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Meet FarMart, the customer service app for India’s agri-input merchants

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

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Video: Inclusive Fintech Accelerator Catalyst Fund announces scale-up

Catalyst Fund Project Launch Video “Innovation is increasingly important…some of the solutions that are going to solve worldwide problems are emerging from the Global South” – Amolo Ng’Weno, CEO, BFA Global In January 2020, Catalyst Fund, managed by BFA Global … Continue reading →

Meet Meerkat, the savings and debt management solution designed to improve the financial health of South Africans

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

8 Steps for fintech startups: Planning a strategic response to COVID-19

  As the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds around us, reported cases across most emerging markets are still relatively low. As of March 30, Nigeria had 111 confirmed cases, Kenya reported 50, India and Mexico reported around 1000, and South Africa around … Continue reading →

Meet Kwara, the digital platform powering Kenya’s cooperative savings and credit sector

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Meet Pesakit, the smart app for mobile money agents in Kenya

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Meet Spoon Money, the savings and lending platform for South Africa’s female informal traders

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Meet Cowrywise, the smart savings and investment app for Nigerian youth

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Why our money is on this Brazilian female fintech founder: meet Monica of Grão

    This post was co-authored by Malika Anand and Thea Sokolowski.   A former securities broker and two-time entrepreneur, Monica Saccarelli was the first female partner at Brazilian brokerage house Link Investimentos. Today, she is CEO of savings platform … Continue reading →

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 →

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups

Catalyst Fund welcomes new cohort of inclusive fintech startups creating solutions to improve the financial health of underserved communities and small businesses. Continue reading →

Catalyst Fund announces expansion, $15 million in funding from UK aid, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Global inclusive fintech accelerator Catalyst Fund announces new £12 million GBP ($15 million USD) commitment from UK aid and JPMorgan Chase & Co. to advance financial inclusion in emerging markets New commitment to help fund the growth of 30 early-stage … Continue reading →

Lean user research: How Diin sequenced data analysis and user interviews to generate insights

Co-authored with Javier Linares   Startups typically chase growth by acquiring more and more customers. It is tempting to interpret more customers as a signal that your product is working. But, as we have discussed before, startups need to be … 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 →

Re-envisioning fintech innovation in Kenya

“… technology to shape the future…rather than simply allowing the future to shape us.” – Alderman Peter Estlin, 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London   Last week, Catalyst Fund launched our chapter in Kenya, alongside our partners FSD … Continue reading →

Meet Catalyst Fund’s Newest Game Changers

Introducing the newest cohort of Catalyst Fund   Fintech innovations are breaking new ground every day. We are in awe of the new fintech products and services that meet the needs of low-income customers in emerging markets. If you have … Continue reading →

Meet Catalyst Fund’s Venture-Builders

Catalyst Fund bets on talent to deliver tailored technical assistance Entrepreneurs apply to the Catalyst Fund for the money, but they stay for venture-building support.   Catalyst Fund’s tailored venture-building support puts the weight of BFA Global’s deep expertise in inclusive fintech … Continue reading →

Four Steps to Being Agile for Fintech Companies

Banco Maré’s Journey from Working Enthusiastically to Working Deliberately     Startups have great ideas and the best intentions for impact; they are inspired, passionate, and motivated. But too often, they end up frustrated; losing crucial talent and spinning their … Continue reading →

Accelerating to Investment: Four Strategies for Securing Follow-on Funding for Fintech Startups

Co-authored with Maelis Carraro   The goal for every startup — fintech or otherwise — is securing funding for growth. Yet most fintech startups launch with an abundance of ideas and optimism, but without the capital to test and scale … Continue reading →