Fincluders Bootcamp 2017: Funding Access for All

Much of the world benefits from a strong finance industry, and a thriving financial technology sector providing innovative services to ease the lives of businesses and consumers. It is easy to forget that some countries lack the infrastructure for such innovation, and are much more cash reliant and without access to formal credit, savings, or other more secure financial products.

Tackling these challenges, the EFSE Fund and the SANAD Fund for MSME, advised by Finance in Motion, have partnered with Village Capital and the Luxembourg House of Financial Technology(LHoFT) to develop the Fincluders Bootcamp 2017. Building on the successful Fincluders Startup Competitions in Berlin, Germany and Amman, Jordan the Fincluders bootcamp is a unique investment readiness program designed for entrepreneurs offering inclusive financial products to underserved groups across Southeast Europe, the European Eastern Neighbourhood region and the MENA region.​

Details of the full agenda will be available in the Fincluders Bootcamp website soon.

The Qualifying Startups

The criteria for startups looking to join the program were the following:

  • Currently be operating in/have ability to expand your business to the regions served by the EFSE and SANAD Fund
  • Have a minimum viable product (MVP), and raised less than $3M in equity
  • Have meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, can also be successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)

The bootcamp will provide the 12 selected startups with intensive mentoring and coaching, and will offer opportunities for targeted exposure visits and business development, helping them to move to the next stage of their development.

 

The Startups:

Provides underbanked farmers with competitive point-of-sale financing for farm inputs:

 

Tarfin:Turkey

 

Lending-as-a-service platform for schools, providing access to student finance options:

 

Quotanda:Spain/Mexico

 

Online trade hub connecting farmers and buyers and on-demand logistics service:

 

Agrocenta:Ghana

 

Lending and saving with friends and family through the use of social reputation:

Money Fellows

Moneyfellows:Egypt

 

Affordable cloud point-of-sale platform for small business owners:

 

POSRocket:Jordan

 

Provides underbanked farmers with competitive point-of-sale financing for farm inputs:

 

Seso:South Africa

 

Credit-scoring for smallholder farmers, based on a range of data including agricultural:

 

FarmDrive:Kenya

 

 

OptioAI:Georgia
Chatbot giving personal finance advice for millennials, improving spending decisions.

OptioAI:Georgia
Chatbot giving personal finance advice for millennials, improving spending decisions.

CircleMoney:Croatia
Multilateral compensations platform settling claims of SMEs.

Kredico:Turkey
Individual and business credit scoring using multiple data sources.

PayMob:Egypt
Financial infrastructure and mobile money solutions for merchants and consumers.

KiraPlus:Turkey
Payments platform facilitating property rent management.

Over the next few weeks we will be publishing interviews with the founders of each of these startups, which you will be able to find here.

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The LHoFT Foundation

The LHoFT Foundation is a not-for-profit initiative supported by the public & private sector to drive innovation for, and digitialisation of Luxembourg’s financial services industry. The LHoFT is the national platform and central hub for Fintech, working to connect the domestic and international community to solve challenges and address opportunities that will ensure the Financial Industry’s continued competitiveness.

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