African Fintech Entrepreneurs have been invited to apply 2022 edition of the Ecobank Fintech challenge.
If your Fintech is aligned with the Bank’s strategic objectives, you stand a chance to win an overall cash prize of US$50,000 and the opportunity to partner and scale your financial solutions across Ecobank’s 33 African markets.
The challenge is open to you if your fintech originates from any of Africa’s countries. Global Africa-centered Fintechs are also eligible to enter the Fintech Challenge.
Ecobank strongly believes that the only way to transform financial services in Africa is for Pan-African banks to continually support and collaborate with innovative Fintechs
Ten finalists will be inducted into the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship after the finals and awards ceremony which will take place in October 2022.
In addition, all Fellows will qualify to explore the following opportunities with the Bank and its partners:
- Multinational products roll out: an opportunity to pursue integration with Ecobank and potentially launch products in all or part of Ecobank’s pan-African 33-country ecosystem.
- Service provider partnerships: Ecobank may select some Fintechs as pan-African service partners within the Bank’s ecosystem.
- Access to Ecobank’s Pan-African Banking Sandbox: Fellows will be given access to Ecobank’s APIs to test and improve their products for the pan-African market.
- Priority Access to Ecobank’s Venture Capital partners for funding exploration.
Ade Ayeyemi, Chief Executive Officer, Ecobank Group, said “Ecobank believes that the only way to transform financial services in Africa is for Pan-African banks like Ecobank to continually support and collaborate with innovative Fintechs and start-ups. We invite and welcome Africa’s best Fintechs to work with us through the 2022 Challenge.”
Dr. Tomisin Fashina, Operations and Technology Executive, Ecobank Group said, “The uniqueness of the Challenge is that it welcomes both early stage and mature start-up Fintechs alike and seeks to align them with different kinds of partnership opportunities within Ecobank that match their differing levels of maturity.”
The Ecobank Fintech Challenge was designed in partnership with an international advisory firm, Konfidants, and is supported by partners across Africa and globally. So far 46 Fellows have been admitted into the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship program since it was launched in 2017.
Interested applicants can click here to enter the competition. Applications can be made until 16 September 2022.