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19th Ave New York, NY 95822, USA

Marie – Finklusiv

Marie Birna Olafsdottir (she/her)

Workposition:

Founder

3 Key Competencies

1. Financial inclusion

2.Collaboration

3. Stakeholder Management

Finklusiv’s mission and vision:

🏦Finklusiv’s mission is to on-board the under-banked. We have great success supporting refugee business owners get acces to the business accounts they need ot operate their small companies. 

Our strategy is to become the hallmark for financial inclusion of the underbanked, by making our clients’ important contribution to society visible, and develop partnership with banks willing to offer them access to the financial infrastructure they need. 💳

How did DISIE help you as an Entrepreneur?

The flexible access to many set up for our office. I’ve been here almost 3 years now and have tried a lot of different spots! Also DISIE hosts a community of driven entrepreneurs who see their purpose as more than just financial🌱. I have had many collaborations with others in the community and that’s super nice.

What’s your tip for future impact entrepreneur’s to get started? 

Never be afraid to ask for help. Nobody expects you to solve everything, and most people will be happy to support you if you reach out to them. Worst thing that can happen is that they say no, which also helps you to move on. 🤗

What are your next Milestones?

We are growing our team and are looking to develop more meaningfull partnerships with banks, to be able to support more people having a hard time getting access to banking📈.

Do you have a success moment/ story you would like to share?

We consider every client we succesfully help a success story! They are really inspiring people that rebuild their lives with deserve all the opportunity in life they can get 🫂

What’s your favorite thing about DISIE?

The laid back attitude, you come just as you are. Also, a great location, conveniently close ot the train
station and parking possibilities. It is easy for our clients to come for meetings at the office.

What’s your motivation (quote)?

Opportunities don’t happen, you create them. 🖌️

Fun fact about you or Finklusiv?

We just moved for the first time in a closed office! It has been so nice renovating it, and getting so much help to decorate and arrange. It’s now super cosy and comfortable 🙂 🎨

What’s your sustainability hack?

Buy local! The way you use your money impacts the local economy💸, and all the business owners who make the fabric of your community. By supporting the little shop, you also keep your neighbourhood lively💚.