February 15

Accelerating Inclusive Fintech

Catalyst Fund is a philanthropic grant fund at the forefront of Inclusive Fintech, an initiative of BFA with the support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and JPMorgan Chase & Co., and fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. Since 2016, Catalyst Fund has been accelerating startups targeting the bottom of the pyramid, bringing to bear BFA’s deep expertise in the financial behaviors and needs of low-income customers in emerging markets. Catalyst Fund de-risks early-stage fintech companies with a wraparound approach — flexible grants, the right strategic guidance on technology, product and customers, and access to investors. Our 20 startup companies have continued to grow, and for those raising capital, have successfully closed follow-on funding rounds. To further the learning from our direct work at the frontier, we seek to share our industry insights and customized tools in building digital financial services for the next billion.