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Meet Nosa Iyare of Overwrite

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nosa Iyare.

Hi Nosa, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I am originally from Nigeria and moved to the US in 2017 to attend business school. After business school in Washington DC, I moved to Denver to start a new job with a Community Development Financial Institution. Three years later I found myself starting my consulting firm called Overwrite. It has been a wild ride for this relatively new immigrant.

To go from being a student to working to starting a business in the US all under five years is indeed a crazy journey. Within the first year of our business, we have managed to land five clients and are growing with a team of six people. The American dream may still be alive after all. I am looking forward to growing our business and giving back to the Denver community that made me.

We are a consulting firm that provides outsourced underwriting and technical assistance to Credit Unions, Community Banks, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).

Overwrite is an organization committed to giving back. As such, we aren’t just focused on profit but also allocate pro-bono hours every month to help our community. Our focus in this regard includes financial literacy for underserved communities, free mentorship for young entrepreneurs and free office hours for Non-profit organizations focused on financial inclusion (combined 10-20 hours a month).

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Has not been a smooth road. There’s always a culture shock for new immigrants and I faced this when I moved here five years ago. Little things like how the traffic lights work differ here compared to my country. I had to learn fast.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Overwrite is a consulting firm that provides outsourced underwriting and technical assistance support to Credit Unions, Community Banks, and Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs). We are playing our part in solving the ‘access to capital’ problem. Learn more at overwriteinc.com.

Do you have any advice for those just starting?
Say yes to everything (especially if you are under 30). You don’t know what’s out there, what you may like or what you can get good at if you don’t try. Say yes to every project, volunteer request, or event, and double down on what you find interesting.

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