Idil is a freshly minted Harvard graduate who managed to build her career consistently while at school, constantly flying back-and-forth between Boston and Stockholm to pursue the latest opportunity, whether it be in ESG or data (or a marriage of both).
But how come a woman from New Jersey, with no parental roots in Scandinavia, fell in love with Sweden? That’s a question we asked ourselves, too.
“You could say that it all came together randomly. As a freshman in 2017, I had to fulfill a language requirement and decided to take something random like Swedish. When learning about the country, I also learned about the growing startup scene and it lit a desire to experience it first-hand and stay in touch with it post-grad.”
Another spontaneous class decision in 2022 led her to explore VC – a class on Entrepreneurship and Innovation taught by VC and PE expert Josh Lerner at the Harvard Business School. That set her path to byFounders.
During her internship, Idil will be driving byFounders’ mission to become more impact and diversity-oriented, working closely with founders and change-makers to set up a more sustainable business, and using her knowledge and experience to fortune tell the newest and most innovative verticals for 2023.
“I’m inspired by innovative solutions that help navigate unchartered waters, and mostly driven by the folks daring to go into the unknown. We’re finally seeing the traditional turn untraditional: heavy industrials are just now becoming digitalized - such as manufacturing and mining - and problems that could only be solved beyond doctor’s doors - especially problems in women’s health - are now suddenly getting the attention they need from several parties.”
When Idil is not researching niche markets, you’ll her at a spinning class or learning a new language (with Turkish and Swedish done and dusted, Danish seems like an appropriate next step).
She loves to chat about new and revolutionary ideas with the change-makers behind them. Feel free to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org