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The Many Shades of Impact and Returns

The Many Shades of Impact and Returns

By Nancy Widjaja We, Accion Venture Lab, are by definition an impact investor. Our overarching goal is to invest in and...

How Will We Create a Financially Inclusive World?

How Will We Create a Financially Inclusive World?

By Michael Schlein This piece is based on Accion President and CEO Michael Schlein’s remarks during the opening keynote at FINNOSUMMIT,...

Jonathan Duarte of ESCALA Educación

Jonathan Duarte of ESCALA Educación

“I’m the first one in my family to go to college, so education has always been a priority.” ESCALA Educación...

Why we invested in ESCALA Educación

Why we invested in ESCALA Educación

Colombian educational financing company becomes Accion Venture Lab’s latest investment In Colombia, only 50 percent of the population between 17...

Financially Inclusive Companies Can Give Young Women a Shot at Success

Financially Inclusive Companies Can Give Young Women a Shot at Success

One woman’s inspiring story for International Day of the Girl Around the world, girls face disproportionate obstacles to achieve success...

Trevor Gosling of Lulalend discusses the importance of access to finance

Trevor Gosling of Lulalend

“It all comes through access to finance.” Lulalend, based in Cape Town, South Africa, is an online lending platform for...

Madam Flora with Lidya's Muneeb Ahmed

Madame Flora and the Catfish

The fintech start-up Lidya is helping Nigeria’s SMEs build a credit score and access financing quickly, helping these enterprises grow....

Aneesh Varma of Aire

Aneesh Varma of Aire

“I look at all my journeys of starting a company as trying to unlock some social change.” Aire is a London-based...

Catalyst Fund: Lessons on Getting Early-Stage Fintech Startups Investment-Ready

Catalyst Fund: Lessons on Getting Early-Stage Fintech Startups Investment-Ready

By Nancy Widjaja When we met Miguel Duhalt, CEO of Comunidad4Uno in Mexico City, he was working day and night to launch a...

Tunde Kehinde of Lidya

Tunde Kehinde of Lidya

“Both my parents owned businesses, and I saw firsthand the challenges.” Tunde Kehinde, Lidya from Accion on Vimeo. Lidya is...