Emerging fintechs for financial inclusion

The Inclusive Fintech 50 competition recognizes promising early-stage fintechs driving financial inclusion around the globe.

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The Goal

  • The Inclusive Fintech 50 aims to make early-stage fintechs more visible to investors and others who can help them scale and reach more underserved people.

  • Additionally, the transparent methodology will help investors with their own assessments of early-stage inclusive fintechs, enhancing the impact of this effort.


What is it?


Inclusive Fintech 50 is a competition to identify, assess, and select 50 early-stage fintechs driving financial inclusion.

We are looking for fintechs in advanced or emerging markets that offer a solution among credit, insurance, payments & remittances, savings & personal financial management, or infrastructure addressing special challenges of underserved customer segments.


Why apply? 


Major visibility

  • Build a global profile in front of leading investors and partners that can help you scale

  • The competition is funded by MetLife Foundation and Visa, with support from Accion and IFC 

Simple process

  • The application can be completed during your lunch hour and doesn’t require multiple rounds of phone calls or interviews

  • We like to think of the selection criteria as ‘sensibly rigorous’

Gain credibility

  • We worked with investors to create questions that get beyond the fluff to identify startups poised for success

  • A panel of industry leading experts – including founders and investors – will select the winners





11 feb 2019

Application period opens

22 march 2019

Application period ends

May 2019

Judges select winners

June 2019

Winners announced

July 2019

White paper published