Accelerating fintech startups to deliver accessible, appropriate, and affordable services to the underserved.

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

Managed by BFA, the program is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co


All around the world, entrepreneurs are trying to solve meaningful problems experienced by people on low incomes. But they can’t do it alone -- early-stage innovation can’t scale without access to flexible capital, the right tech, product, and customer expertise in emerging markets, and critical connections to investors.


Managed by BFA and with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co., Catalyst Fund works closely with inclusive fintech startups to derisk their early stages. We help startups shorten their time to product market fit — validating products or services low-income customers want and that can become viable businesses — and raise funding from later-stage investors.

AAA Products for the Underserved

Inclusive Fintech startups are reaching low-income customers with life-changing financial products in credit, microinsurance, paygo energy and education. These firms are masters at understanding low-income customer needs. By leveraging innovative technology, data analytics and new business models, they deliver products and services that are:

Since 2016, Catalyst Fund has deployed $2M in grant capital and $1M in bespoke advisory services to 20 global startup enterprises.

Through our hands-on work advising startups, we’ve developed the Triple A Framework: Accessible, Affordable, and Appropriate, which are proven strategies for succeeding in inclusive fintech. Our startups have access to our 40-member Circle of Investors, and have raised US $1M on average after completing our program.

Video: Learn how Catalyst Fund supports and works with companies to unlock value proposition and get early-stage startups investment-ready

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