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Apply Now: $50,000 for Your Last Mile Mobile Money Startup Idea

By Wayan Vota on June 20, 2022

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Thoughtfully designed digital financial services such as better access to working capital, on/off ramps from physical to digital and cryptocurrency solutions, affordable cross-border remittances, flexible savings and insurance can help build financial resilience that create pathways to a better life for millions of last mile users.

While these solutions exist, there’s much that still needs to be done for DFS to reach the most underserved communities. Most digital financial solutions today employ millions of mobile money and banking agents to help people in their community access the digital economy but these financial access points face a challenge in viably serving last mile customers, leaving many users out of the digital economy.

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Even when they can serve last mile customers, today’s digital financial services aren’t designed for new internet users, making it difficult for billions of people to participate in the burgeoning digital economy.

IDEO Last Mile Money Startup Accelerator

IDEO Last Mile Money is inviting promising early stage ventures to apply that are connecting underserved communities in emerging markets to digital financial services. Chosen companies will receive:

  • Design support from IDEO experts
  • Access to the Last Mile Money Collective,
  • Non-dilutive, flexible grant funding.

The $50,000 can be used to prototype, pilot, launch, or scale in market. Additional top-up grants are available based on need and traction. Last Mile Money’s mission is to bring world-class financial services — like high-interest savings, auto payout insurance, radically affordable remittances, and more — to millions of last-mile users.

Apply Now: Deadline is July 15th, 2022.

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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4 Comments to “Apply Now: $50,000 for Your Last Mile Mobile Money Startup Idea”

  1. Edward O'Bright says:

    My Organization needs your support to sustain our activities.

  2. Philip Nzuma says:

    I highly appriciate you excellent wook you do. I request for a support grant to improve lives of orphans and widows also youth development and disadvantaged not forgetting vulnerable children we need $10000 to support our mission and by doing this you will improve and change many lives in our community, am sorry for submitting a short request. Philip.

  3. Ousmane says:

    Agri-input policy and development with mapping of agrodealers to deliver inputs to vegetable producers are key in Mali. The objective will be to (1) reduce the last-mile delivery of inputs (pesticides, fertilizers and seeds), (2) strengthen both agrodealers and producers (buyers) in the marketing and good agronomic practices and (3) foster the development of certified and quality inputs needed by producers while (4) reducing human, food, feed and environment contamination and the misuse of the Agri inputs.

    I can explain more while submitting a concept note

  4. Acsilia Masvotwa Kutamahufa says:

    Need a facility