Manu Smadja is the founder of MPOWER Financing. Manu never intended to become an entrepreneur overseeing a global company, but his imagination got the best of him when he experienced his own personal financial hardships as a French international student juggling five jobs. At that point, he knew he wanted to make a difference by reinventing the loan industry for international students and, soon after DACA students.
In this episode we discuss:
- How Manu became an accidental entrepreneur [6:34]
- Goals they wanted they achieve for their business [11:10]
- Getting Harvard School as their first partner [16:29]
- Major hurdles they experience in the business [21:58]
- International students have a lower rate of default [26:43]
- How they get Harvard as their first partner [30:46]
- Figuring and enforcing practices in their company [36:23]
- Where to check their services [41:15]
- Tips on growing and managing large people [43:43]
Links to sources and tools:
- Connect with Manu on LinkedIn
- Apply for International Student Loan or Scholarship
- I think we pride ourselves in actually being, not a break everything type of startup, but actually like to work well within the regulatory frameworks and make regulations.
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