

 
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