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Grameen Foundation launches Tech4Inclusion challenge for tech startups

The challenge invites technology startups working on cutting edge AR/VR technologies and encourages them to come up with innovative solutions to address the challenges in advancing digital and financial inclusion
Grameen Foundation launches Tech4Inclusion challenge for tech startups
Grameen Foundation launches Tech4Inclusion challenge for tech startups (Representational Image: Shutterstock)

Grameen Foundation India (GFI) recently launched the challenge for augmented reality-based solutions to advance financial literacy and inclusion. The challenge invites technology startups working on cutting edge augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies and encourages them to come up with innovative solutions to address the challenges in advancing digital and financial inclusion of low-income people, particularly women.
 
The virtual launch event ‘Technology for Growth and Inclusion’ saw engaging discussions on the scope and use of AR/VR technology in the financial inclusion space.
 
Welcoming the participants, Prabhat Labh, CEO, Grameen Foundation India said, “Technology can play a crucial role in inclusive growth and development and Grameen is focused on bringing scalable solutions to impact the excluded populations.” “The challenge is an opportunity for entities working in the augmented reality and machine learning space to design a mobile application for delivering financial literacy,” he added.
 
The inaugural session had a welcome address by Shivangi Jain, Associate Vice President, Startup India, an initiative of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India. Highlighting India’s achievement in the financial inclusion space through Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) scheme, she said, “India has achieved a lot in this space. However, there were still millions of unbanked people in the country and Grameen’s initiative to support tech startups to work in this space is remarkable.” She encouraged the tech startups to take advantage of various schemes of Startup India.
 
Dipika Prasad, representing Last Mile Money, introduced the concept of human-centred design and explained how this could help create desirable, feasible, and viable solutions.
 
The mobile applications developed under the AR challenge will receive financial assistance from Grameen and will be deployed by the business correspondent agent networks to deliver financial literacy to their customers. This launch event was organised by Grameen Foundation India in partnership with the Business Correspondent Federation of India (BCFI), Blippar, Global Mindset, Last Mile Money, 10,000 Startups and VR/AR Association.

Grameen Foundation India is a leading social impact organisation, working on financial inclusion, agriculture-based livelihoods and health and nutrition initiatives with the mission to enable the poor, especially women to overcome poverty and hunger. Inspired by the work of Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus, Grameen provides works in partnership with leading development organisations in India to ideate, innovate and scale breakthrough solutions that reach underserved populations, particularly women. Under its BEADS (Business Correspondent Network Experiments and Demonstrating Scale) project, Grameen aims to drive productivity, efficiency and profitability of business correspondent networks with the ultimate goal to drive financial inclusion and empowerment of at least 250,000 low-income communities, particularly women. As part of this project, Grameen is exploring how financial literacy can be more fun and engaging by using augmented reality technology.

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