Unreasonable Fellows

Nicole Van Der Tuin

Founder & CEO at First Access

Nicole is an Unreasonable Fellow. Nicole has participated in 1 program, including Unreasonable Goals 2018.
Nicole is the Co-Founder and CEO of First Access. Ranked as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, and the only fintech entrepreneur for 2016, Nicole is a thought leader in financial inclusion who has lived on five continents and speaks five languages. Prior to First Access, she worked with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Endeavor Global. Nicole also helped Positive Planet to design and launch MicroWorld, a French social enterprise that offers corporate matching and P2P lending to micro-enterprises globally through local microfinance institutions. Nicole is a regular guest lecturer on fintech and entrepreneurship at Columbia University, and First Access has been featured in events and coursework across a dozen major research universities in the US and UK, including in Oxford’s fintech program. First Access has been selected as one of Entrepreneur’s Brilliant 100 and for MIT’s Zambezi Prize, PopTech's Social Innovation Fellowship, and has been featured in over 60 industry events and publications, including The Financial Times, The Economist, and Forbes.
Nicole now works at Accion's Opportunity Fund.