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Grassland: Filling a Gap in China’s Microcredit Industry

By Radhika Shroff and Alice Tang The micro credit industry in China today is as diverse as it is large,...

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Cash is Still King in Nigeria

By Paul Breloff and Amee Patel As fintech futurists, we’re often cast in the role of cash killer and digital...

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How an App Promotes Personal Finance in Colombia

By Liza Guzman How an ingenious tech-based program is building financial capabilities in Colombia Having access to a bank account...

Digital Savings Circles: Challenges and the Road Ahead

Digital Savings Circles: Challenges and the Road Ahead

By Amee Patel, John Plaisted and Nancy Widjaja For decades, traditional savings circles (also called ROSCAs in the U.S., tandas...

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Konfío and the Future of Small Business Lending in Mexico

By Nancy Widjaja Are you passionate about startups? Intrigued by how entrepreneurs get their inspirations, raise money to fund their...

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Grading 3 Fintech Ads at the Super Bowl: Two Fumbles and a Touchdown

By Amee Patel and Paul Breloff If you’re anything like the Venture Lab team, you found yourself glued to the...

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How Alternative Data Can Promote Financial Inclusion

By Michael Schlein Last week, leaders from around the gathered in Davos, Switzerland for the 46th World Economic Forum (WEF)...

Investment Opportunities and Challenges in China’s Internet Finance Space

Investment Opportunities and Challenges in China’s Internet Finance Space

By Alice Tang I recently traveled to China to meet with a number of local investors in the internet finance space...

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“The Big Short” Meets Financial Inclusion: Is There a Flip Side to the Hype Cycle?

By Paul Breloff For folks like me, whose passion fuel is a unique kind of end-is-nigh moral indignation paired with...

Venture Lab in Africa: Heading West in 2016

By Amee Patel Over the past few years, Venture Lab has primarily focused on East African fintech investments, such as...