About the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub (MAFH)

Accelerate your growth and reach potential by becoming

part of a pan-African network that knows no borders.

Reach your next growth phase while helping shape the future of FinTech in Africa

Accelerate your growth and reach potential by becoming part of a pan-African network that knows no borders.

What we do and why we do it

We have a clear purpose of driving positive change through tech disruption by building a sustainable pan-African FinTech ecosystem. If you’d like that said with a little less corporate jargon: our purpose is to improve the quality of life in Africa by bringing together Mauritian, Pan-African and global corporates, start-ups, investors, academia, regulators, and all other stakeholders to collaborate in the Fintech space in a way that will empower African Fintech into the future.

Through market research and the vast experience from an on-the-ground team and board members, the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub has identified four core pillars mentioned before for daily operations and member support:

  1. Innovation & Incubation
  2. Skills & Capacity Building 
  3. Investment & Deal Flow
  4. Regulatory & Policy Strategy

Using these core pillars, MAFH provides business support and networking opportunities to its members, whilst continuously increasing the scope of its own network in order to connect businesses with the right people and to expand the ecosystem.

Our objectives as a hub are to:

Provide a conducive environment leading to bleeding edge, innovative FinTech innovations that can rapidly change the world


Enable the creation of completely new startups as a result of our Incubation programme


Provide world-class education to members through our workshops and our Incubation lab


Facilitate regulatory applications by members in order to get their solutions out there and operational as quickly as possible


Develop processes that will enable accelerated cross-border FinTech business integration and growth


Provide legal & legislative support for new FinTech businesses or more established institutions who are looking to integrate


Create and strengthen partnerships between tech talents, corporate financiers and investors in a collaborative sandbox


Provide a secure and self-sustaining network where stakeholders can come together to harness the power of FinTech and create wealth for both themselves, the African continent & beyond


Act as a bridge between different African markets & governments as well as external FinTech players to ease the integration of fresh FinTech technology & investment in Africa


Acts as a business support system for smaller FinTech businesses


Why Mauritius?

Mauritius is a small country with big plans for economic growth. The Mauritian government created initiatives such as the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub to help evolve Mauritius into a thriving FinTech hub for the burgeoning African FinTech economy. Mauritius is known for having a reputation for financial safety, and is also one of the world’s International Financial Centres (IFC). These are attributes that provide a prime foundation for Mauritius to become a breeding ground for innovative financial technologies. 

While it’s already a go-to for some due to its highly favourable business tax rates and regulatory sandbox licencing opportunities, the Mauritius African FinTech Hub sees Mauritius as the destination of choice for any business or individuals looking to set up secure and functional FinTech solutions and partnerships in Africa.

 

  • An actively involved government
  • Investment protection and existing international agreements
  • Corporate governance
  • Robust, yet agile legal system
  • Building a workforce
  • Venues and location

Benefits of joining the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub as an entrepreneur

There is no better time than now to be in the FinTech space, particularly as an agile entrepreneur or tech SME.  Digital wallets, internet banking, alternative point of sales and mobile financial products all provide life-altering options to a largely unbanked African market. However, because of the very nature of Financial Technology, it can be challenging to get past the red tape after investing the time to innovate, particularly if it involves disrupting historically traditional industries. This is why MAFH exists, if you join the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub you’ll:

Be plugging your business into a network of pan-African, Mauritian governments, corporates, FSPs, investors, FinTech businesses and tech experts.


Get assistance with regulatory sandbox licences as well as business registration.


Have access to resources and knowledge from other tech businesses that form part of the ecosystem.


Have the opportunity to get in touch with potential investors and other funding sources.


Attend roundtable events with regulatory bodies.


Be supported by the MAFH team’s in-house legal expert, with extensive experience in FinTech regulation.


Benefit from Mauritian investor agreements in place that can act as buffers for businesses looking to enter new growing African markets.


A number of African FinTech start-ups have made Mauritius their home, providing a proven template for business that want to enter African markets via Mauritius.


Free workshops with regulators, government representatives and other legislative decision-makers.


Be part of innovation labs run by corporates of MAFH itself.

What do entrepreneurs & SMEs get as part of the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub?

MAFH is an ecosystem where entrepreneurs, SMEs, tech business, corporate entities, FSPs and investors can come together and create profitable FinTech solutions for the African market. As a startup or small business in the FinTech space, you’ll need as much on-the-ground support as possible, which is why, as a MAFH member you’ll have:

  • Licensing and regulatory fast-tracking and support in Africa & Mauritius.
  • Use of established pan-African networks and connections.
  • Free office space in the MAFH building, located in central Mauritius, however you don’t have to live in Mauritius if you want to be part of the hub.
  • General business administration support for smaller businesses.

Why work with a FinTech Hub based in Mauritius?

Entrepreneurs, startups and SMEs interested in joining a hub in Mauritius, the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub is ideally located, not just because of its proximity to Africa due to timezones, but also for the following reasons:

  • Mauritius has a strong reputation for safety with  Investment Promotion and Protection Agreements (IPPAs) in place with a number of African states so it can act as a protective barrier between local African governments and businesses looking to enter new markets.
  • Mauritius has a International Financial Centre, which underpins its reputation for safety.
  • The Mauritian business world is well-known for its corporate governance culture as well as it’s stability, it is therefore the ideal sandbox environment for businesses looking to enter more volatile markets in the future.
  • A number of African FinTech start-ups have made Mauritius their home, providing a proven template for business that want to enter African markets via Mauritius.
  • Mauritius has a strong ICT workforce that’s able to assist in pre-market testing of your products.

What do entrepreneurs & SMEs get as part of the Mauritius Africa FinTech Hub?

MAFH is an ecosystem where entrepreneurs, SMEs, tech business, corporate entities, FSPs and investors can come together and create profitable FinTech solutions for the African market. MAFH knows that in order to do this, particularly as a startup or small business in the FinTech space, you’ll need as much on-the-ground support as possible, which is why, as a MAFH member you’ll have:

  • Licensing and regulatory fast-tracking and support in Africa & Mauritius.
  • Use of established pan-African networks and connections.
  • Free office space in the MAFH building, located in central Mauritius, however you don’t have to live in Mauritius if you want to be part of the hub.
  • General business administration support for smaller businesses.
  • Free workshops with  regulators, government representatives and other legislative decision-makers.
  • Be part of innovation labs run by corporates of MAFH itself.

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