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With a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in financial management and commercial sciences, Fayza Boutuil Vermeersch, mother of two (soon to be three) children, works full-time as a project manager for a major pharmaceutical company. Despite busy days, she still finds time to devote to her other “baby”: BFOX, an application she imagined six years ago and launched last winter.
With a bachelor’s degree in law and a master’s degree in financial management and commercial sciences, Fayza Boutuil Vermeersch, mother of two (soon to be three) children, works full-time as a project manager for a major pharmaceutical company. Despite busy days, she still finds time to devote to her other “baby”: BFOX, an application she imagined six years ago and launched last winter. “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always liked helping others: school dropouts, students who needed Dutch lessons, people who had to put together a file to get a loan…, she says. Between my professional life and my family life, I started having trouble finding the time to do it. I then said to myself that there must be other people like me, except that we don’t know where to find them!During my studies in financial management, I looked into uberization and I thought about a way to make these services accessible to as many people as possible in a democratic way and through the through new technologies. Thus was born the idea of connecting Mr. and Mrs. Everybody with enthusiasts in different fields (education, digital, personal development, sport, etc.) via an application. the subject of my dissertation, which was praised by my professors, and which I decided to then develop.” BFOX was born. “The name and the logo refer to the fox, an animal that I love, cunning, intelligent… The B refers to the B of Belgium and the verb to be for ‘to be’: become a fox, a talent, or even a BBfox, a “baby fox”, therefore a customer who will acquire knowledge that he can in turn share.” The principle is simple: via a subscription formula (from 4.50 euros per month), all customers have access to the list of foxes, passionate experts available in all fields. The most popular are sports and personal development. On the fox side, the rates are variable and BFOX does not take any commission. “BFOX is an intermediary, explains Fayzal Boutuil Vermeersch. I wanted to establish healthy competition between foxes, who set their prices themselves. For some, it’s just a way of helping and they ask for less than 10 euros of the hour; others are seasoned professionals who value their experience.” The idea, in the long term, is to request a subscription from the foxes also to give them access to the list of customers. “I invested a substantial sum – 70,000 euros of equity – in the project, she says. I work with four people and interns whom I pay through part of my professional income. The application is not yet available. profitable, but I’m giving myself two years for it to become so. And I believe in it! I’ve already been offered to buy the project… The application has been downloaded by some 500 potential customers and we welcome currently about 30 new talents each month. However, the ratio remains uneven, and I am still looking for experts in certain fields.” Call is therefore launched to enthusiasts wishing to share their knowledge!