Village Capital Financial Solutions Migrants accelerator for impact-driven startups

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Application Deadline: January 6, 2023

Financial Solutions for Migrants is an accelerator for impact-driven startups developing bold solutions that increase the financial inclusion of migrants, including refugees, and especially targeting women. This program is funded by the Impact-Linked Fund for Gender Inclusive Fintechs (ILF for GIF) and managed by the Impact-Linked Finance Fund. The ILF for GIF provides Impact-Linked Finance and technical assistance to fintechs to incentivize a stronger focus on gender transformative outcomes.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Legal incorporation as a for-profit entity in an Sub-Saharan African / MENAT / South & Southeast Asian country 
  • Market-based solution that tackles the above listed challenges 
  • Have at least a minimum viable product (MVP) and some traction under their belt. Relaxation may be made for products in development if value proposition showcased is considered strong
  • Have meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, can also be successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)
  • Companies with founders of diverse backgrounds and products with a focus on women migrant consumers will be preferred

The program will:

  • Define: Develop and refine an in-depth, contextualized understanding of financial inclusion challenges for migrant and particularly migrant women across Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. Results will be shared in a public-facing report;
  • Accelerate: Identify and scale 30+ startups addressing those challenges through a combination of intensive in-person and virtual investment readiness training and platform-based long-term support. The acceleration will contribute to improving the ability of the products and services represented to fit the needs of migrant women; and
  • Convene: Build and develop partnerships that drive broad awareness of the challenges and opportunities in this space, catalyzing investment, storytelling, and other essential support for these solutions.

Benefits

entorship

Opportunities to network and receive mentorship from investors, strategic partners, founders, and business leaders.

Connections

Build deep connections with other founders in your track and our larger Village Capital investor and alumni network. Participate in mock board meetings with representatives from relevant institutions, corporates, and investors that can help their organization scale.

Training

Interactive workshop weeks tailored to help their company identify early milestones and prepare them for their next round of capital (if relevant). All selected companies will receive post-program support from the Village Capital team

Advice

One-on-one coaching with an investment analyst focused on building a financial model, identifying unit economics, and on using financial metrics to drive both their business and investor diligence.

Exposure

Exposure on Village Capital’s program website and other communications collateral.

Consideration for funding

All selected companies will be screened for eligibility to receive funding from the Impact-Linked Fund for Gender-Inclusive Fintech

Timeline:

  • November 1, 2022: Applications Open
  • January 6, 2023: Applications Close
  • March – May, 2023: Virtual Workshops
  • June 2023: Program Summit: In-person in Istanbul, Turkey

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Village Capital Financial Solutions Migrants accelerator

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