The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT in collaboration with the MasterCard Foundation is awarding ventures that contribute to financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Zambezi Prize raises awareness of entrepreneurship and financial inclusion, encourages the flow of capital to financial inclusion ventures, and advances entrepreneurship and financial inclusion to fuel broad-based prosperity.
- The venture must help advance financial inclusion.
- The venture must have a presence in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- The venture must have a founder or co-founder that work or plan to work full-time on the venture.
If selected as finalists, ventures must have a founder or co-founder to attend MIT’s Entrepreneurship Development Program in Boston in January 2017
The prize is open to a wide spectrum of financial inclusion ventures demonstrating innovation and potential for impact, financial sustainability, and scalability.
- The venture must advance financial inclusion in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- The venture must be in its early stages, having progressed beyond concept.
- Ventures could include – but are not limited to – electronic payment systems, customer-centered payment plans, new financial products, or mobile banking instruments.
Number of Awards:
Value of Award:
The first place winner receives $100K USD. An additional $100K USD is divided among second and third place winners and a small group of finalists.
Duration of Program:
January 1 – March 31, 2018
ROUND 1: Application Deadline: September 30, 2017
A selection committee reviews online applications and selects semi-finalists.
ROUND 2: Semi Finals
Notified: October 15, 2017
Supporting materials due: Nov 1, 2017
Semi-finalists submit supporting application materials. Selection committee members rank semi-finalists and conduct interviews.
ROUND 3: Finals
Notified: Nov 15, 2017
Finalist announcement: Dec 1, 2017
All finalists will attend MIT’s acclaimed Entrepreneurship Development Program in Boston.
Winners to be announced:
Dec 16, 2017
How to Apply: