Finance Forward South Asia 2019
About The Program
India’s fintech sector is booming. Indian fintech startups, which raised $2.3 billion in equity funding in 2018 (a 300% increase since 2016), and government services like the Unified Payments Interface have made it easier for Indians to transact online.
Still, hundreds of millions of Indians are operating in the informal economy. For instance, nearly 40% of lending to small business is still done through informal channels, and almost half of India’s bank accounts are inactive.
We think entrepreneurs can change that narrative.
For our fifth annual Financial Health accelerator in India, a collaboration between Village Capital, PayPal and Metlife Foundation, we are looking to support entrepreneurs building creative and affordable solutions to help underserved individuals, households, and small business owners access affordable financial services, manage their income and expenses, and protect themselves from financial shocks.
September 29-October 1, 2019 in Chennai, India
Workshop #1 for Finance Forward South Asia 2019 will take place in Chennai, India from September 29-October 1, 2019.
November 13-15, 2019 in Mumbai, India
Workshop #2 for Finance Forward South Asia 2019 will take place in Mumbai, India from November 13- 15, 2019.
December 9-11, 2019 in Bangalore, India
Workshop #3 for Finance Forward South Asia 2019 will take place in Bangalore, India from December 9-11, 2019.
CEO at Grameen Capital India Limited
Co-Founder & CEO at Pensaar
Senior Vice President & Location Head at HSBC
General Manger, Technology & Head of Engineering at PayPal
Head - Startup Engagements and Investments at ICICI Bank
Managing Director at Arivali Partners
Director, Asia Investing at Accion Venture Lab
Pawan Bakhshi, PhD
India Country Lead, Financial Health for the Poor at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Principal at Yunus Social Business Fund
Director, India Programs at Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Expert at Fintech Advisor
Principal at Quona Capital
Senior Associate at SAIF Ventures