Cowrywise becomes the first Nigerian startup in the Catalyst Fund’s accelerator portfolio

by | Jan 21, 2020

Inclusive fintech accelerator, Catalyst Fund has added Cowrywise as the only Nigerian startup among 19 other African and African-focused fintech startups in its portfolio. The UK-DFID-backed accelerator announced this via its Twitter handle yesterday.

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Apparently, the Nigerian fintech startup has undergone a 6-month journey of exposure to remote and in-person support from a team of venture builders as is the practice for all startups selected into the Catalyst Fund’s accelerator program.

Since launching in 2016, Catalyst Fund has accelerated 31 fintech companies across 14 markets globally. Nigeria has now become a focus market along with Kenya, South Africa, India, and Mexico from where the next cohorts of 10 fintech startups will be picked.

According to Techcrunch, the accelerator just gained $15 million in new support from JP Morgan and UK Aid to back 30 fintech startups across Africa, Asia, and Latin America in the next three years.

It is, however, uncertain what value this new achievement adds to the savings and investment platform, but it is expected to have a relatively huge impact on the startup’s current funding status being already backed by three investors.


Suggested read: Announcing Microtraction’s investment in CowryWise


Founded in 2017 by Razaq Ahmed (CEO) and Edward Popoola (CTO), Cowrywise has since made its way into YCombinator and Microtraction’s investment portfolios during its early years.

The startup will possibly use the investment to add new products on its platform while focusing on the goal of bringing wealth management services to young Africans irrespective of their income level — a commitment revealed by the startup’s CEO.

Oluwanifemi Kolawole
Oluwanifemi Kolawole

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