Tahira Dosani of Accion Venture Labs
In this episode, Hall T. Martin conducts an interview with Tahira Dosani, Managing Director of Accion Venture Lab. Hall and Tahira speak about her background in management consulting as well as what Accion Venture lab is and what they do. Accion Venture Lab is an investment initiative that drives financial inclusion globally. They invest capital in and provide support to innovative fintech start-ups that increase access to, improve the quality of, or reduce the cost of financial services for the underserved at scale. They are particularly interested in technology and business model innovation as well as novel approaches that help underserved people and small businesses benefit from the world’s formal economy. They look for models leveraging innovative technologies (e.g., blockchain and distributed ledger, digital ID and full stack infrastructure), newly digitized forms of data (e.g., social media, digital transaction footprints) and new analytical tools (e.g., machine learning). They also look for innovative customer engagement models that create meaningful and delightful user experiences. Accion Venture lab is excited about innovative approaches that focus on financial health and building financial capabilities.
Hall and Tahira talk about seed funds, and what criteria they are looking for in startups and technology. Tahira also speaks about an example of a successful company they’ve funded and what made it work, as well as her thoughts on blockchain and what impact it will have in this space.
You can find Accion at https://www.accion.org/
Tahira can be reached on LinkedIN at https://www.linkedin.com/in/tahiradosani
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