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Why Women-Owned Startups Are a Better Bet

According to Boston Consulting Group research, when women business owners pitch their ideas to investors for early-stage capital, they receive significantly less funding — a disparity that averages more than $1 million— than men. Yet businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher revenue—more than twice as much per dollar invested—than those founded by men, making women-owned companies better investments for financial backers.

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Disrupting Systems: Financing Africa’s Youth Entrepreneurs
On May 15-16, in the heart of Nairobi, Kenya, 300 plus individuals from more than 175 institutions and 50 countries gathered at the Africa SME Finance Forum to discuss innovative solutions to promote access to finance for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa. As a key supporter of the Forum, the Mastercard Foundation hosted a panel titled...
Five Highlights from the Africa SME Finance Forum: Day 1
Through the first Africa SME Finance Forum, IFC, financial institutions and entrepreneurs are seeking to find solutions to close the $331 billion SME finance gap across the continent. The conference on May 15-16 explores local and global best practice SME banking solutions to harness digital technology, e-commerce and blockchain, to promote youth...
Creditease Supported Fintech Firms Succeed in Making Finance Accessible
SME Finance Forum member, Creditease Fintech VC Fund, has invested in 25 U.S. and Chinese companies since its founding in March 2016. The P2P and wealth management, China-based firm invests in spaces that are underfunded, particularly those in SME lending. In this Forbes interview, managing director of Creditease, Anju Patwardham, shares details...
With a High Loan Approval Rate, Alternative Lenders Are Easing the Credit Burden on Small Businesses
MEDICI's Diwakar Mandal shares the factors of a strong economic growth, rising interest rates, and a growing digitization in the lending space by the emergence of alternative lenders that have been key drivers of growth in SME lending. He says, banks have traditionally been a custodian of customer relationships in the SME lending space. However,...
5 Expert Predictions for SME Banking in 2018
SME Finance Forum member Strands Finance asked SME Banking experts to share their predictions with them. Here’s a preview of what the best in Fintech have to say about the coming year in SME Finance Management. See responses from our very own Matthew Gamser and Minerva Kotei, as well as from members Strands and Mastercard.
Guga Stocco on Banking Innovation
Brazilian Guga Stocco is an advisor and board member of companies like B3, the biggest stock market in the world. He co-founded Domo Invest, a fund that raised R$ 100 million for investments in Internet and Fintech. Stocco was also responsible for the creation of the first fully digital bank in Brazil with more than 300,000 clients and projects...
 A Conversation with Eugene Danilkis, CEO and Co-Founder of Mambu
Eugene Danilkis, CEO and Co-Founder of Mambu (a member of the SME Finance Forum) shares with Medium how he built this fintech company. Danikis talks about his background and how it led to founding Mambu, and what the company offers. He says, "That’s what differentiates us — through our platform clients can design and launch products themselves...
Powering Up Africa Through Innovation
Recent World Bank investment climate surveys find that the top two constraints for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa are access to finance and access to energy. Given that SMEs contribute disproportionately to boosting job creation, GDP, and exports, addressing these two constraints is critical to promoting economic development on the...
Balazs Topor on Innovation in Digital Banking
Balazs Topor is SME Product & Segment leader at Raiffeisen Bank. He has more than 15 years’ experience in SME banking and in-depth expertise in customer value creation, segment differentiation and product design. Continuing with the SME Finance Forum Interview series , member Strands wanted to address another underserved segment - SMEs - and...
Empowering SMEs with tailored finance – Interview Spotcap Co-founder and CEO Jens Woloszczak
EU-Startups' Kutlu Kazanci interviewed Jens Woloszczak, Co-founder and CEO Spotcap. Today, Spotcap operates in five countries and has recently been ranked number 32 in the Fintech 100 report featuring leading companies in the fintech industry worldwide, published by H2 Ventures and KPMG. Here is a summary of the interview with Jens Woloszczak: How...