Who We Are

Catalyst Fund is an accelerator for inclusive fintech startups. We work with innovators in emerging markets who are building affordable, accessible, and appropriate solutions for underserved communities, and accelerate the local innovation ecosystems around them.

Catalyst Fund is supported by The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and JPMorgan Chase & Co., managed by BFA Global and fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

What We Do


Accelerate early-stage inclusive fintechstartups

Venture building support

1:1 connections with investors

Patient capital



Accelerate innovation
ecosystems in emerging


Corporate innovators

Talent networks

Ecosystem facilitators


Share insights + evidence on how inclusive fintech innovations benefit the underserved

Blogs + publications


Startup toolkits


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Our Partners + Supporters

Stories from the Field

Latest Publications

What will it take for Nigeria’s inclusive fintech sector to flourish?

This post was co-authored by Thea Sokolowski and Malika Anand. Despite a notoriously challenging operating environment, there are signs of improvement for fintech startups in Nigeria. Financial inclusion rates are surprisingly low (41.6% remain excluded), but mobile penetration rates are … Continue reading →

Can fintech bridge the digital divide in India?

Authored in collaboration with Malika Anand Forecasters predict that Indians will conduct more than US$1 trillion in digital transactions by 2025. Eighty percent of Indians already own a bank account, 54% of Indians use broadband mobile connections, and data services … Continue reading →

Designing fintech solutions for inclusion: key takeaways from SOCAP 2019

“A truly inclusive innovation only works if it is adopted by the end-users it’s designed to serve.” — Maelis Carraro, Director, BFA Global Catalyst Fund   Themed Accelerating a New Global Market at the Intersection of Money + Meaning, SOCAP is the largest annual gathering … Continue reading →

Inclusive Fintech in Practice: Chipper Cash Illustrates Three Key Ways to Tackle Cross-Border Payments in Africa

  The mobile money revolution in East Africa has yet to extend to cross-border transactions, even as the region is becoming more integrated economically. A study by CGAP and BFA Global found that “around 8 percent of people in East Africa actively send or … Continue reading →