The Tech Touch Balance: How the Best Fintech Startups Integrate Digital and Human Interaction to Accelerate Financial Inclusion

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Date Published: 
Oct 2018
Author: 
Coryell Stout & Amee Parbhoo
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Eight case studies providing insights on combining digital solutions with human touch

Digital technology continues to drive massive change throughout the financial sector. Acting strategically, inclusive fintech startups can use technology to increase access to, improve the quality of, or reduce the cost of financial services for the underserved. However, in too many instances, fintech startups make the same mistake time and again: they build technology for technology’s sake. These fintech models are great on paper but don’t consider the needs and preferences of their customers. They do not use new technologies strategically and fail to transform finance into a sector that works for everyone.

This paper highlights the innovative approaches eight of Accion’s portfolio companies use to balance tech and touch. These case studies offer insights into how companies approach this question, the factors that affect their decision-making, and the outcomes that result from balancing tech and touch correctly. The companies profiled offer a range of services, work in different markets, and serve various customer segments around the world, but are all committed to delivering high-quality, affordable financial services.

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Paper
Topic: 
Technology