MaRS Mornings with Ali Pourdad
MaRS Mornings is a monthly breakfast series that celebrates creative founders in the innovation community. Start your day with a coffee and inspiring talks from experienced entrepreneurs, visionary business leaders and innovators.
Ali Pourdad is co-founder and CEO of Progressa. Lauded by CB Insights for helping the world’s underserved populations, Progressa has invested over $50 million dollars in its proprietary credit score and software suite for enterprise partners looking to enhance collections strategy.
Under Ali’s leadership, Progressa has raised over $130 million in investor capital, including a successful $84-million pre-IPO round in 2018. The company has grown to over 110 employees in Vancouver and Toronto and is expected to surpass over $100 million in consumer loans by early 2019.
Prior to Progressa, Ali worked in corporate restructuring as well as audit and assurance. The majority of his professional career was spent at PwC where he managed top-tier engagements of financial firms. Born and raised in Vancouver, Ali holds a Canadian Chartered Accountant degree and a BBA in finance from Simon Fraser University. He is also a regular contributor to Business in Vancouver's weekly technology panel.
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