Increasing Access to Financial Services for the Unbanked

Catalyst Fund accelerates promising startups and spurs innovation in financial inclusion in emerging markets.

This new initiative is generously supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co

Catalyst Fund addresses a common problem we see with early stage startups in the inclusive fintech space. They have a hard time securing the capital and expertise needed to complete and test their products. This throttles innovation and limits the impact from new approaches. 

In 2016, Catalyst Fund started deploying $2M in grant capital and $1M in in-kind advisory services to about 20 startup enterprises globally. Mentorship is provided by an investors advisory committee of leading impact investors: Accion Venture LabGray Ghost Ventures, Omidyar NetworkQuona Capital and 500 Startups

In addition, Catalyst Fund seeks to generate insights and lessons about financial inclusion products, technologies and business models and the process of startup-led innovation, which are shared with the wider sector to build up the knowledge base.

Learn more by downloading our two-pager.

Catalyst Fund is a project of and managed by BFA and fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors . 


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