The Ecobank Fintech Challenge

The Journey So Far

The Ecobank Fintech Challenge has evolved into a remarkable annual celebration of indigenous African innovations and Fintech collaborative exchange over the last five editions. With a vision to foster growth and transformation within the African Fintech ecosystem, Ecobank continues to champion its digitization mandate by identifying and supporting promising Africa-focused Fintech startups ready to scale and make a significant impact across the continent.

The Ecobank Fintech Challenge began with an explosive first edition in 2017 and an ensuing second edition in 2018, at the Ecobank Global Headquarters in Lomé, Togo. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 and 2021 editions of the Challenge saw a transition to a successful hybrid format – with virtual and live studio components. Following the end of the COVID-19 global health emergency, the subsequent editions returned to an exciting live grand finale at the Ecobank Pan-African Center, starting with the 2022 edition.

The 2023 Grand Finale Highlights

Our Hallmark

Commercial partnership and integration opportunities to access Ecobank’s 33 African markets

Business acceleration support & capacity building through the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship

Diverse pool of impressive Africa-focused innovations solving Africa’s financial inclusion pain-points

Visibility and networking opportunities from Investors and strategic partners

$50,000 no-strings attached cash prize support to winning company


Our Impact


applications from 64 countries in 6 years


Fintech startups onboarded onto the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship


countries served with Fintech products launched in partnership between Ecobank and Ecobank Fintech Fellows


Ecobank Fintech products currently live on Ecobank digital platforms


product integrations currently ongoing with Ecobank Fintech Fellows


Discover the 2023 Finalists