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  • (C) E-Finance Lab Frankfurt am Main e.V.

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  • (C) BMWi/Photographer Wolfgang Borrs

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  • (C) BMWi/Photographer Wolfgang Borrs

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European Youth Award (2015)

The European Youth Award (EYA) is a pan-European contest to motivate young people, social entrepreneurs and start-ups to produce digital projects with impact on society. It demonstrates their potential to create innovative solutions with Internet and Mobile technology addressing the goals defined by the Council of Europe and Europe 2020. The EYA is under patronage of the Council of Europe, UNESCO and UNIDO, the UN’s Industrial Development Organization.

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Landmark in the Land of Ideas (2015)

awamo and its microfinance management solution are named “Landmark in the Land of Ideas” 2015. The competition’s motto for this year is “Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace!”. With this prize, the initiative Germany – Land of Ideas and Deutsche Bank award ideas and projects which successfully contribute to driving digital change. With its microfinance management solution awamo delivers a significant contribution for a connected world by improving access to microcredit and lowering interest rates for it in emerging markets. At www.ausgezeichnete-orte.de you can find more information on all awarded projects. More information on digitization in general is available at www.deutschland-vernetzt.de. With this award initiative “Deutschland – Land der Ideen” and Deutsche Bank want to increase the visibility of entrepreneurial creativity in Germany.

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GSBI Online Program (2015)

awamo was among the 18 organizations in the Global Social Benefit Institute’s (GSBI®) sixth online cohort. Every week for 6 months from June to December 2015, awamo’s executive worked with two Silicon Valley executive mentors to strengthen its business model and growth strategy and improve operational planning, metrics, and financials. For awamo this has been a great opportunity to get in touch with experts who have plenty of experience in setting up and scaling social impact business models as well as to have access to GSBI’s pool of early and later stage impact investors.

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ICT Innovation award by the German Federal Ministry for Economy (2015)

During the award ceremony of startup competition “IKT innovativ” (innovative ICT) Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Brigitte Zypries, named awamo (at that time still BCB Biometric Credit Bureau) one of the 17 winners. awamo convinced the reputable jury its IT solution-based business model has the potential to improve access to finance for millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa by reducing lending risk and lowering transaction costs. More than 250 startup companies participated in the contest.

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“Top 20 industry software“ by German SME initiative (2015)

awamo’s Mobile Office solution and Management Information System were named Top 20 industry software at this year’s IT innovation award 2015. The prize is awarded by Initiative Mittelstand – an initiative promoting Germany’s SME sector. The award does not target startups and awamo (at that time still BCB Biometric Credit Bureau) competed with more than 300 SME companies who have been active for several years.

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Social Impact Lab Scholarship (2014)

In February 2014 awamo (at that time still BCB Biometric Credit Bureau) won an 8 months scholarship for the “AndersGründer” program by newly opened business incubator Social Impact Lab Frankfurt. This program is funded by KfW Foundation and has been designed to support entrepreneurs addressing social issues. It comprises a co-working space in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, coaching, access to relevant networks, PR support and more.

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Winner Innovation Award by E-Finance Lab (2014)

E-Finance Lab is a cooperation between Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Technical University of Darmstadt, and a network of industry partners. Following submission of documents awamo (at that time still BCB Biometric Credit Bureau) was short-listed together with three other FinTech startups and won the final pitch.

Feb, 2017

FAZ.NET

[German] Die digitalen Bankdienste gelten als angesagt und innovativ. Auch die Bundesregierung entdeckt jetzt ihre Möglichkeiten und will sie beim G20-Treffen ausloten lassen. […] Awamo zum Beispiel versucht ein einheitliches digitales Programm zu verbreiten für die sage und schreibe 24.000 Mikrofinanzgeber, die das Unternehmen in den afrikanischen Ländern südlich der Sahara ausgemacht hat […]

Jun, 2016

Technology Review

[German] awamo’s CEO Benedikt Kramer has been announced being a top-innovator under 35 from German magazine Technology Review. The complete list of nominees can be found here or download the full article.

Sept, 2015

AfricaStrictlyBusiness.com

The Cloudy State of Microfinance in Africa: For years, microfinance has been the buzzword in developing countries. Lending small amounts of money to local entrepreneurs and small businesses that lack access to banking and related services has long been heralded as a way to end poverty in developing countries. While this has been successful in parts of South Asia for the most part, the effort has had mixed results in Africa…

Sept 11, 2015

THE CHANGER

500.000 Euros in First-Round Funding? The Awamo Founders Tell Us How It’s Done: We spoke with the founders of “awamo”, a social enterprise that has created a mobile, cloud-based solution for microfinance lenders in emerging markets to simplify the credit management process. The business aims to make microfinance more accessible to a wider audience in order to empower millions of people to create their own microbusinesses, thus stimulating sustainable, regional economic and social development. […]

Aug 26, 2015

Disrupt-Africa.com

Continental ambitions for awamo after funding round: It might not yet have even entered beta phase in Uganda, but fintech startup awamo, which offers tech solutions to microfinance institutions, is planning expansion across Africa after closing its first round of funding. […]

Aug 10, 2015

PC Tech Magazine

awamo, a Fintech startup raises $550k in funding for Uganda launch: Fintech startup awamo, which offers tech solutions to microfinance institutions, has closed its first funding round, raising EUR500,000 (US$550,000) in order to launch its mobile and biometric all‐in‐one‐solution for lenders in Africa, with Uganda the first port of call. […]

Aug 10, 2015

Disrupt-Africa.com

Fintech startup awamo raises $550k in funding for Uganda launch: Fintech startup awamo, which offers tech solutions to microfinance institutions, has closed its first funding round, raising EUR500,000 (US$550,000) in order to launch its mobile and biometric all‐in‐one‐solution for lenders in Africa, with Uganda the first port of call. […]

Aug 2, 2015

Süddeutsche Zeitung

[German] Eine Schufa für Afrika: Deutsche Jungunternehmer wollen die Probleme des Mikrokreditwesens lösen.

Jun 10, 2015

Social-Startups.de

[German] Interview mit den Gründern von awamo: Mit awamo soll die Vergabe von Mikrokrediten in Entwicklungsländern deutlich verbessert und ausgeweitet werden. Neben der Vereinfachung bei der Vergabe und dem Management von Mikrokrediten wird für die Kreditgeber auch das Risiko erheblich reduziert, da die Kreditwürdigkeit der Kreditnehmer zuverlässig und in Echtzeit geprüft werden kann. Über dieses neue System sprach Jenny Lorbeer mit den Gründern. […]

Mar 18, 2015

Frankfurter Neue Presse

[German] Interview mit den Gründern von awamo: […] Mit dem „Biometric Credit Bureau“ (BCB) [now awamo] reiht sich in die Riege der ausgezeichneten Unternehmen auch ein Preisträger mit Dienstsitz in Frankfurt ein. Der Software-Dienstleister will die Kreditauskunft für Entwicklungsländer vereinfachen und macht sich dabei den Mikrofinanzsektor zur Zielgruppe. […]

Mar 16, 2015

Gründerszene

[German] Diese Startups haben beim Gründerwettbewerb IKT Innovativ abgeräumt: […] Auf der IT-Messe Cebit hat das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie heute Abend die Gewinner und Preisträger des Gründerwettbewerbs IKT Innovativ verkündet. Den Preis hat das Ministerium zum bereits zehnten Mal ausgelobt. Insgesamt haben sich 542 Teilnehmer beworben. […]

Feb 15, 2015

StartupRadio.de

[German] Drei Startups vom vierten Between the Towers Event im Interview: […] Benedikt Kramer & Philipp Neub, welche Mikrofinanz-Instituten ein Kernbanksystem aus Fingerabdruckscanner und Tablet anbieten möchten. […]

Feb 11, 2015

Für-Gründer.de

[German] Between the Towers: FinTech-Szene wächst weiter: […] Der erste Pitch des Abends kam von Benedikt Kramer von BCB Biometric Credit Bureau [now awamo]. BCB will Anbietern von Mikrokrediten in Afrika helfen, ihre Daten zu digitalisieren und damit ihre Kredit- und Kundenverwaltung zu verbessern. Über 24.000 solcher Mikrokreditinstitutionen gibt es in Afrika. Die Gründer wollen sie mit iPads und Fingerabdrucklesegeräten ausstatten und so über 90 Millionen Kunden erreichen. […]

Oct 6, 2014

SocialImpact.eu

[German] Biometric Credit Bureau gewinnt SCHUFA und UCA als Unterstützer: […] Die SCHUFA Holding AG hat dem BCB Biometric Credit Bureau [now awamo] Unterstützung bei fachlichen Fragen zum Kreditbürogeschäft zugesagt. […]

Aug 2, 2014

FinTech Forum

7 Questions with Benedikt and Philipp of Biometric Credit Bureau [now awamo]

Aug 22, 2014

medium.com

[German] 10 Finance-Startups aus FrankfurtRheinMain, die man kennen sollte: […] Das BCB Biometric Credit Bureau [now awamo] mit Sitz im Frankfurter Social Impact Lab möchte die Arbeitsweise von Kreditauskunfteien für Entwicklungsländer neu definieren. Zielgruppe stellt der Mikrofinanzsektor in Afrika dar, der sich durch ein erhebliches Ertrags- und Wachstumspotenzial auszeichnet. Das Team von BCB möchte durch die Bereitstellung von Kreditwürdigkeitsinformationen eine Vielzahl von Problemen lösen, mit denen Mikrofinanzmärkte konfrontiert sind. […]

Apr 11, 2014

AndersGruender.eu

[German] Biometric Credit Bureau: BCB Biometric Credit Bureau [now awamo] erhöht die Transparenz im Mikrofinanzsektor Afrikas durch Lösungen zur Risikoreduktion und Steigerung der Prozesseffizienz von Finanzinstituten. Durch die Bereitstellung von Informationen zur Ausfallwahrscheinlichkeit einzelner Kreditnehmer senkt BCB die Kreditkosten. […]