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What I Learned at LendIt

By Michael Schlein Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at LendIt, an annual gathering which brings together venture...

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Kopo Kopo: Building on the Rails of Mobile Money in Kenya

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

Fintech for Financial Inclusion in Latin America: A Reflection from Credit Suisse’s Latin America Investment Conference

Fintech for Financial Inclusion in Latin America: A Reflection from Credit Suisse’s Latin America Investment Conference

By Tahira Dosani Last week I had the opportunity to participate in Credit Suisse’s 2017 Latin America Investment Conference (LAIC)...

Destácame founders Sebastián Ugarte, Augusto Ruiz-Tagle and Jorge Camus.

Destácame: Financial Empowerment in Chile with Alternative Data

By Matthieu Albrieux Destácame, launched in Chile in 2015, is an alternative credit scoring platform that uses alternative data to...

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DemystData: Unlocking Financial Services through Better Use of Data and Predictive Technology

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

New Report: Innovative Lenders Bridging the Small Business Credit Gap

How Data Flows, Tech Tools, and Niche Marketing Can Expand Financial Access for the World’s Underserved MSMEs By Nancy Widjaja...

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...

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...

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Introducing: Accion VentureKast

We are excited to launch our podcast series, VentureKast, today! There are so many podcasts out there, and more than...

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Inside the US Treasury 2015 Forum on Financial Inclusion

Last week, Venture Lab Managing Director Paul Breloff, Center for Financial Inclusion Managing Director Beth Rhyne, and I attended the...