Kwara wins final pitch at Norrsken Impact Accelerator

Lenin Lumumba

Press Release

Nairobi, Kenya, 15th September 2021. Kenyan fintech startup Kwara won the best pitch at the just concluded Norrsken Impact Accelerator program. The eight week program that was held in Stockholm, Sweden saw Kwara emerge top, ahead of nineteen other startups that participated. 

Cynthia Wandia, Kwara’s CEO, said “This was a truly transformative experience. We received unique insights from unicorn founders and top investors and applied them to our own growth trajectory."

The sincerity, deep industry knowledge and vast network of the Norrsken Accelerator stands out. We are certain the program and its startups will rise to redefine what impact startups can achieve."

Cynthia WandiaCo-founder & CEO, Kwara
Cynthia Wandia, Portrait smiling

“Combined with a good business idea, Kwara delivered a pitch with both high energy and clear message,” said Kihlmark Oskar, the Head of Startup & Growth at Nordea.

Norrsken VC is a €125 million impact VC fund investing in the best entrepreneurs that solve societal issues using technology. The vision for the Norrsken Impact Accelerator is to create real change through investing in the next generation business models where the impact is a result of the core operations and impact and profit go hand in hand.


Kwara offers a secure, simple and affordable digital banking platform for savings and credit cooperatives. Kwara’s mission is to make building wealth together frictionless, so the world's 3 billion un- and underbanked can become financially independent. Backed by investors across Africa, Asia, Europe and the US, today Kwara serves over 50,000 members in Kenya, South-Africa and The Philippines and with over $40M in monthly transactions on the platform. Visit

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