|Event Date||Tue Oct 12 EDT (9 months ago)|
Despite years of progress in advancing financial inclusion, nearly 1 billion women around the world still remain excluded from formal financial services, and there is a persistent 9% gender gap across emerging markets. Moreover, the economic toll of COVID-19 has fallen disproportionately on women, exposing their particular vulnerability to global shocks. While the pandemic has accelerated the digitization of financial services, low-income women remain at risk of being left behind given the unique barriers they face to adoption and usage of digital financial services. Combined with broader inequalities for women such as rising unemployment, disparities in access to healthcare, and the effects of climate change, it is more imperative than ever that gender equality is at the center of recovery and growth.
Now more than ever, Fintechs are a crucial driver of women’s financial inclusion.
Our past Fintech Innovation Challenge winners – Aflore, Pula Advisors, Tyme, and myAgro – were given the exciting opportunity to compete in the Monetary Authority of Singapore’s Global FinTech Hackcelerator during the Singapore FinTech Festival. Our 2019 Challenge winner, Pula Advisors, was one of their three winners!
During this event, watch the challenge finalists present their solutions and see who wins! The event will also feature a fireside chat with the Female Founder Award winner, and a panel discussion on driving inclusive polices for fintech. Stay tuned for registration details!
Founder, Slightly Reserved
Founder, Muvop & Female Founder Award Jury Member
Female Founder Award Winners:
CEO & Head of Product, ADA Impacto
COO & Head of Business Development, ADA Impacto
Co-founder & CEO, NOW Money
Principal, Americas Strategy & Transactions FinTech Leader, EY
Mary Ellen Iskenderian
President & CEO, Women’s World Banking
Program Officer, Financial Services for the Poor, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Principle Executive Officer, Monetary Authority of Singapore
Senior Vice President, Head of Partnerships, Innovation and Digital Solutions, Visa CEMEA
Manager, Strategy, Women’s World Banking & Fintech Innovation Challenge Advisory Committee Member
Founder, Margaris Ventures
Jo Ann Barefoot
CEO & Co-Founder, the Alliance for Innovative Regulation
Director of Policy, Women’s World Banking
Andi Taufan Garuda Putra
CEO & Founder, Amartha
CEO, Ard Credit JSC
DC Financial Services Regulatory Partner, White & Case
Dr. Martin Ihrig
Associate Dean & Clinical Professor, New York University
• BILL & MELINDA GATES foundation
• Australian Aid
• Australian Government
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