Stage Specific Programs

Global Impact Partnership Program


Interested in exploring partnership opportunities in ASEAN together with UNDP, Citi and DBS?

This program aims to bridge the stronghold of Nordic fintech startups, with scaling opportunities from our global partners with local presence in the ASEAN region. If you are a startup working to solve one or more of the six challenges, we encourage you to apply to this program. The goal of this program is to rapidly identify and prototype commercial partnerships to support the internationalization of participating startups.


Autumn 2020 challenges

  1. From ESG to SDG on SMEs - Helping financial institutions get impact (SDG) ratings/data on SMEs
  2. Accelerating decentralized finance for the 'bottom of the pyramid' - Solutions that target the bottom of the wealth pyramid
  3. From ESG to SDG for Wealth Management & Financing - Helping wealth managers, investors, lenders and others get impact metrics on firms and portfolios
  4. Financial inclusion and literacy of MSME networks - Solutions that would allow unbanked MSME’s and individuals access to financial services and path to financial prosperity
  5. Empowerments of low-income employees (HR+Fintech) - Help global corporations support their local employees with financial services and literacy
  6. Enabling deep-tier financing - Help rethink the way that financing of large corporates trickles down towards their suppliers

A unique opportunity to identify partnerships to scale your solution in the ASEAN region together with strong commercial partners. If selected, you will get support by top advisors and investors on how to best scale your solution into new markets. You will get access to a global network of gatekeepers that can help validate and potentially accelerate your business, as well as a comprised process to quickly prototype potential partnerships together with the challenge partners.

The program is run in three sprints and we are looking for startups within the six identified challenges that have validated their offering in a home market and are now looking to scale into ASEAN region through partnerships.

Copenhagen Fintech

Program Facilitator

Leading Nordic Fintech Hub, with a global partner network of financial institutions, investors and fintech firms.

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A collaboration between UNDP's Global Center for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development in Singapore, UNDP's Nordic Office and UNDP SDG Innovative Finance (UNSIF) in Bangkok



As the leading global bank with presence in more than 100 countries, Citi’s mission is to serve as a trusted partner to consumers, corporations, governments and institutions by responsibly providing financial services that enable growth and economic progress. Through leading-edge innovation and financial ingenuity, Citi aspire to deliver the best outcomes in a world of technological, behavioural, and societal changes and at the same time, drive positive social and environmental impact globally.

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DBS is a leading financial services group in Asia with a presence in 18 markets. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, DBS is in the three key Asian axes of growth: Greater China, Southeast Asia and South Asia. The bank's "AA-" and "Aa1" credit ratings are among the highest in the world



A collection of top-tier partners, dedicated to support ventures looking to scale solutions addressing the six challenges in the ASEAN region.



This program is powered by The Danish Industry Foundation

More info

Application deadline: October 25th 2020

Response: Selected participants will be notified during October

Program Process: Divided into three one week long sprints, Sprint#1 in Copenhagen (November), Sprint#2 in Singapore (Q1 2021) and Sprint#3 in Copenhagen (Q1 2021)

For more information regarding the program and the specific challenges please download material below.

If you have any questions, please contact Oliver Sjöstedt,