Women's World Banking Presents

Fintech Innovation Challenge

Join the only women-centered Fintech Innovation Challenge for late stage fintechs. Contribute to the technology innovation that will close the gender gap in financial services.

Join us at the Making Finance Work for Women Summit #MFWW2023 in Mumbai, India on 25 May 2023, for the Finalist Pitch Competition.

The Fintech Innovation Challenge

Important Dates

August 3, 2022

Applications Open

September 15, 2022

Applications Close

October 26, 2022

Top 10 Finalists and Female Founders Circle Notified

January 2023

Four Finalists Announced

April 10, 2023

Pitch Day Judges Announced

May 25, 2023

Fintech Innovation Challenge Live in Mumbai

The Fintech Innovation Challenge

Selection Criteria

Scale Potential

  • Solution has a clear growth strategy to reach low-income women customers at scale

Financial Viability

  • Business model demonstrates a clear path to profitability

Product Innovation

  • Solution addresses a systemic market barrier in the access to and/or usage of financial products and services for low-income women in a unique way

Gender Inclusive Solution

  • Solution aims to close the gender gap by increasing low-income women’s access and/or usage of financial products and services
  • Solution improves the financial lives of low-income women and their families

Team Experience and Diversity

  • Team has relevant experience to support the inclusive growth and success of the solution
  • Team demonstrates a commitment to gender inclusivity through a diverse team composition and inclusive policies