HiPipo has announced that registration for the fourth edition of the HiPipo 40 Days 40 FinTechs has opened.
Innocent Kawooya, the HiPipo Chief Executive Officer, said HiPipo 40 Days 40 FinTechs initiative has put the Innovation and Financial Inclusion bar very high.
The Initiative, he said, showcases both the time and lifesaving abilities of Financial Technology.
He explained that although the 2020 and 2021 seasons ran in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, they laid the groundwork for this project with more than 200 submissions and about 85 shortlisted participants.
The third edition, which ran in 2022, was even much bigger and better as it focused on the East African region, he said. Some 47 participants, drawn from Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania were featured, out of more than 150 submissions, he added.
“It was captivating to find out how Financial Technology (FinTech) is transforming the lives of millions from across the region,” Kawooya noted.
Run under HiPipo’s Include Everyone program that also encompasses other initiatives such as FinTech Landscape Exhibition, Women in FinTech Hackathon, Summit & Incubator, and the Digital and Financial Inclusion Summit and Digital Impact Awards Africa; the 40 Days 40 FinTechs platform aptly provides a setting for the various players and stakeholders involved in digital and financial technology to exhibit their products and services.
It also gives players a platform to share their ideas on how the unserved and underserved by the present financial systems can be brought into the fold.
“40 Days 40 FinTechs Season Four is here and will specially focus on not only Innovativeness but will also pay keen attention to the actual impact of each featured Innovation. We shall move to all regions in Uganda, in addition to engaging participants from across East Africa. In all these places, we shall interact with the Innovators and the end-users of their innovations,” Kawooya noted.
He added: “We shall seek to find out how all these innovations have changed people’s lives, how the innovators have made the communities they serve in better, and how they have contributed to economic transformation at all levels. We shall also collect feedback on what must be done to make these innovations better and how to scale them to reach even more people. This season, we shall tell the social, economic and cultural impact of FinTech Innovations.”
40 Days 40 FinTechs continues to be the world’s premier showcase event for innovations that are enabling underserved populations to join the digital economy space.
Some of the Initiatives partners include Level One Project, Mojaloop Foundation, INFITX, Cyberplc Academy, Ideation Corner, Crosslake Technologies and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.