DFS Lab

Digital Financial Service Innovation Lab

Overview

Seattle, WA, United States
Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Réunion, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, United Republic of, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Banking, Financial services

The Digital Financial Services Innovation Lab searches relentlessly for opportunities that create value for low-income consumers through new fintech innovations. This initiative is funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We are an early stage incubator for financial technology startups targeting low-income customers in emerging markets:

  • “Pre-seed” technology research: We will partner with academic institutions, technologists, and non-profits to experiment with bleeding edge technology in Digital Financial Services, in the domain of open source and primary research
  • Innovation incubator: We will support top quality entrepreneurs developing transformative fintech business models that reach the poorest, profitably and at scale

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