We’re excited to announce the investees from our first Design Sprint Bootcamp we held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania back in October. We convened over 20 entrepreneurs from 10 countries working to introduce revolutionary digital financial services to the world’s poorest communities. We were inspired by their commitment to creating transformative products.
Over six days at the bootcamp, the entrepreneurs and startups received hands-on advice, mentorship, and strategic counsel from industry experts. Based on the Sprint methodology, the bootcamp provided the framework for them to address challenges, create and test prototypes, and present refined solutions to fundamentally transform communities and improve living standards through digital financial services. When executed right, digital financial services have the power to completely transform the economies of the poorest, profitably and at scale.
“The bootcamp has given us the space to confront some of the critical challenges that will make or break our idea. Having the opportunity to step out of your day-to-day and do that in a community of people who are experienced, intelligent and willing to work with you on it – invested in you – has been fantastic,” said Lara Gilman from Yooz.
DFS Lab is investing roughly $400,000 of non-dilutive funding between the following four standout ventures:
We look forward to see what these innovative startups will do and are proud to be able to play a part in helping them reach their full potential.
Here are some photos and a video from our week in Dar es Salaam to learn more and meet some of the investees.