2023 Making Finance Work for Women Summit

Join financial inclusion leaders from around the globe to accelerate her economy.


2023 Making Finance Work for Women Summit

Join financial inclusion leaders from around the globe to accelerate her Economy.

One billion women have limited access to formal financial services.

¾ of those women have no access at all.

In some countries, it will take over 100 years before we see gender equality in access if we don’t intervene.

Join us in Mumbai at Women World Banking’s first in-person conference since 2019. Over 300 leaders in financial services, investor, philanthropy, policy and technology communities will come together in this international business hub to work on finding solutions to economically empower all women through financial inclusion. In 2019, we hosted attendees from nearly 60 countries. This year we plan to exceed that as we build a truly global community of change-makers.

Woman Carrying Goods

We’ve already made remarkable headway…

10 million

That’s the number of women in emerging markets we’ve helped get access to financial products and services while working with partners worldwide to advance economic empowerment for women.

$18.75 million

That’s how much we invested last year in 5 inclusive finance institutions, reaching 6.35 million women.


That’s the number of women’s voices we now have represented in our research.


That’s how many advisory projects were active last year, impacting almost 1 million women.

Making Finance Work for Women 2019

Yet, there is more work to be done.

We’re facing climate change, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other global events that continue to push millions into poverty, dramatically impacting global economies.

At the Making Finance Work for Women Summit we will be tackling these issues and more, together, through hands-on workshops, plenary sessions, and other collaborative opportunities.

Our goal is to reach 100 million women by 2027. This Summit is a key step in making that a reality.

MFWW 19 Conversation and Cocktails

23 MAY

Collaboration, Conversation and Cocktails

Global Network Members and Partners are exclusively invited to kick off the Summit together with a day of tailored programming and an evening of cocktails. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to network with the founders, CEOs and thought leaders that make up Women’s World Banking’s key stakeholders.

Why become a Network Member?

Global Network Members receive access to exclusive resources, events and insights to assist them in expanding their reach, increasing their impact, and building their loyalty with women customers. Join our community of members today to take your services to the next level and be part of the movement to build a better financial future for women.

Want to sponsor the Summit and become a Partner? Learn more.
24 MAY

Official Summit Day 1

Today’s Reality and What it Means for Inclusive Growth
More coming soon.

25 MAY

Official Summit Day 2

Investing in Women’s Financial Power
More coming soon.

Fintech Innovation Challenge

The Fintech Innovation Challenge

Women's World Banking's Fintech Innovation Challenge attracts over 100 fintech applicants around the world who are developing innovative products to close the gender gap in serving the low-income women's market. On 25 May, 2023 four finalists will compete on the Summit stage and answer to an expert panel of industry-renowned judges. The Challenge will also highlight the female founders of the fintechs in the Top 10 applicants, elevating them as part of a Female Fintech Founders Circle.

Mumbai Skyline


Mumbai is the financial and entertainment capital of India. A forthcoming host city to G20 and near some of Women’s World Banking’s most impactful work, the city presents a harmonious setting for the 2023 Making Finance Work for Women (MFWW) Summit.

Mumbai sits on the site of an ancient settlement positioned on the Maharashtra coast, bringing together India’s vibrant culture, centuries old architecture, and tropical climate. We cannot wait to gather with you in India’s “City of Dreams.”

  • Traveling to Mumbai

    As of 22 November 2022, Mumbai has fully vaccinated 100% of its adult population. As a result, it has opened its doors for events, permitting 100% occupancy and welcoming travelers from across the world.

    As we look forward to hosting you at the MFWW 2023 Summit in Mumbai, we ask that you keep yourself informed on travel regulations. We recommend frequently visiting WHO as the COVID-19 situations evolve.

    Additionally, Summit attendees are encouraged to apply for an India visa. Many countries are eligible for e-visas. For additional visa information click here. Visa rules and requirements are subject to change. The Indian embassy in your country is the best source of up-to-date information.

  • Where to Stay

    The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, built in 1903 and then expanded in the 1970s, was India’s first harbor landmark and is an official sponsor of the MFWW Global Summit. Email events@womensworldbanking.org to leverage our special room-block rate.


The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower

The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower overlooks the majestic Gateway of India. This legendary conference hotel is located in Mumbai’s prime historical and commercial hub, and walking distance away from Colaba Causey, known for its tiny roadside shops. The city’s financial hub, parliament, shopping districts, flourishing art and heritage precinct are within close proximity.

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Support these Women-Owned Businesses

  • The Nature’s Co. 

    Natasha Shah is the founder of The Nature’s Co., an array of natural beauty and wellness products. Born and brought up in Mumbai, she obtained a Master’s in Business Administration from the prestigious MET University, Mumbai. Nature’s Co’s products contain natural, high-quality ingredients that are vegan and cruelty-free. To conserve natural resources, product development & designing teams have taken extra care to ensure that the packaging uses only materials such as Glass, PP and PETG which are user-friendly, recyclable or biodegradable.

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  • Theobroma

    Perhaps one of the most recognizable pastry brands across India, Theobroma was founded by Kainaz Messman Harchandrai and her sister Tina. Trained at the Institute of Hotel Management, Mumbai, the former was working as a pastry chef at the Oberoi Udaivilas when a freak accident forced her to stay bedridden. To keep her passion for the culinary arts alive, she borrowed a crore from her father in 2004 and launched Theobroma.. Today, the brand has over 78 outlets across the country, with some of the more popular menu features being the millionaire brownies, overload brownies, chip butty, devil’s mousse, and opium pastry.

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  • Farmers’ Café

    A health-food cafe that doesn’t rely on salads to do its bidding, Farmers’ Cafe offers delicious, organic brown rice bowls, smoothies infused with Indian superfoods, and pizzas that are deceptively good for you. Minali Gaba, the woman in charge, began experimenting with developing recipes in her teens.i Today, diners rave about the skinny pizza and breakfast puddings.

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  • Fitternity

    Neha Motwani is one of the top women entrepreneurs in India who built a fitness community as big as she has. She built a network of an enormous fitness community and Fitternity, a platform which makes it easy to find and locate gyms. Fitternity allows its users to choose from several fitness activities across various cities through a single membership. The startup started to make fitness more accessible to the Indian consumer and people who are constantly travelling.

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  • InstaCar

    Priyanshi Choubeya, the co-founder of InstaCar, has won prestigious awards like the ‘Women Entrepreneur of the Year’ in Travel & Hospitality by SheSparks 2018. InstaCar is a marketplace for outstation taxis and cars that makes it simpler to get car rentals. It allows its users to hail intercity taxi reservations while focusing on reliability, user safety and the quality of the car. The startup also provides pick up and drop services for children.

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  • Nykaa.com

    Falguni Nayar is the CEO and Founder of Nykaa.com, an e-commerce multi-brand retail store for beauty and wellness products. Believing that India’s beauty market had untapped potential, Falguni started her venture in April 2012. Over the years they expanded into related segments like fashion, launched in-house brands & entered celebrity partnership with Katrina Kaif to launch Kay Beauty range. Nayar’s business venture has redefined the way Indian women are shopping for beauty & fashion products in less than a decade.

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    In 2012, Vineetha Singh co-founded FABBAG, a beauty subscription business where they would send a “surprise box” with a mix of different products from relatively less-known, global brands. Makeup products in the box received positive reviews from millennials who wished to upgrade from the mass brands but didn’t have the pocket for luxury brands. This insight became the foundation for the launch of SUGAR cosmetics which was designed to cater to the millennial women for whom beauty was a daily routine and not reserved for special occasions.

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Getting Around

The best way to get around Mumbai is by Ridesharing Apps or taxi.

  • Ridesharing Apps

    Uber and Ola (Indian equivalent of Uber) are your best bet for a prompt and fuss-free ride, if you have internet access. They're a better alternative to taxis because there's no need to explain to the driver where you want to go (as directions are often given based on landmarks rather than street names in Mumbai).

  • By Taxi

    Taxis are plentiful on the streets of Mumbai. The cheapest are the old black-and-yellow cabs which can be hailed off the streets. However, they are quite rickety and lack air-conditioning. Branded cab services like “Meru” offer more comfortable rides at a slightly higher cost.

Making Finance Work for Women 2019

#MFWW2019 trended on Twitter in Singapore during the Summit. Moreover, the Summit-related content was viewed 37K+ times.

Increase Your Presence in the Women’s Economic Empowerment Space

Making Finance Work for Women events showcase over 40 years of experience in the financial inclusion sector and aim to drive actions that accelerate opportunities for low-income women around the world. Partnering with Women’s World Banking’s Making Finance Work for Women event can help reach your audience and increase your presence in the financial inclusion space.


Why Sponsor the 2023 MFWW Summit?

Brand Recognition

Recognition and logo on all 2023 MFWW Summit and Thought Leadership Series promotional emails and website

Social Media Reach

Social media handles tagged in Summit promotional posts, reaching Women's World Banking's 81K+ social media following


Tickets for sponsor clients or employees to attend the Summit in Mumbai (23-25 May)

Press Release

Opportunity to be part of Summit Press Release


Speaking role at the Summit in Mumbai or 2023 Thought Leadership Series virtual event


And more...


2019 Making Finance Work for Women Summit Reach & Representation





Network Members

Network Members


Countries Represented

2023 Sponsors


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


EY Making a Better World



Sasakawa Peace Foundation


We are grateful for the ongoing support of our core funders for enabling our strategy.

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Australian Aid
Visa Foundation