Accelerating innovative fintech solutions for the world’s 3 billion underserved
Who we are
Catalyst Fund is an accelerator for inclusive fintech startups. We work with innovators in emerging markets who are building affordable, accessible, and appropriate solutions for underserved communities, and accelerate the local innovation ecosystems around them.
Catalyst Fund is supported by The UK Department for International Development (DFID) and JPMorgan Chase & Co., managed by BFA Global and fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.
What we do
Our Partners + Supporters
Stories from the Field
Delivering Modern Energy in Kenya, Building on Mobile Money
Authored by Nancy Widjaja In late August, I had the great opportunity to spend time with the PayGo Energy team in Nairobi as part of Venture Lab’s work in driving the learning agenda of Catalyst Fund — where PayGo Energy is an investee. The … Continue reading →
How is Catalyst Fund helping Abalobi build financial services for people on low-income?
Here’s how Catalyst Fund, a program of BFA with the support of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is working with Abalobi and Serge Raemaekers to build #financialservices that small-scale fishers want. #CF20 https://catalyst-fund.org/cf20
Accelerating Early-stage Inclusive Fintech Startups In Emerging Markets
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 their products. So their journey … 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 their … Continue reading →
Can fintech bridge the digital divide in India?
Authored in collaboration with Malika Anand Forecasters predict that Indians will conduct more than US$1 trillion in digital transactions by 2025. Eighty percent of Indians already own a bank account, 54% of Indians use broadband mobile connections, and data services … 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 of … Continue reading →
Inclusive Fintech in Practice: Chipper Cash Illustrates Three Key Ways to Tackling Cross-Border Payments in Africa
Customer using Chipper Cash app 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 … Continue reading →
Re-envisioning fintech innovation in Kenya
“… technology to shape the future…rather than simply allowing the future to shape us.” – Alderman Peter Estlin, 691st Lord Mayor of the City of London Last week, Catalyst Fund launched our chapter in Kenya, alongside our partners FSD Kenya … Continue reading →