@FastCompany: First Access CEO named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business


“Nicole Van Der Tuin is the co-founder and CEO of financial technology company First Access, which uses mobile phone payments as a stand-in for traditional financial records, providing credit risk scores for loan applicants in emerging economies—usually their first-ever credit evaluation. As of 2016, First Access has analyzed more than 50 billion mobile phone transactions and has helped reduce the lending costs for banks to evaluate borrowers by 65%. The U.S.-based company recently began expanding from its Tanzanian subsidiary; in 2016, it will operate in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, and Zambia.”