Ghanaian fintech wins Ecobank Group’s 2020 Fintech Challenge
Ecobank Group announced Nokwary Technologies as the winner of its Ecobank Fintech Challenge out of 10 finalists, after a virtual event streamed live from Accra Ghana.
All ten finalists have officially been inducted into the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship, a one-year program which will give them the benefit to explore opportunities for commercial partnerships with the Ecobank Group, and to possibly launch and scale products across Ecobank’s 33 country markets in the continent.
The first and second runner up spots were taken by Ukheshe Payment and Solutions Growth Factor Technologies, respectively. The 1st to 3rd place winners will receive cash prizes worth US$10,0000, $7,000 and US$5,000, respectively.
Nokwary, from Ghana, is a fintech that uses AI to promote financial inclusion. Its AI Powered banking solution offers an opportunity for users to carry out transactions in a language to which they are familiar using popular social media channels like Whatsapp.
“I was beyond excited. Our company is rather young and to be recognized like this on such a stage was really exciting as well as a validation for our focus on creating inclusive technology right from the start. We are looking to work together with Ecobank to bring an AI-first digital banking platform over WhatsApp, as well as other innovative solutions to Ecobank’s customers,” said Dennis Asamoah Owusu, CEO and Cofounder of the winner, Nokwary Technologies.
South Africa based Ukheshe, which came in second, provides a bridge between the card and the cash economy. It has created the world’s first card acceptance platform that allows unbanked merchants/traders to accept and make digital payments.
In third place, Growth Factor is a fintech company that provides trade financing solutions designed for Micro-Small/Medium Entities (MSMEs) in order to encourage financial inclusion and growth.
Its Nvoicia solution solves cash flow issues caused by delayed payments for SMEs, by enabling them to get paid in 24hrs when dealing with credit clients.
“The quality of the products and pitches we saw in the final this year were amazing. Clearly it is evident that Banking in Africa is moving onto a new dimension with these Fintechs leading the way.
That is why we are excited to engage further with them over the next year. It is our expectation that we will build a few lasting partnerships which will help improve the lives of Africans all over the continent,” said Ade Ayeyemi, Ecobank Group CEO. This year’s Finalists made it through an extremely competitive pool of over 600 applicants across Africa, Europe, North America and Asia.