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Wall Street Journal's Financial Inclusion Challenge 2017

The Challenge is a competition for companies and other organizations that provide financial-inclusion-related products or services in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Challenge is designed to spotlight ideas, innovations and solutions from nonprofit and for-profit enterprises that address financial inclusion in the Asia-Pacific region. Click here and here to read more.

The Financial Inclusion Challenge 2017 call for entries is now open. Competition rules can be found here.

Applications will be accepted until Wednesday, March 15, 2017. Submissions are open to any nongovernmental organizations, for-profit firms and other enterprises. The enterprises can be based anywhere in the world, but their services must be available in the Asia-Pacific region.

Applicants who qualify can download the application form here.

Three finalists will be invited to attend the Financial Inclusion Challenge 2017 live event on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Hong Kong, where the winner will be chosen. Each finalist will have an opportunity to present their innovation to a panel of judges and an audience from Asia and around the world. This year’s judges include Mary Ellen Iskenderian, president and CEO of Women’s World Banking, and Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.

The finalists will be considered by MetLife Foundation for grant funding.

In addition, the finalists will be invited to attend the WSJDLive Asia technology conference in Hong Kong and Shenzhen on June 8-9. This is a great opportunity to see how the technology revolution is unfolding in Asia, and visit some of the hottest companies emerging from the Silicon Valley of China.

Watch videos from last year's Financial Inclusion Challenge here.

Applicants can email FinancialInclusion@wsj.com for more details.