Catalyst Fund turns 5

We began with a goal of supporting inclusive fintech startups, to help them access the capital, support and talent they need to scale. 5 years later, we've supported 37 startups and are branching into new sectors across emerging markets. Celebrate this milestone with our team as we look to what's ahead.

In December 2015, the Catalyst Fund Inclusive Fintech Accelerator launched, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co., combining philanthropic grant capital and expert-led venture-building support.

 

Expansion + scale

 Over the past 5 years, we’ve tested and iterated our model, focused on entrepreneur-led, diagnostic-driven engagements with companies, to become the best growth partner for inclusive tech startups across emerging markets. We’ve expanded our focus to accelerate the ecosystem around our companies, and today are scaling into new sectors where fintech can play a role in improving the lives of the underserved.

What our startups, partners and supporters have to say

Embedded Finance

As the finance industry evolves to become more embedded in other sectors, we are working with tech innovators in adjacent sectors.

In October 2020, we launched the Inclusive Digital Commerce accelerator, designed to improve the livelihoods of MSEs in Ghana by accelerating digital commerce companies, with support from the Mastercard Foundation. We look forward to welcoming more partners in the near future.

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From digital commerce, to climate resilience, we are widening our focus to new areas where our approach can catalyze innovation and continue to improve the lives of underserved communities and small businesses. Thanks to our supporters, the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and the Mastercard Foundation.

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