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International Student to Entrepreneur | Assel from Kazakhstan

Owning your own business in Canada is a dream that a lot of newcomers share and this episode’s guest is no different. Assel Beglinova moved from Kazakhstan to Toronto in 2012. She shares her story of learning English with a host family and now, 9 years later, launching her own FinTech venture called ‘Minance’ that helps solo entrepreneurs manage their money.  Assel shares her top tips to succeed as both an international student as well as a business owner in Canada and her motivational advice will get your entrepreneurial energy flowing! She reminds us to get out of our own way, be our biggest cheerleaders, and just do it.   You don’t want to miss:  All about growing up in one of the safest countries in the world: Kazakhstan. Assel’s experience as an international student in Toronto, staying with a Canadian host family and learning English. Her top 3 tips for soon-to-be or newly arrived international students. The biggest lessons she’s learnt whilst building her business in Canada. PLUS, what someone from Kazakhstan REALLY thinks about the fictional character ‘Borat’…!!   Links & Resources: Reach out to Assel on: LinkedIn Follow Assel’s Instagram: @b.linova Visit Assel’s company website: Download my 50 free tips from newcomers to Canada: What they wish they knew before they moved! Follow me on Instagram: @TheNewcomerCollective For more about us and what we do, check out our website: Make sure you hit SUBSCRIBE so you don’t miss out on any of our inspiring interviews and valuable ‘life in Canada’ lessons. And, if you enjoyed this episode, please let us know by leaving a review - Until next week!

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