Many of our listeners might be familiar with Accion, the global non profit that uses digital technology to create a more financially inclusive world. Accion was founded in the 60s and has roots in microfinance.
Fewer people know that Accion has a venture arm. Accion Venture Lab invests capital and provides support to innovative fintech startups with a mandate to improve access, quality, and affordability of financial services for the underserved at scale.
Vikas Raj is a managing director at Accion Venture Lab and sits on the board of companies like Konfio, Self Lender, StreetShares, and Tienda Pago. We talk about his approach to seed investing with a social impact and certain trends that cut through Accion Venture Lab’s portfolio.
Vikas also hosts a podcast for Venture Lab entitled VentureKast about the cool financial inclusion startups around the world and the entrepreneurs who build and grow them.