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[liberationtech] $100K opportunity for early-stage developing-market fintech entrepreneurs

Yosem Companys companys at tmp.ucsb.edu
Wed Jan 11 11:43:53 PST 2017


From: Temina Madon <tmadon at berkeley.edu>

DFS Lab
<http://dfslab.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=665090c913eeda856cec81ec8&id=ac12194b1c&e=74af26d1ff>
 is an early-stage incubator that supports high potential entrepreneurs
refine, grow and launch fintech businesses in developing countries. Focused
on empowering communities in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, DFS Lab
delivers mentorship and strategic counsel to early-stage start-ups
pioneering transformative business models that empower the poorest,
profitably and at scale.

We give the highest quality entrepreneurs access to extensive networks
and relevant, world class advice on how to build successful ventures that
change the way low-income consumers interact with digital financial
services. Supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the
initiative is housed at Caribou Digital, a specialist in building inclusive
digital economies. Learn more about DFS Lab at www.dfslab.net and follow us
on Twitter @TheDFSLab.

In April 2017, a select group of purpose-driven entrepreneurs will converge
in South Asia (country TBD) for DFS Lab’s fintech bootcamp, bringing
together smart, dynamic people who are building innovative products,
services and technologies for low-income consumers. Using the Design Sprint
Methodology
<http://dfslab.us13.list-manage.com/track/click?u=665090c913eeda856cec81ec8&id=eb91086b19&e=74af26d1ff>,
a process of structured brainstorming for answering critical business
questions, you will go through a workshop to design, prototype and test new
ideas. By creating quick prototypes, you can get actual feedback and see if
there’s a real potential for the solution you’ve created.

This high-intensity program provides you with the very best hands-on
support, guidance and mentoring to help bring your idea to life. The best
ideas will receive grant funding of up to USD $100K and 6 months of
additional support from the DFS Lab. The program runs for 5 days and
includes flights, healthy meals, accommodation and fun!

We are looking for two-person teams who wish to launch a company or very
early stage startups with less than USD $100K investment to date who wants
to send two co-founders to our bootcamp. Your startup's vision should be to
create an innovative new technology to address one of DFS Lab's priority
areas.

Check out <https://youtu.be/2Qbz5D_c5Yo> a video of our previous bootcamp
experience in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

If you are passionate about solving problems faced by low-income consumers
and believe you have what it takes, learn more and apply now
<http://www.dfslab.net/apply>!
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