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Total loan: $7,500

Bora

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Wrentham, MA, United States / Food

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A loan helped us to buy ingredients to make enough waffles on a daily basis.


Bora's story

Bora & Cengiz, the co-owners of Naughty Waffle, two basketball teammates when we were 15 years old in Istanbul, Turkey. Both ended up in the US after 25 years. 2 friends grew up together over the years, but then, I (Bora) moved to the US to pursue my college basketball dreams while Cengiz stayed in Turkey and turned pro. Over our basketball careers, both of us as players had several successes in our careers from the Turkish National Championships to High School World Championship. After basketball, I went on to receive my MBA at Santa Clara University, then continued in corporate finance roles while Cengiz started a few businesses in Istanbul; one of them was a burger joint. In 2019, Cengiz had the opportunity to bring their burger joint venture to the US. Unfortunately due to problems during the construction, the burger joint never opened its doors, but a new partnership was born from that failure; Naughty Waffle. In late 2019, Cengiz & I decided to partner up and open a business together in FL & MA, a food truck/trailer business, Naughty Waffle where they serve amazingly delicious, sweet waffles filled with chocolate spreads or PB spreads, fresh fruits, and nuts. Our backgrounds helped mold a perfect partnership where Cengiz is the chef who runs and operates the waffle business daily, while I am the key partner in the background handling finance and operations.