Empowering start-ups to develop solutions for impact

The challenge

When it comes to financial decisions, it’s important to know what we’re choosing – and why. Because although we like to see ourselves as sensible and logical decision-makers, studies continue to show that our decisions are driven by many other (often subconscious) factors.

Is it too hard to imagine and consider our future needs over our current needs? Does the abundance of choice help us or hinder us? From small decisions on impulse purchases to potential life-changing decisions on mortgages and pensions, financial choices are rarely easy.

For Social Good

ING, Deloitte, Dell EMC, CEPR and Dimension Data, came together to form the Think Forward Initiative (TFI). A multi-year movement bringing together experts representing governments, academics, consumers, and the financial and technology sectors to research and analyse the challenges people face when making financial decisions and help build solutions to effectively empower them.

The Programme

In our accelerator hub we will transform TFI’s research insights into real impact solutions and will help external fintech startups with a focus on social impact to take their business to the next level and scale-up further. As we progress, we too want to learn from the outcomes of the program. From these learnings, we can continue forward or change our path towards accelerating innovation.

One great idea can have a big impact for many people when applied on a large scale.

Incubator track

In this phase, entrepreneurial teams will focus on utilising the research insights brought forth by TFI and turning them into useful solutions in service of society’s financial empowerment. They will go through a special program consisting of useful workshops, mentor meetups, coaching sessions and relevant industry events, that will provide them with the tools they need to build solutions that will address the challenges society faces.

Growth track

In this track, we want to help startups take their business to the next level and scale-up further. Through the program, the startups will be connected to a vibrant ecosystem of experts, investors and potential customers. Ideas for this stage, will be prioritised based on quality and potential impact.