More
    HomePartner ContentEcobank Launches Fintech Challenge, Offering Funding & Access to 35 African Markets

    Ecobank Launches Fintech Challenge, Offering Funding & Access to 35 African Markets

    Published on

    spot_img

    Ecobank Group, a leading pan-African banking institution, has announced the opening of applications for its 7th annual Ecobank Fintech Challenge. The competition invites fintech startups from across Africa and globally to showcase their innovative solutions and potentially partner with Ecobank to scale their products across the bank’s vast network of 35 African markets.

    The challenge, which has a proven track record of fostering successful partnerships and driving financial inclusion in Africa, is open to both early-stage and mature fintech companies. This year’s edition offers a grand prize of US$50,000, along with a range of other benefits designed to accelerate the growth and impact of participating startups.

    Benefits for Finalists and Fellows:

    • Pan-African Product Rollout: Integration with Ecobank’s platform, offering potential for widespread product adoption across the continent.
    • Service Provider Partnerships: Opportunities to become pan-African service partners within Ecobank’s ecosystem.
    • Access to Ecobank’s Sandbox: Utilization of Ecobank’s APIs for testing and refining products for the African market.
    • Priority Funding Access: Introduction to Ecobank’s venture capital partners for potential investment.

    “Over the past six years, the Fintech Challenge has played a crucial role in identifying and nurturing fintech talent across Africa,” said Jeremy Awori, CEO of Ecobank Group. “We are proud to have partnered with several successful fintechs, launching innovative products that have transformed the digital landscape and expanded financial access for millions.”

    Tomisin Fashina, Operations and Technology Executive at Ecobank Group, emphasized the challenge’s commitment to fostering innovation and driving economic progress. “The Ecobank Fintech Challenge has become a catalyst for scalability and growth in the African fintech ecosystem,” he stated. “Through this initiative, we continue to discover and empower the next generation of innovators who are shaping the future of finance on our continent.”

    Applications for the 2024 Ecobank Fintech Challenge are open until July 7, 2024, and can be submitted through the official website: https://Ecobankfintechchallenge.com. The Grand Finale and Awards ceremony are scheduled for mid-September.

    Ecobank Group is a leading pan-African banking group with a presence in 35 African countries and international operations in France. The bank is committed to driving financial inclusion and economic development across the continent through innovative products, services, and partnerships.

    Latest articles

    R&D Maroc, the Fund Manager Behind Morocco’s Innov Invest Fund, Returns to the Scene

    Under the second edition of the Innov Invest Fund, R&D Maroc will offer the “Tech Start” program to startups that have progressed beyond the Proof of Concept stage and are ready to develop prototypes or Minimum Viable Products.

    With Over 200 Angels, $10M Renew Venture Lab Fund 2 Seeks Asset-light African Startups

    “Our journey began in 2012, and since then, we’ve been committed to supporting innovation and growth in African startups.”

    South African Climate-tech Plentify Secures Funding for International Expansion

    “Plentify may have cracked the code on how to architect energy management in the smart home of the future — enabling homes to cheaply and easily maximize their solar self-consumption.”

    Egypt’s Kemitt Secures Undisclosed Funding, Expands into Saudi Arabia

    With over 100,000 SKUs, Kemitt’s unique on-demand manufacturing model ensures orders are delivered efficiently within 7 to 12 days.

    More like this

    R&D Maroc, the Fund Manager Behind Morocco’s Innov Invest Fund, Returns to the Scene

    Under the second edition of the Innov Invest Fund, R&D Maroc will offer the “Tech Start” program to startups that have progressed beyond the Proof of Concept stage and are ready to develop prototypes or Minimum Viable Products.

    With Over 200 Angels, $10M Renew Venture Lab Fund 2 Seeks Asset-light African Startups

    “Our journey began in 2012, and since then, we’ve been committed to supporting innovation and growth in African startups.”

    South African Climate-tech Plentify Secures Funding for International Expansion

    “Plentify may have cracked the code on how to architect energy management in the smart home of the future — enabling homes to cheaply and easily maximize their solar self-consumption.”