Catalyst Fund

Catalyst Fund is an accelerator for inclusive fintech startups. We work with innovators in emerging markets who are building affordable, accessible and appropriate solutions for underserved communities, and we partner with investors, corporates and talent networks to accelerate the ecosystems around them. Catalyst Fund is managed by BFA Global, supported by UK aid and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and fiscally sponsored by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

We are actively looking for early-stage startups that improve the resilience of underserved and climate-vulnerable communities in emerging markets. Our next cohort will kick off in July 2022.

What we look for

  • Product: Fintech and climate resilience startups
  • Customers: Serving underserved and climate-vulnerable communities
  • Team: Local founders or co-founders, gender-balanced leadership teams
  • Geography: Africa
  • Traction: Company has product in market, some customers and working toward product-market fit
  • Stage: Pre-Seed

What we offer

  • US $100K in cash US
  • $100k of venture building support
  • Access to a global network of 100+ investors
  • 1 sponsored intern
  • Up to $175k value in Catalyst Fund perks
  • 1 sponsored impact report by 60 Decibels
  • Access to our field research and data on the lives of underserved customers
  • Dedicated PR and marketing support
  • Lifetime access to our global network of 61 alumni companies


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Application deadline
BFA Global
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