The Wall Street Journal Announces The Financial Inclusion Challenge

Deadline: 15 May 2015
Open to: non-profit and for-profit enterprises worldwide
Prizes: grant for the project, participation on award ceremony in Hong Kong, covered traveling and lodging expenses


The Wall Street Journal is delighted to announce The Financial Inclusion Challenge. They invite non-profit and for-profit enterprises around the world to submit short video proposals that showcase their solutions to the problems of financial inclusion, with a focus on addressing the difficulties affecting individuals’ ability to join and stay in the financial mainstream in the Asia-Pacific region. These solutions must be innovative, sustainable, scalable and impactful, and help to increase access to financial programs, products and services for people who have been excluded from them in the past.

Independent panel of judges will assess these solutions based on whether they have had a meaningful impact on financial inclusion in Asia-Pacific. Entries will be separated into the following categories:

  • technology;
  • education;
  • operational effectiveness.


Any non-profit or for-profit organization headquartered throughout the world that provides financial services focused on the region and has some intent on creating social impact in the Region. Participants must be 18 or older.


There will be three category winners (technology; education; and operational effectiveness), and one overall Challenge winner chosen by the judges. Additionally, there will be a People’s Choice winner chosen by public vote from among finalists. Finalists may be profiled on Winners will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Hong Kong and may receive grants if applicable in their territory. Expenses for traveling and lodging are covered by organiser. Finalists will be announced on or after 15 June 2015.

How to apply?

Please submit a video proposal of no more than two minutes that showcases how your financial program, product or service has helped to solve problems affecting people’s wherewithal to join the financial mainstream in the Asia-Pacific region. Export your video file as an .mp4 with these settings:

  • Codec: h.264 |Constant bitrate (CBR): 4000Kbps / 4Mbps |Frame size: 1920*1080 |Frame rate: native
  • Filename: FINC_FirstnameLastname_DateDDMM for example: FINC_DowJones_2015.mp4

Please fill in this application form. If you wish, you may also create supporting documents for your proposal as an email attachment – for instance, a one-page company overview that outlines your strategies and achievements in financial inclusion. Any files submitted should be no more than 20MB total.

Upload your application materials and enter [email protected] as the recipient email address. Once the upload is complete, send a separate confirmation email to the same address. Please mark clearly in the subject line of your email and the message box of your submission: “TFIC Application.”

For more information about terms, conditions and prizes, please download this file, or check the official web-site.

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