The 10 finalists of the Zambezi Prize for Innovation in Financial Inclusion have been chosen, standing the chance to progress to the global grand prize with up to US$1 million available.
Hosted by the Legatum Centre for Development and Entrepreneurship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with the Mastercard Foundation, the Zambezi Prize aims to discover Africa’s most promising and innovative early-stage startups promoting financial inclusion on the continent.
The prize rewards startups addressing any of the nine financial inclusion challenges covered by the contest: low financial literacy; limited access to financial institutions; low and unpredictable income; proof of identity; distrust in financial services; difficulty in meeting unforeseen shock; limited commercial viability; complex and costly partnership agreements; and limited financial infrastructure.
Ten African startups have been named finalists, and will join leaders and ecosystem players from MIT and from around Africa at the 2018 MIT Open Mic Africa Summit to be held in Nairobi on August 28 and 29; where the top three startups will be selected.
The Grand Prize Winner will be awarded US$100,000. Two runners-up will each receive US$30,000 while the seven remaining finalists will each receive US$5,000.
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