With innovation and acceleration labs popping up across Asia and Africa – many of which focus on social enterprises including fintechs, agtechs, and insurtechs catering to low- and middle-income segments – we intend to look deeper into whether these labs are facilitating (through their partners) access to and usage of financial services. Our panelists will include representatives of accelerators/incubators and donors who fund these initiatives, all of whom will share their experiences and learnings from labs they manage or fund.

This session will explore theories of change that guide innovative lab design and service delivery, success metrics and measurements used to determine if innovation labs build stronger and more inclusive social enterprises and improve the financial health of the end consumer, and what the next phase of acceleration will look like for social enterprises that have graduated from innovation labs. It will be an engaging and fruitful discussion from perspectives across Asia and Africa.

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