Bethany Kanten

Bethany Kanten

Venture Builder

Bethany is a venture builder at BFA Global and a member of the venture building team within Catalyst Fund. Bethany is a specialist in commercial strategy with deep knowledge of sales, collections, and customer service operations in emerging markets.

Prior to joining Catalyst Fund, Bethany worked with Off-Grid Electric (now known as ZOLA Electric), a PayGo solar company now operating across sub-Saharan Africa. She worked primarily on the Group Commercial team - leading the development of sales, customer service, and payment follow-up / collections strategies across all countries and has worked on-the-ground with operating teams in Tanzania, Rwanda, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria.

Bethany holds a BsC in Electrical Engineering from Harvard University and an MBA from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. Within Catalyst Fund, she has led and contributed to venture building engagements with multiple fintech companies across a variety of Catalyst Fund markets, and has led the expansion of Catalyst Fund outside of fintech into new core areas including climate and health.

Publications by this author

The opportunity in Digital Finance for Climate Resilience (DF4CR)
Climate Action |

The opportunity in Digital Finance for Climate Resilience (DF4CR)

Current estimates indicate that at least 3.3 billion people are already vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change....

By Malika Anand
Why we invested: Verqor enables smallholder farmers in Mexico to access financing and connect with buyers
Climate Action |

Why we invested: Verqor enables smallholder farmers in Mexico to access financing and connect with buyers

Agriculture is a vital cornerstone of Mexico’s economy – employing 13% of the labor force and contributing over 3%...

By Bethany Kanten
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
Catalyzing an Ecosystem for Digital Finance for Climate Resilience
Climate Action |

Catalyzing an Ecosystem for Digital Finance for Climate Resilience

The UN-backed Race to Resilience campaign has committed to strengthening the climate resilience of 4 billion climate vulnerable people...

By Jacob Winiecki
Can inclusive fintech be the answer to climate resilience for underserved populations?
Climate Action |

Can inclusive fintech be the answer to climate resilience for underserved populations?

Climate change has already had a negative impact on the lives and livelihoods of billions of vulnerable, low-income, and...

By Malika Anand
Fintech accelerator programs find new opportunities in adapting to COVID-19
Inclusive Fintech |

Fintech accelerator programs find new opportunities in adapting to COVID-19

  Last year, with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co, Catalyst Fund started working with Bharat Inclusion Initiative’s...

By Bethany Kanten
La oportunidad para modelos PAYGo en Latino América
Climate Action |

La oportunidad para modelos PAYGo en Latino América

Read in English El mercado solar de pago por uso (PAYGo) es un mercado de $ 1,75 mil millones...

By Bethany Kanten
The market gap for climate change solutions in Africa
Climate Action |

The market gap for climate change solutions in Africa

The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the vulnerabilities of our health, financial, and economic systems. Scientists are warning that, at...

By Bethany Kanten
The opportunity for PAYGo in Latin America
Climate Action |

The opportunity for PAYGo in Latin America

The Pay-as-you-go (PAYGo) solar market is a $1.75B market serving over 420 million users, with over 30% annual revenue...

By Bethany Kanten