About Fintech Fridays

The female economy is large, fast-growing and underserved — and fintechs are well-positioned to tap into it, as showcased in seminal research into fintechs and the female economy. To help fintechs embrace this win-win opportunity, the Financial Alliance for Women launched in 2021, a new dedicated peer learning activity called “Fintech Fridays.”

Fintech Fridays are quarterly meetups between fintechs, financial service providers (FSPs), big techs, investors and other key stakeholders in the fintech ecosystem working to drive the female economy.

Fintech Fridays will convene industry leaders to tackle how to supply and elevate women’s financial experiences and accelerate their economic empowerment. It will also be a platform for fintechs to showcase their businesses and connect with the Alliance global network of FSPs and investors.

Who?

Fintech Fridays are a meet-up between fintechs, FSPs, big tech, unicorns and investors working to drive the female economy and unlock its full potential.

Why?

The Alliance’s fintech research highlighted the need for capacity building and networking to better understand the female economy and how to serve it. It also highlighted fintechs’ need to connect with FIs, big tech and unicorns. 

What?

Fintech Fridays answer two main needs identified by fintechs: Capacity Building & Meet-Ups allowing fintechs, FSPs and investors to build connections and open new market opportunities.

When & Where?

Checkout our upcoming events below:

  • – Can AI Improve Women’s Financial Inclusion? February 23.
  • – How to recruit your [Women] clients?. May 24! Registration starts soon. 

For more info: info@financialallianceforwomen.org

Past session:

The objective of this session is to understand if and how AI can be leveraged to support women clients, in particular women entrepreneurs, and bridge the gender gap in access to finance globally. Hear firsthand from fintechs that implement AI in their solutions to enable higher volumes, more secure transactions, and better reach to unserved and underserved customers.

Speakers:

  1. Aditi Sholapurkar, Co-Founder, Salt
  2. Gordon Peters, Co-Founder and CEO, Boost Capital
  3. Kelly Uphoff, Chief Technology Officer, Tala
  4. Viola A. Llewellyn, Co-Founder and Manifestor In Chief, The Tulle-Box

In case you missed it, catch the session here:

Fintech Investor Forum

Alliance research in 2021 showed that Fintechs are leaving money on the table by not being gender-intelligent. In fact, the gender gap in fintech usage is 27.6%! 3X greater than the gap in access to a formal account. Yet, fintechs with gender initiatives face harsher obstacles with nearly two-thirds of the women-focused fintechs reporting that fundraising and investor bias were their biggest business challenges.

With this in mind the Financial Alliance for Women organized an Investor Forum, as part of its 2022 Fintech Fridays series, which brought together top investors with fintechs eager to get funding.

Alliance member fintechs hailing from Africa, Asia, Europe as well as Latin America were invited to pitch. Fintechs made a 4-minute pitch followed by a 6-minute Q&A from investors.