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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 →

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 →

Accelerating Inclusive Fintech – Catalyst Fund

2017 has been a busy and fruitful year for us here at Catalyst Fund. We’re excited to share the companies we’re working with and what we learned from providing our hands-on and tailored advisory work to inclusive fintech companies in … Continue reading →

AI Readiness Toolkit

1.7 billion people worldwide remain unbanked and over 3 billion are underserved. Technology and digitization, however, driven by greater cellular connectivity, rising smartphone penetration, and lower-cost technologies, are making it easier to provide these customers with a wide range of … Continue reading →

Design For Trust Toolkit

1.7 billion people worldwide remain unbanked and over 3 billion are underserved. Technology and digitization, however, driven by greater cellular connectivity, rising smartphone penetration, and lower-cost technologies, are making it easier to provide these customers with a wide range of … Continue reading →

Inclusive Product Market Fit Toolkit

1.7 billion people worldwide remain unbanked and over 3 billion are underserved. Technology and digitization, however, driven by greater cellular connectivity, rising smartphone penetration, and lower-cost technologies, are making it easier to provide these customers with a wide range of … Continue reading →

What have we learned about catalyzing inclusive fintech startups so far?

Authored by Jonathan Duarte Thoughts from the Catalyst Fund Panel at FLII 2017 On Feb 15th, the Catalyst Fund hosted a panel about supporting early-stage inclusive fintech companies at FLII 2017 (The Latin American Impact Investing Forum). Held in Mérida, … Continue reading →

What are Fintech CEOs saying about the future of inclusive fintech?

  An insight, an opportunity, and a challenge     Last week, an incredible community of entrepreneurs who are building cutting-edge financial solutions for the underserved met to imagine and shape a fairer, more appropriate financial world. For the second … Continue reading →

Meet the Five Startups Shaping the Future of Inclusive Fintech in Emerging Markets

Through Innovations in e-Commerce, Blockchain, Mobile Money Integrations, and Agrifintech   At Catalyst Fund, we have been working with a wide range of startup companies to bring much-needed essential financial products and services to improve the lives of people on … Continue reading →

Three Key Ways that Inclusive Fintech Companies Deepen Financial Inclusion

Customers Value More Affordable, Better Designed and Time-saving Products and Services 1. Tech + Touch: New Interactions to Reach & Keep Customers Carolina, a building cleaner in Sao Paulo, is worried about providing for her young family with her tight … 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 →

Why We Invested: Meet the Newest Catalyst Fund Companies

Abalobi from South Africa, created a fisher-driven mobile app suite We’re excited to announce the latest companies to join the Catalyst Fund portfolio! Our new cohort of inclusive fintech startups is innovating in two promising areas: insurance technology (“insurtech”) and … Continue reading →

Three Powerful Tools for Fintech Practitioners

 Since we launched the Catalyst Fund in 2015, we have helped 15 fintech entrepreneurs deploy novel approaches to bring products and services to their customers. We have distilled the successful patterns and behaviors we have observed into toolkits and posts for those considering fintech methods … Continue reading →

Risky business: how to de-risk your fintech startup before it’s too late

Co-written by Elizabeth Davidson   If you’re a fintech entrepreneur, it’s probably not news to you that failure is more likely than success.   After all, an estimated 70% of tech startups fail, typically within the first two years after … 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 →

How Can Digital Financial Products Be 10 times Better to Deepen Financial Inclusion?

Meet the Newest Inclusive Fintech Startups in the Catalyst Fund Catalyst Fund offers up to $100K in fast and flexible grants, advisory services and one-on-one mentoring support to inclusive fintech startups that are developing innovative product and business models to meaningfully increase … 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 →