IFC has a long history of supporting the technology, telecommunications, and financial services sectors. Financial Technology is at the core of the growing interaction between those industries. It holds great potential to help countries overcome development challenges, by making widespread access to financial services possible.
The Fintech investment team focuses on technology-driven innovation in financial infrastructure, products, services, and their distribution. By mid-2017, we had invested more than $320 million in equity and debt in early- and growth-stage Fintech companies around the globe.
We aim to be a long-term partner to the Fintech companies we support—with growth and expansion capital, sector knowledge, and our global expertise and presence.
- Multi-stage capital from early stage to growth equity, long-term debt, and other financial products that can be tailored to our clients’ need,
- Expertise from Fintech investments in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, making IFC the largest emerging-market Fintech investor,
- IFC-sponsored network of Fintech CEOs from 80 companies around the world,
- Unparalleled international experience and presence with local teams in 98 countries, and
- World Bank Group’s relationships with financial services regulators and access to IFC portfolio companies.
In selecting partners, IFC looks for:
- Tech-driven business models based on an innovative production or distribution of financial services, thereby disrupting existing industries and/or expanding its reach to new markets,
- Late venture or growth stage with existing revenues demonstrating commercial viability,
- Experienced management team, active, and capable investors or shareholders,
- Established market or proven market demand,
- Potential for market lead through sustainable, competitive, or first-mover advantage, and
- Investments of $3 million to $20 million for a minority equity position, or a minimum of $10 million in debt with equity features.
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For Business Plans and general inquiries: Fintech@ifc.org