As a first-generation Latina college grad, I’ve personally experienced how expensive the world of academia can be for students looking to pursue a degree. With expenses such as textbooks, transportation, and college tuition all adding up, it’s no wonder many first-generation low-income students have to drop out of school.
Well, my guests for today’s episode are fighting that problem head-on with their own start-up, Arbol. In short, Arbol helps under-resourced college students raise funds to cover their living expenses, get advice, and build their network by connecting them with online supporters.
This episode is part 1 out of a 2 part series we’re collaborating on. For today, we’ll be focusing more on:
More about the Founders:
David Gonzalez: Co-Founder, Co-CEO
First-generation college graduate who earned a business degree from Buffalo State College and an MBA from Canisius College. David has 10 years of professional experience working across all major business functions at large companies and startups. Most recently, David was the COO at early-stage startup Kangarootime where he helped secure $8M+ in venture financing, scaled the team from 10 to 50 employees, expanded into enterprise and markets generating a 15X increase in revenue.
Favio Osorio: Co-Founder, Co-CEO
Favio Osorio (co-founder, Co-CEO): Favio has 10+ years of experience in financial services holding various roles across several functions including wealth financial planning, project management, business analytics and strategy. Favio was a founding member of M&T Bank’s Multicultural Banking group responsible for supporting various enterprise-wide initiatives intended to enhance the banking experience of multicultural customers. Favio has developed a deep understanding of the distinctive challenges and preferences of multicultural segments, in particular immigrants and communities of color. Favio earned an Economics and Business degree from Mount St. Mary's University and has an MBA from Duke University’s The Fuqua School of Business.
Check out Arbol: https://growarbol.com/
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