MetLife Foundation and Verb have launched the Inclusion Plus competition to identify and support entrepreneurs, non-profits and other impact organizations to help advance financial inclusion for an estimated 2 billion people across the world.
“Our goal is to help our clients build social innovation ecosystems,” says Verb CEO Suzi Sosa, “Financial well-being is a complex problem that cannot be solved by any single solution. Our social impact engagement platform enables us to connect entrepreneurs, investors, corporate partners, mentors and thousands of people from the public. By strengthening this network, we don’t just find one great idea, we actually strengthen the innovation ecosystem.”
The Inclusion Plus competition will reach 10 countries over the span of three years. The competition launches in Egypt & Lebanon this week and will attract participants that have an innovative idea or solution to empower the nearly 50 million Egyptians and Lebanese that manage their day-to-day financial lives without a bank account.
Participants may have breakthrough innovations focused on improving personal financial health. Other applicants include those that are working to scale and grow their existing solutions. Top teams that advance to the semifinal round will be paired with MetLife associates as mentors. Finalists will compete for a total of $100,000 in grant funding.