SAM 2017

Innovation Fair

This event will take place within the framework of the African Microfinance Week, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.


Innovation Fair

Do not miss the opportunity to participate in an event dedicated to the discovery of innovative services, impactful solutions and new technologies that enhance Microfinance Institutions' (MFIs) ability to target more sophisticated clients like Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Why an Innovation Fair?

The Fair aims to present innovative tools and services that can improve the performance of MFIs interested in undertaking a strategic expansion to target increasingly sophisticated customer segments such as SMEs.

The aim of the Fair is not only to inspire visitors, but also to offer a concrete path forward by presenting practitioners with the best available solutions, ready to be implemented at national, regional and pan-African level.

Who are the exhibitors of the Fair?

The exhibitors are organizations, such as consulting firms, training centres, start-ups and Fintech companies that have developed innovative solutions, services and tools to strengthen the capacity, the expertise and the performance of African MFIs.
Furthermore, some solutions can be proposed by organizations that provide services to SMEs that enable them to increase their credibility vis-à-vis the MFIs and to facilitate their access to financial services.
For the exhibitors, the Fair will represent a tremendous opportunity to meet new clients and partners.

Read the Innovators Directory of the Innovation Fair

Dowload the stage presentation schedule

Who are the visitors of the Fair?

The third edition of the African Microfinance Week will bring together about 500 professionals from about 50 countries, mostly African ones.

The visitors of the Fair, mainly composed of MFIs, investors, donors and NGOs, are always looking for innovative solutions that can positively impact their activities.

FMO : Fintech for Microfinance Prize 2017

Harvesting is the winner of the Fintech Prize for Microfinance 2017 worth 10,000 euros. Congratulations to founder Ruchit Garg!

Harvesting receiving Fintech Prize

The Innovation Fair Sponsors

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FMO is the Dutch development bank. FMO supports sustainable private sector growth in developing and emerging markets by investing in ambitious entrepreneurs. FMO believes a strong private sector leads to economic and social development, empowering people to employ their skills and improve their quality of life. FMO focuses on three sectors that have high development impact: financial institutions, energy, and agribusiness, food & water. With an investment portfolio of EUR 9.3 billion, FMO is one of the largest European bilateral private sector development banks. 

For more information:

HPS logo

HPS is a leading payment software company providing electronic payment solutions for financial institutions, processors and national switches all around the world.

Our suite of solutions, PowerCARD, used by more than 350 issuers, acquirers and national switches, processes any card type (credit, debit, prepaid, loyalty, corporate and fuel) via any channel (ATM, POS, internet and mobile) for any kind of merchant.

HPS operates in over 85 countries in 5 continents and counts several Fortune 500 and Forbes World's Biggest Companies as its customers.

For more information please visit:

Mastercard Foundation

The MasterCard Foundation works with visionary organizations to provide greater access to education, skills training and financial services for people living in poverty, primarily in Africa. As one of the largest private foundations its work is guided by its mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. Based in Toronto, Canada, its independence was established by Mastercard when the Foundation was created in 2006.

For more information and to sign up for the Foundation’s newsletter, please visit
Follow the Foundation at @MastercardFdn on Twitter.

​Previous edition (Dakar, Senegal – 2015)



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