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 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 three cohorts; the 2017, 2018 and 2020 groups.
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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