Growing through mentorship: Angie Madara from Growd

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Welcome to our first article in the SIC Founder Success Stories series, where we feature amazing founders who have benefitted from our work at SIC. In particular, we hope to showcase the great example of measurable progress that can be achieved through the right mentor relationship. Today, we feature Angie Madara, Founder and CEO of edtech platform Growd.

Angie is part of SIC’s mentorship programme, through which we help impact startups increase their impact by matching founders with experts and advisors. To help Growd’s growth and positioning, Angie was paired with Tzvete Doncheva. We are delighted to kick start our series with a story of hope, creativity, resilience and finding opportunity in crisis.

Angie and the Growd Global Team
Angie and the Growd Global Team
Angie and the Growd team

To start off, what is Growd and what does it do?

60% of children globally do not achieve minimum educational proficiency. The situation is worse in developing countries where 91% of children do not achieve this.

Hence, our vision is to build a vibrant ecosystem that enables more than 2 Billion children around the world access quality education, information and key services that will positively impact their lives, stimulate economic growth and create a ripple effect for the rest of the communities that they live in.

What have been the milestones achieved to date?

How has your experience in the mentorship programme been so far?

Angie Madara, Founder and CEO of Growd (left), and Tzvete Doncheva, mentor at SIC’s mentorship programme (right)

Could you share a piece of advice you received from Tzvete that has been particularly beneficial for Growd?

The beauty of working with Tzvete is that she lays it down in black and white. She doesn’t try and get you to do something that is wildly out there. She works with you to find answers that were staring you in the face. She helps you see simple actionable solutions to some problems that you thought were too big to tackle.

Has the SIC mentorship programme led to any observable positive impact at Growd?

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