Abby Butkus

Abby Butkus

Program Manager, Catalyst Fund

Abby is the Program Manager for Catalyst Fund, where she oversees the program's complex operations. Abby brings years of experience in project management and financial inclusion. Previously, Abby was the Finance Director at New Profit, a venture philanthropy firm. She also worked in East Africa with One Acre Fund, an agriculture distribution and financing social enterprise dedicated to increasing prosperity for smallholder farmers. Prior to that she was a researcher at CGAP and completed General Electric’s Financial Management Program. Abby holds a Master's degree in International Development from Institut d’Etudes Politiques and a BS in Accounting and International Business from Villanova University.

Publications by this author

How do accelerator programs approach funding for startups? Six considerations every program should evaluate
Inclusive Fintech |

How do accelerator programs approach funding for startups? Six considerations every program should evaluate

Not all startup accelerator programs are right for all founders. From the particular expertise of the acceleration team, to...

By Malika Anand
4 tips for converting internships into full-time offers
Inclusive Fintech |

4 tips for converting internships into full-time offers

  The African fintech industry provides dynamic, exciting opportunities for junior professionals to kickstart their career. However, even as...

By Abby Butkus
Kwara launches first-of-its-kind training program for junior talent in Kenya
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Kwara launches first-of-its-kind training program for junior talent in Kenya

Fintech startups can be tempted to find tech solutions for all aspects of their business, but customer support often...

By Abby Butkus
Does your startup struggle to find talent? Four ways to grow your own
Inclusive Fintech |

Does your startup struggle to find talent? Four ways to grow your own

  Although startups consistently report they struggle to find talent, few consider interns to be a viable pathway. This...

By Abby Butkus
Making waves: Cynthia Wandia embodies the best of female fintech entrepreneurship
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Making waves: Cynthia Wandia embodies the best of female fintech entrepreneurship

Cynthia Wandia is the CEO and co-founder of Kwara, an accounting and business management SaaS for SACCOs in Kenya....

By Abby Butkus
SaaS startup Kwara is helping SACCOs deliver during COVID-19
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SaaS startup Kwara is helping SACCOs deliver during COVID-19

Savings and Credit Co-operatives (SACCOs) are the financial service backbone of the unbanked population in Kenya. While SACCOs increasingly...

By Abby Butkus
Catalyst Fund and Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance launch internship program for fintech startups in emerging markets
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Catalyst Fund and Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance launch internship program for fintech startups in emerging markets

Catalyst Fund and Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance launch internship program for fintech startups in emerging markets Startup CEOs...

By Abby Butkus