How the Accion Venture Lab’s Vikas Raj invests in the next generation of inclusive financial services firms

Many of our listeners might be familiar with Accion, the global non profit that uses digital technology to create a more financially inclusive world. Accion was founded in the 60s and has roots in microfinance.

Fewer people know that Accion has a venture arm. Accion Venture Lab invests capital and provides support to innovative fintech startups with a mandate to improve access, quality, and affordability of financial services for the underserved at scale.

Vikas Raj is a managing director at Accion Venture Lab and sits on the board of companies like Konfio, Self Lender, StreetShares, and Tienda Pago. We talk about his approach to seed investing with a social impact and certain trends that cut through Accion Venture Lab’s portfolio.

Vikas also hosts a podcast for Venture Lab entitled VentureKast about the cool financial inclusion startups around the world and the entrepreneurs who build and grow them.

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