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The world has a banking problem. Two in seven people don’t have a financial account of any kind, either because they can’t afford one or because banks and other financial services just aren’t available.

To make banking accessible to everyone, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation supports a global movement to design and distribute financial services digitally.

The financial services industry loves the idea. They’re just not sure what’s in it for them, nor how to go about actually building a digital and inclusive financial infrastructure.

On the one hand, that’s a very complex problem. But on the other hand, it’s as simple as working together.

How do you get a group of financial leaders and innovators to work together for a collective goal?

Our answer: Invite them to dinner, and immerse them in a game where collaboration wasn’t just the lesson — it was the only way to win.

There are two things that can solve the world’s banking problem: technology and collaboration.

One night in London, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation brought those solutions to life and showed the financial industry that, in fact, everyone benefits from an economy that includes everyone.

“The more people we can include in the economy, the more we can grow in the economy. And it isn’t just about the economic inclusion, it’s about the social inclusion that fosters as well.”

Dave Birch, Consult Hyperion

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