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Women’s World Banking Fintech Innovation Challenge: Providing Unbanked and Underserved Women with Access to Financial Services

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted June 1, 2020 from Brazil
Expired on June 14, 2020
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One billion women around the world do not have access to financial services, and there is a 9% gender gap in financial access across emerging markets.

Furthermore, women are particularly vulnerable to global health and economic shocks, increasing the need to support their resilience and recovery in these challenge times.

Women’s World Banking wants to identify FinTech innovations providing unbanked and underserved women with access financial services in order to build their security and prosperity in the face of these global economic uncertainties.

Women’s World Banking will support innovations in digital financial solutions that are designed to increase unbanked and underserved women’s access to and usage of financial solutions so that they may achieve security and prosperity.

FinTechs must submit solutions in either of one of two categories:
a) Build Security and Resiliency
How might they enable unbanked and underserved women to build resilience through convenient, secure, and reliable access to safety nets (i.e. funds for emergencies) to help mitigate against global shocks?
b) Build Economic Prosperity
How might they enable unbanked and underserved women to expand their income-generating activities to build their business and household income and support economic recovery after global shocks?

Grand Prize Winners Receive
1. Compete as a finalist in the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s (MAS) Global FinTech Hackcelerator (powered by KPMG Digital Village) during the Singapore FinTech Festival in November 2020, and be fast-tracked to receive a MAS Proof-of-Concept Grant up to $S200,000. The top three winners of the MAS Global FinTech Hackcelerator will also get an additional S$50,000 Cash Prize.
2. Tuition coverage for a pair of leaders (senior executive (male or female) and high potential woman leader) to participate in the next Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program.

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Eligibility Criteria:
1. Startup FinTechs based anywhere that are leveraging technology to provide financial services for unbanked and underserved women in emerging markets.
2. Solutions do not need to be exclusively for unbanked and underserved women but must show deliberate intent to be inclusive of reaching the segment.
3. Applicants can be pre-revenue but must demonstrate a viable value proposition to reach unbanked and underserved women.
4. Solutions should focus on building women’s security or prosperity, particularly in supporting resilience and recovery from global economic shocks.
5. FinTechs should also demonstrate a commitment to developing women leaders through the presence of women in their senior management team and Board of Directors.

For more information, please visit https://www.womensworldbanking.org/fintech-innovation-challenge-2020/

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Jun 01
Jun 01

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required from an organization like yours);
3. Write (baby steps...!) and discuss a project draft - to validate the priorities within your group and to train your grant writing skills;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal/project. Start now!!!
5. Visit the World Pulse website >>> My Pulse >>> Resources and then use its filters (right upper corner) to find what may really suit you;
6; Share the opportunities that may not apply to you but can interest others;
7. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network.

Jill Langhus
Jun 03
Jun 03

Thanks, Ana.