Kenyan firm recognized among world’s top fintechs


Kenyan start-up Alternative Circle has been recognized as one of the top fintechs in a first ever survey on the emerging industry, globally.

The first Global Fintech Index city ranking 2020 by Findexable, a platform that aims to identify emerging hubs, fintech companies, and trends of fintech ecosystems in more than 230 cities across 65 countries, cited Alternative Circle as “One to Watch” in the recently released survey.

Alternative Circle founder and CEO Kevin Mutiso said that the recognition reflects the fintech’s commitment to widen financial conclusion through continuous innovation.

“We at Alternative Circle recognize that technology has the ability to give financial access to everyone in a sustainable way. We are proud that our efforts are being recognized globally,” said Mutiso in a statement issued in Nairobi on Thursday.

The Global Fintech Index City Rankings 2020 identifies emerging hubs, fintech companies and trends.

The Index algorithm ranks the fintech ecosystems of more than 230 cities across 65 countries incorporating data from global partners including StartupBlink, Crunchbase and SEMrush.

“The Index is the inspiration of thousands of hours of interviews, surveys and internet searches – and the product of four months of algorithm development to create, for the very first time, a fully global ranking of fintech countries and cities,” said Simon Hardie, CEO and Founder of Findexable – the company behind the ranking.

Nairobi, on its part, was ranked as the 42 most innovative hub for fintechs on the back of having an ecosystem that has enabled innovations in payment, enabling processes and technology, banking and lending solutions.

Alternative Circle was started in March 2016 with a mission to give financial access to over 200 million people globally.


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