Updated May 05, 2020CLOSED


Offered by Village Capital and Paypal

Village Capital and MetLife Foundation are launching an investment readiness program for Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Turkey-based startups that are using tech to help low-income individuals and families manage their day-to-day finances, build short- and long-term savings and wealth. The accelerator is a collaboration between Village Capital, MetLife Foundation, and PayPal. We’re encouraging applications from entrepreneurs building high-growth, scalable solutions focused on the following regional challenges: Gender Inequality, Youth Unemployment, Access to Finance for MSMEs, and Digital Finance.

The COVID-19 pandemic will have an unprecedented effect on the financial health of many in MENA, with low-income groups and small businesses heavily impacted. Applications for Finance Forward MENA 2020 are open to companies developing relevant products in response to the crisis.

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CLOSEDMay 28, 2020Deadline
Up to $70,000Amount

Mandatory Requirements

Implemented In:
RegionMiddle East and North Africa
Focus AreasFinancial Sector & Investment (Economic Growth and Trade)
Entrepreneurship (Economic Growth and Trade)

Eligible startups must have:

  • • For-profit market-based solution that tackles a financial health challenge for low-to-moderate income communities in MENA or Turkey
  • • Operations in or have the ability to expand business to the MENA or Turkish market
  • • Have a minimum viable product (MVP), and raised less than $1M in equity
  • • Have at least one full-time founder based in the MENA or Turkey
  • • Have meaningful customer or business validation (not limited to revenue, can also be successful pilot studies, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships)

Application Directions

Applications can be submitted directly online.
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