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The Short Cut:

A quick fire chat about working life with Layla  White 

Layla White, CEO & Founder at TechPassport

At the heart of the Nurture Network is the power of sharing experiences. From breakthrough career moments, to best ever advice, how to deal with stress and the women that inspire them.

The Short Cut designed to bring you a snapshot of our members’ working lives. Today we’re speaking to Layla White, CEO & Founder at TechPassport.

Tell us about your breakthrough career moment

When I was working at HSBC on the commercial side, my boss said that it was taking too long to onboard fintechs and that it was stifling innovation. He said we had to get it down to 4 days! Can you imagine?

But it got me thinking that it was a problem across the whole industry that needed fixing. So I found a solution and set up TechPassport. We now have NDAs and POCs brought down to just 24 hours for our Tier 1 Banks.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever had?

To focus on one thing at a time as you grow a company as its easy to get excited and speed ahead with your ideas.
But slow and steady wins the race and allows you to be an expert in each area before you branch out.

Have you ever felt held back as a women?

Not overly, but I have had set backs and experienced imposter syndrome.

How do you protect your mental health in moments of pressure?

I have two beautiful daughters, so in those moments I spend time with them. They re-ground me and make me realise why I am doing all this, for them.

Do you have any hobbies to keep you busy in your spare time?

What spare time?!

Do any founders have such a thing! Pre-TechPassport I was a triathlete.

I feel empowered when… 

…I support others and rise them up.

The world would be a better place when…

… Banks and FinTech’s collaborate to help each other.

The woman everyone should know about is…

…Gemma Young, founder of women of fintech.

As well as being a single mum of 4 young kids, working full time for us as Chief Growth Officer at TechPassport, she somehow also finds time to run a community of over 3,800 women to help promote gender diversity, giving back to the industry and bettering it for us all. 

The woman who empowers me the most is…

…my mum.

She helped to fund this venture, was an entrepreneur when I was a child so has inspired and empowered me to get where I am.

Where is your favourite place in the world?… 

Santorini – it holds special memories for me as it’s where I got married.


One of Layla's favourite places in the world, Santorini, Greece, photo credit Dan