Investing since 2012, and backed by third-party commercial and impact investors, Accion Venture Lab has invested in more than 60 innovative, early-stage companies operating in over 35 countries. We provide inclusive fintech startups with smart capital, taking a hands-on approach through active governance and our unique Portfolio Engagement function, which provides targeted strategic and operational support to our portfolio companies. We typically invest up to US $1M in early-stage startups and can continue to support companies as they grow through follow-on capital that drives scale. We look for startups that are leveraging new technologies, data, and analytical tools to acquire, engage, and serve previously underserved individuals and small businesses. We like innovations in product, customer acquisition, and engagement approaches, and we support cutting-edge startups in embedded finance as well as the intersection of financial services and other sectors (agriculture, logistics, commerce, education, health, etc). We are excited about new approaches that focus on financial health and building financial capabilities as they provide critical products and services to consumers.