An Entrepreneur, A Connector

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NAME: Kavita Dau  

LOCATION: Vancouver

For this Connector Feature we are excited to introduce Kavita Dau, the 19-year-old CEO and founder of the Dau Academy, a Vancouver startup giving students an edge in creativity, imagination - and exam results. Kavita is a strong believer in social entrepreneurship, lifelong learning and the potential of all students. Read below to learn more about Kavita, and her work in the LOI Connector program.

What do you love about working with LOI?

I love the message that LOI is bringing to young people in terms of bringing awareness to entrepreneurship. The LOI team and all the connectors are such great people to work with, and were so supportive when I was apart of The Next Big Thing (their previous iteration) with Dau academy. It is great to be involved with LOI now, so that I can give back in the same way that I was supported previously.

Got any passions? What is your life goal and how will you reach it?

My passion is learning - I just finished my first year at UBC and really enjoyed it. This ties directly into my life goal of wanting every child to know that they can be successful and grow to love learning. This is why I am so passionate about Dau Academy, which provides exam strategies and courses that I eventually want to reach kids in developing countries, and is based on the belief that how you learn defines what you achieve.

For instance, girls in developing countries such as Afghanistan could benefit from Dau Academy programs. These programs would provide strategies for memorizing and learning, so they wouldn’t need to risk carrying school books, that are currently forbidden to them.

What does success mean to you?

Success means making a genuine difference for someone else.

The best advice you could give to a young entrepreneur is to… 

Learn from people around you – entrepreneurs can be so supportive and willing to share their experiences. These experiences cannot be learned in a textbook, but will allow you to gain insights that you wouldn’t learn unless you went through the process yourself.

Anecdote you want to share?

I was pitching at GSEA (Global Student Entrepreneur Awards), and it was the day before my math midterm as well as my 19th birthday - a pretty busy day. I hadn’t given much thought to my birthday, but mentioned it in passing to my mentor. At the end of the day, they brought out a birthday cake and the whole room sang me happy birthday… it was the best day ever!

The biggest influencer in your life?

My Dad, because he has allowed me to be curious and learn about different things, and is always willing to converse about any topic, from economics to politics to physics.  

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