2017  Finalist




Taqanu aims to be a regulated financial intermediary that promotes the financial inclusion of refugees, newly arrived groups, and other disenfranchised communities in the European community and beyond. We help refugees and disenfranchised people reclaim their financial identity, and thus to take the first step in being financially safe. Taqanu is creating a method of identity verification that does not require government documentation and instead turns to the layered process of identification based on the digital footprint and real world attestations. With the use of the newly created ID we provide a bank account and bank card for the user that is available from the moment of registration. The newly accessed entry level banking solution is limited (daily monthly, domestic use), where limits are correlated with the amount of verifiable data in the Identity. Our impact is in giving a much needed fresh start as well as in the development of credit histories and the ability to sign contracts, to otherwise isolated groups so that they leave behind the margins of society.