NAIROBI, Kenya, April 22, 2022 – Today BFA Global and FSD Africa announce the creation of a first-of-its-kind venture launcher, TECA (Triggering Exponential Climate Action). The launcher will create fintech startups with solutions that enable climate resilience in the most vulnerable communities around the world, with an initial focus on Africa. With FSD Africa’s $3.3m investment over 4 years, TECA will support pioneering entrepreneurs from idea stage to launch, expanding the pipeline of investable opportunities in the fintech for climate resilience space. FSD Africa’s support will also accelerate the ecosystem around the ventures by engaging with multiple stakeholders to unlock capital, attract talent and create proof points to spur more innovation for climate resilience.
At FSD Africa, we believe that a strong, fair and accessible financial system is crucial to a sustainable future for Africa’s people and its environment. In particular we believe that finance can play a major role in tackling climate-vulnerability and that by harnessing the power of fintech innovation we can help address market barriers to building out much needed climate resilience solutions. The challenge for Africa is that this innovation is stifled by a weak ecosystem, reflected in low early-stage investment. Our partnership with BFA Global on TECA aims to address this by originating, investing in and growing a pipeline of climate resilience ventures, while helping to influence and expand the pool of investment into this space
Juliet Munro, Director, Digital Economy at FSD Africa
TECA will help to create pipeline at the nexus of fintech and climate resilience by backing entrepreneurs with bold ideas that build the resilience of vulnerable communities and natural ecosystems. We are looking for top talent that can push the boundaries in solving these large systemic challenges. By helping to launch new ventures responding to these emerging issues, our vision is to help create an ecosystem abundant with innovative solutions fortifying the climate resilience of vulnerable populations and the planet.”
David del Ser, Chairman and Chief Innovation Officer at BFA Global