Our mentoring relationship started just as COVID-19 and lockdown was looming, and the impact has been felt by everyone. I was meant to launch the Bangkok office of KoyoPAY in April but haven’t yet been able to. Without the tie of global meetings and international travel, and working from home like everyone else, I have instead been able to use technology to connect to people I wouldn’t usually have done.
However, I found that trying to raise my second-round of funding during the pandemic was more challenging than when I initially sought seed funding. I didn’t know where to get advice from, or who to approach for support. The Santander Breakthrough Women Business Leaders’ Mentoring Programme has connected me with such a fantastic mentor, Hollie. Having her support and experience in AI has been invaluable; from suggesting other opportunities to try, to encouraging me to accelerate the launch of online banking with my app.