Improving financial capability for the financially squeezed
Research suggests that as many as 12.7 million people in the UK could be financially squeezed; people who have significant financial commitments but little capacity to cope with sudden changes to their financial circumstances.
Looking beyond the statistics, the human cost of low financial capability is acute. We know that the cognitive load of trying to get control of their money affects peoples’ ability to deal with other challenges in life.
That’s why we’ve launched Open Banking for Good (OB4G), bringing organisations and people together to create and scale solutions around Open Banking that will improve financial capability in the UK.
OB4G was born from the Inclusive Economy Partnership, a collaboration between business, civil society and government departments. At its heart is a big goal: to use Open Banking to solve some of society’s biggest challenges, creating apps and services that improve financial capability for the one in four households who are struggling financially in the UK.
How OB4G works
Nationwide Building Society has worked with 17 charities and organisations to identify three key challenges for OB4G to address: Income and Expenditure; Income Smoothing; and Money Management and Help.
We’re calling on fintechs and other organisations to come up with ideas and solutions that address these challenges, and that could help improve the lives of the financially squeezed using Open Banking technology. Nationwide has made £3 million available to fund the delivery of these solutions.
We’re welcoming applicants whose concepts are at various stages of maturity, whether you have a great idea that needs exploration and development, or a tried and tested product that needs investment to help scale it up. You don’t have to have the full solution or required skillset – we can augment teams with missing skills, or build teams with complementary ideas and skills to tackle more complex challenges.
What you get
Access to leading financial service organisations and charities trying to fix this problem
Access to mentors that understand the challenge and how to grow a business
Access to world-class ‘labs’ to help build and iterate solutions quickly
Access to funding to drive development
Applications are open until 23rd November 2018, and the scheme will run from December 2018 to October 2019.
We held a seminar in London on Thursday 8th November.
It covered Open Data by Nationwide’s Head of Open Banking, and the three OB4G challenges: Income and Expenditure by the Money Advice Trust; Income Smoothing by the Citizens Advice Bureau; and Money Management & Help from both The Money Charity and Money & Mental Health Policy Institute.
The seminar was filmed and the recordings will be put up here as soon as they are available.
Download full info PDF
The Information for Applicants guide contains everything you need to know about OB4G, and is essential reading if you’re thinking of applying.
Apply by 23rd November 2018
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