The Ecobank Fintech Fellowship is designed to provide opportunities for Ecobank Fintech Fellows to explore commercial partnerships and product integration deals with the Ecobank group. All emerging finalists from each cohort are inducted into the Fellowship annually, offering them the opportunity to engage Ecobank Executives on possible win-win commercial opportunities over an extended period.
The Fellowship program is situated under two (2) overarching segments - the Bootcamp which comprises preliminary sessions with Ecobank Executives, and strategic VC Partners and subsequently, the commercial engagement phase which launches integration dialogues between the Fellows and Ecobank Business Leads.
Since its inception in 2017, the Fellowship has seen five cohorts: 2017, 2018, 2020, 2021 and 2022 cohorts.
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 processes and requirements relevant for initiating and navigating potential partnerships with the Ecobank Group.
The Bootcamp begins with sessions with Ecobank Executives who introduce Fellows to current partnership opportunities within Ecobank’s service landscape, the detailed integration processes, and compliance & risk management requirements.
Following these preliminary sessions, the Bootcamp launches into sessions with Ecobank Business Units’ Heads who expand on leveraging existing Ecobank digital offerings for further collaborative opportunities. The Bootcamp also connects Fellows with Investors and strategic partners who provide insights and coaching for fundraising exploration.
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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Growth Factor, 2022 Ecobank Fintech Fellow
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