Tulay is an insurtech startup that aims to connect international students to equitable health insurance plans in Canada.
We identified a big problem that majority of international students do not have access to adequate health insurance coverage in Canada.
In 2017, Bernice’s had to pay over $40,000 to cover my brother’s medical expenses after sustaining an injury. He was an international student and he didn’t have the right insurance coverage. It was a time of unimaginable emotional and financial distress. This is the reason why we created Tulay.
Tulay Insured is co-founded by both Alyssa Mariano and Bernice Ebata.
Alyssa is an experienced project manager who worked in the biggest telecommunications company in the Philippines handling paid public Wi-Fi project in the consumer and mobile business. She also worked as the credit card project manager in a FinTech company in the Philippines. Alyssa just finished her Master of Business Entrepreneurship and Technology degree at the University of Waterloo.
Alyssa is an abstract painter and sold over 40 paintings worldwide. During the peak of the pandemic, she donated 70% of her proceeds to farmers in the Philippines who were greatly affected by lockdowns and economic crisis.