Adila
Sayyed

Co-Founder, VERE360

“When I was 15, I started volunteering at a special needs school. My work there inspired me to get more involved in education. To scale my impact in education, I looked for tech solutions and eventually stumbled across AR/VR and immersive tech. I still consider the AR/VR technology to be in its genesis age and all the people working on building more case studies in this space have been a source of inspiration for me!”

I define success by the outreach and impact my products have on children.
When I was 15, I started volunteering at a special needs school. My work there inspired me to get more involved in education. To scale my impact in education, I looked for tech solutions and eventually stumbled across AR/VR and immersive tech. I still consider the AR/VR technology to be in its genesis age and all the people working on building more case studies in this space have been a source of inspiration for me!
One of the biggest hurdles I faced was really constantly learning while trying to excel at what I’m learning. In the start-up world, you often talk about “building the aeroplane, while flying it”. Jumping into building a start-up so young, I felt like I was learning what an aeroplane is, while flying it.
Well there are many structural challenges, one of the most prominent ones being not being able to access larger amounts of funding due to a lack of networks. But a petty one that always annoys me is being flaunted as a token diversity. It really messes with your head because you start to question the real reasons behind being invited to all these tech events and programs. But ultimately, I am also aware that many women like me have to be part of these “diversity” braggings before we can normalise minority women being permanent parts of these tech communities.
Be ambitious. Don’t be ashamed of being ambitious and punching above your weight.
We are just at the beginning of bringinging financial services to the communities. I aim to explore places that are overlooked. I hope to build better products and be a thought leader in the financial / fintech space.