Ecosystem acceleration

We know that accelerating tech companies alone is not sufficient. The wider environment in which they operate also has to be conducive to their growth - which means addressing capital, talent, partnerships and regulatory barriers.


Catalyst Fund accelerates the inclusive innovation tech ecosystem by bringing together leading global and local innovators to form circles of investors, corporate institutions, market facilitators and more, who receive access to our de-risked startups and deep industry insights, exchange ideas through peer networks and commit to working with us to advance the wider ecosystem.

Circle of Investors

Our Circle of Investors is composed of 150+ leading global and local emerging markets and tech investors, who are excited to support the next innovations in inclusive tech.


Circle of Corporate Innovators

Our Circle of Corporate Innovators includes local and international innovation-focused financial institutions, telcos and more who are building the foundation for successful corporate-startup partnerships.

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Talent Program

We partner with leading universities and talent networks to fill short-term gaps in technology, data, design and business talent at our companies, and elevate career opportunities in the inclusive fintech sector.



Catalyst Climate Champions

A 12-month program empowering individuals within Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem to inspire innovators to explore and build climate-smart solutions.



Key benefits for circle members

Exclusive insights and evidence from our work on the ground with companies testing new innovations and business models designed to reach the underserved

Fast-tracked referral to Catalyst Fund portfolio companies

A global network of peers committed to supporting the growth of the inclusive tech ecosystem

Collaboration opportunities on the latest BFA Global and Catalyst Fund research