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Steph Curry and Zoom CEO Eric Yuan just backed her college financing startup, and now this immigrant founder is tackling students' financial hardships brought on by COVID

Steph Curry and Zoom CEO Eric Yuan just backed her college financing startup, and now this immigrant founder is tackling students' financial hardships brought on by COVID
Amira Yahyaoui



Amira Yahyaoui founded Mos, an education startup helping college students apply for and manage financial aid, near the end of 2017 after experiencing the hardships many students feel throughout the application process.




The company has raised $17 million from investors like Sequoia Capital, basketball star Steph Curry, Zoom CEO Eric Yuan, and Jay Z.




Mos offers students a one-stop-shop approach to searching and applying for government-backed financial aid, Yahyaoui said.




But with many students and their families out of work due to the coronavirus-led shutdowns and campuses off-limits, Mos is now also helping users appeal financial aid decisions.




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Amira Yahyaoui isn't exactly a huge Star Wars fan, but she is familiar with Tatooine.
In the franchise, the desolate desert planet was home to Luke Skywalker. It is based on a real-life city in the desert of southern Tunisia called Tataouine, where Yahyaoui is from.
When she started her first company, an education startup, she pulled inspiration from her home city's fictional twin. Mos is part of the name of major cities within Tatooine. It's also easy to pronounce regardless of someone's accent, easy to spell, and even easier to remember. Yahyahoui was sold, and Mos the startup was born.
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