The Ecobank Fintech Fellowship is designed to provide opportunities for fellows to explore deals and commercial partnerships and product integration opportunities with the Ecobank group. In addition to networking support, Fellows get to explore integration and commercial opportunities by engaging Ecobank executives over an extended period. All finalists of the Ecobank Fintech Challenge are inducted into the Fellowship. Since 2017, the Fellowship has seen four cohorts: the 2017, 2018, 2020, and 2021 cohorts.
Every year, the Ecobank Fintech Fellowship kicks off with a Bootcamp which introduces the fellows to the Universe of Ecobank partnership and integration opportunities as well as the requirements and processes for initiating and navigating potential partnership with Ecobank Group.
The Bootcamp sessions with Ecobank executives generally covers the following topical areas:
The Bootcamp provides opportunity for the Fellows to meet and interact with our VC and investor partners from different parts of the globe. Experts from our network of investors and VCs provide insights and coaching to Fellows on modules relevant to the fund raising journey. This also marks the beginnings of potential fundraising exploration by Fellows with our network of investors.
In 2017, I participated in the Ecobank Fintech Challenge finals and didn’t make it past the top 10. On the
day, it felt like we were the least prepared out of the 20 startups that competed. We saw startups that
were farther along the development curve than we were. Some were already serving customers in the
thousands; others had already closed some impressive funding rounds. All we had was a demo. Ecobank
was offering to partner a few of the startups to help them scale across Africa...
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