A Spotlight on Inclusive Fintech @SOCAP 2017


Catalyst Fund in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co, is hosting the first spotlight on inclusive fintech at SOCAP. 

  • When: October 10-13, 2017
  • Where: Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

SOCAP is the world’s leading conference on social capital markets—a gathering where powerful ideas are sparked and game changing partnerships get started. The conference brings together social entrepreneurs, impact investors, funders, business leaders and other innovators and problem solvers from across the world. Now in its 10th year, SOCAP is a catalyst for much needed change, creating a vibrant market for ventures that support people, planet, and profits.

Here are some of the upcoming panels organized by Catalyst Fund:

(Session dates and times confirmed as of 9/15/2017)

Risky business: How can we lower risks to scale innovative fintech companies?

One of the key challenges for impact investors is figuring out the level of risk involved in early-stage companies. But what if that risk could be somewhat removed to pave the way for more money to flow in innovative solutions? In this session investors and startups of Catalyst Fund will discuss ways to de-risk investments in fintech startups in emerging markets by working with a group of like-minded investors, funders, entrepreneurs and fintech specialists.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
10:45am - 11:45am PST


Berit Ashla, VP, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors


  1. Maelis Carraro, Program Manager of Catalyst Fund and Associate at BFA
  2. Tahira Dosani, Managing Director, Accion Venture Lab 
  3. Frank Schutte, CEO, Mobilife
  4. Colleen Briggs, Executive Director of Community Innovation, Office of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (TBD)

Scaling FinTech for Inclusion around the world

FinTech innovators have the potential to increase access to, improve the quality of,  and reduce the cost of financial services for the underserved at scale. But to scale successfully, they need access to different kinds of capital in their growth trajectory. This session explores the capital and resources needs of inclusive fintechs. Startups at different stages of venture development, funders, and investors speak to the challenges of identifying the right capital at the right time.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm PST


Vikas Raj, MD, Accion Venture Lab


  1. Christopher Sheehan, CEO, WorldCover
  2. Allison Lu, VP of Credit, Tala 
  3. Alex Lazarow, Partner, Omidyar Network 
  4. Jacob Haar, Managing Partner, Community Investment Management

Hype or Reality? AI for Financial Inclusion

Artificial Intelligence is today’s buzzword. AI has the potential to reduce costs, boost client engagement and improve business decision-making. When targeting low-income customers, AI can mean better-margins, higher employment rates and manageable fees on financial services. But how is AI currently benefiting fintech companies and what challenges are they encountering? This session covers how fintechs, financial institutions and Silicon Valley investors view AI’s potential in global financial services and the implications for low-income customers.

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:00 am - 12:00 pm PST


David del Ser, Program Director of Catalyst Fund and Inclusive Fintech Director at BFA 


  1. Felipe Cunha, CEO, ToGarantido 
  2. Sheel Mohnot, Partner, 500 Startups
  3. Qiuyan Xu, Chief Data Scientist, Cignifi

Designing Inclusive Financial Products that Build Trust

Trust is the backbone of business success and it is ever more important when offering digital financial services to low income customers. From product design to product delivery, how can startups build and maintain trust with their customers? This panel discusses the key elements of trust building in inclusive product design, the challenges faced by early stage companies and a roadmap to build trust along the customer journey.

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 12, 2017
2:45 pm - 3:45 pm PST


Maelis Carraro, Program Manager of Catalyst Fund and Associate at BFA


  1. Rohit Bhatia, CEO, PayLatr
  2. Kristen Berman, Common Cents Lab
  3. Michael Mori, Dalberg Design Impact Group (DIG)

Powering Solutions for a Financially Healthy America

Since 2015 the Financial Solutions Lab has supported 27 companies who are building products that improve the financial health of American consumers. Companies from the Lab's first two graduating classes raised over $135MM in follow on capital and are now serving nearly 1.5MM Americans. This session will explore some of the learnings and insights from this program which will have relevance for grant-makers, investors and entrepreneurs Featuring founders from the Lab, the session will highlight how technology is improving the financial health of American consumers through innovative distribution and servicing models that open up new markets and could have broad long-term implications on the U.S. financial services industry.

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 12, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PST


Ryan Falvey, Managing Director, the Financial Solutions Lab at the Center for Financial Services Innovation 


  1. Colleen Briggs, Executive Director of Community Innovation, Office of Corporate Responsibility at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  2. Morgan Conbere, Co-Founder and CEO of Token Transit 
  3. Nico Barawid, International Partnerships, Nova Credit
  4. Jerry Nemorin, CEO and Founder of Lendstreet

Below are other Catalyst Fund events taking place during SOCAP

The Catalyst Fund and JPMC Reception and Demo Day at SOCAP

  • When: Wednesday, October 11 at 7pm to 9:30pm PST
  • Location: Sartle Library + Embark Gallery
  • Program: Demo Day of Catalyst Fund companies and networking
  • Request invitation by contacting Kelly Nguyen: knguyen@bfaglobal.com