Women’s World Banking Fintech Innovation Challenge 2023

Deadline: 15th of September, 2022

The Challenge identifies and elevates 4 later-stage fintechs pioneering innovative financial solutions that break the persistent challenges in serving the low-income women’s market.

The Fintech Innovation Challenge attracts over 100 fintech applicants from around the world who are developing innovative products to close the gender gap in the low-income women’s market. They are looking for fintechs currently developing innovative products and solutions that address low-income women and their needs.

The Challenge

In the past few years, we have seen a dramatic increase in the adoption of digital financial services by women. Based on the latest Global Findex Report, for the first time in a decade, the gender gap has decreased from 9% to 6% in key emerging markets, thanks in part to an increased number of low-income women leveraging digital financial services.

Now is the time to build on this momentum and leverage digital financial services as an on-ramp for low-income women customers to adopt and use a large suite of formal financial products and services. Low-income women represent a large, untapped market opportunity for digital financial services providers, and fintechs, in particular, who can leverage technology innovation to break the persistent challenges in closing the gender gap in financial services.

The 2023 Fintech Innovation Challenge is inviting applications from fintechs pioneering innovative financial solutions that break the persistent challenges in serving the low-income women’s market.


The four finalists and grand prize winner will be awarded mentorships, personalized UX design and investor consultations, membership to exclusive networks and priority access to fintech events attended by investors and partners around the world.

Four Finalists

  • Invitation to pitch your solution at Women’s World Banking’s Fintech Innovation Challenge in February 2023 in Dubai as part of the Making Finance Work for Women Summit.
  • Invitation to join Women’s World Banking Global Network, with one-year complementary membership.
  • Fast tracked application to Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship’s Accelerator at Santa Clara University focusing on women’s economic empowerment and climate resilience, which features:
    • Access to a Silicon Valley network of 300+ mentors.
    • An average of $750K in investments raised 3-years post-accelerator.
  • Exclusive pitch advisory session with Women’s World Banking Asset Management team.
  • Priority access to UX design consultation with an industry expert.
  • Invitation to attend the Making Finance Work for Women Summit in Dubai and leverage networking opportunities with 300+ high-profile global stakeholders in financial services, fintech and financial inclusion.

Grand Prize Winner

  • Priority access to key 2023 fintech-investor networking events powered by Elevandi, such as Point Zero, Elevandi Connects and/or the Singapore Fintech Festival.
  • Priority access to Women’s World Banking’s global PR firm, Porter Novelli, to help develop strong media presence and drive visibility and exposure.
  • Invitation as a featured speaker at a Women’s World Banking Making Finance Work for Women thought leadership event.

Female Founders Circle

  • For the first time ever, they are forming the Female Founders Circle. All female-founded fintechs that make it to the Top 12 will be granted automatic membership into this premier group.
  • The Female Founders Circle is an exclusive network of like-minded female-founded fintechs that will have full access to Women’s World Banking’s global PR firm, Porter Novelli, helping them achieve new levels of visibility and exposure.


You should apply if your fintech meets the following criteria:

  • You are a fintech leveraging technology to provide financial solutions for underserved, low-income women. Solutions do not need to be exclusively for women but should demonstrate a deliberate intent to close the gender gap in financial services.
  • Your focus is on serving customers in emerging markets.
  • Your fintech is preparing for Series A or later and can demonstrate a minimum viable product and a path to profitability.


To apply for the Fintech Innovation Challenge, you should submit an online application by September 15, 2022. The application period closes at 11:59pm EDT.

Click here to apply

Oyin Olufayo

Oyin Olufayo is a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate. A recent graduate of The School of Politics, Policy, and Governance (SPPG) She is a Technical Writer, Political Writer, and a Content Writer. Her passion for sustainable development goals has been implemented by creating tangible solutions. She has featured in grassroots initiatives like TedX, World Literacy Foundation, Spur Nation Media, FRCN, Naija Law and etc. spreading the impact of Sustainable education, and also facilitated numerous events regarding SDGs.

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