Impact investing

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...

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...

Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

Bridging the Entrepreneurial Gender Gap

Women own 36 percent of all registered businesses in the United States, but women-owned businesses, or WOBs, account for only...

Inclusive Fintech Leaders Meet to Accelerate Innovation

Inclusive Fintech Leaders Meet to Accelerate Innovation

By Michael Schlein Last month, Accion Venture Lab, FMO, and Quona Capital hosted the CEO Forum and Fintech for Inclusion Global Summit 2017. These...

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New VentureKast Episode: RevolutionCredit’s Forward-Looking Approach to Credit Scoring

By Nancy Widjaja The eighth episode of VentureKast, Accion Venture Lab’s podcast series, is a conversation between host Vikas Raj...

Paarul Dudeja Accion Venture Lab Director of Asia Investments

Introducing Paarul Dudeja, Venture Lab’s Director of Asia Investments

By Vikas Raj We recently welcomed Paarul Dudeja to the Accion Venture Lab team. As Director of Asia Investments, Paarul...

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Microfinance and Impact Investing: the Legacy of the Bridge Fund

By Deborah Drake Declare victory and go home. How often do you get to say that? But that’s exactly what...

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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...