Tilman

Tilman is a co-founder and managing partner of Flourish Ventures, an early-stage global venture capital firm that invests in mission-driven entrepreneurs and industry influencers working towards a fair financial system. He serves on the board of a number of portfolio organizations and as chair of the Advisory Council to the U.N. Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance.

Before Flourish, Tilman was a partner at Omidyar Network, where he built the global financial inclusion team. Prior to that, he served for five years as CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global partnership to advance financial inclusion. Before CGAP, Tilman was a partner at McKinsey & Company, where he helped build the global financial services and healthcare practices and worked for more than a decade with leading businesses in North America and India.

Tilman started his professional journey as a journalist in Germany before earning a PhD degree in Economics from the EU-affiliated European University Institute in Italy and joining the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

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[TechCrunch] Flourish Ventures, a ‘fintech venture fund with a purpose,’ secures $350M in new capital
Flourish Ventures, an early-stage venture firm investing exclusively in fintech companies in the U.S. and in emerging markets, has secured $350 million in fresh capital, TechCrunch is the first to report.
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[EMERGE Everywhere] Reflecting on 20 Years of FinHealth
We're celebrating 20 years of groundbreaking work in advancing financial health with Jen Tescher & the Financial Health Network. It's an honor to have Flourish's Tilman Ehrbeck on the EMERGE Everywhere podcast's season premiere -...
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[Forbes India] ApnaKlub: Uplifting kirana, one brand at a time
ApnaKlub is stepping up its kirana play across tier 2 and beyond by rolling out a slew of its own brands. Will the gambit of a B2B wholesale platform for FMCG pay off?
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We’re Doubling Down on Investing in Fintech Entrepreneurs with $350M in Fresh Capital
Today we are thrilled to announce a significant milestone with our early-stage global venture fund, as we’ve secured a new commitment of $350 million. This funding comes on top of the initial $200 million in...
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A Decade of Tech Innovation Fuels Financial Progress for Billions
Data Shows Great Strides Made, Yet Our Work Continues as Economic Worries Remain Just over a decade ago, the World Bank set out to survey 150,000 people across 148 countries to create the first Global...
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[Forbes] An Unequal Burden: Measuring Financial Worry In Developing Countries During The Pandemic
What does financial worry mean for people globally? The answer depends on objective factors such as how much you earn along with subjective perceptions about what constitutes a financially secure life in a particular society.
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[Fast Company] I'm an advocate for inclusive capitalism. Here's why I'm intrigued by Web3
The global managing partner of Flourish Ventures, backed by Pam and Pierre Omidyar, shares his perspective on a digital future that could expand economic opportunity—if innovators and society can harness its potential.
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[Fintech Africa] Fintech Has Taken Off In Africa – Here’s Why It’s Not A Bubble
Some of the most innovative models in fintech we’ve seen have come out of our Africa portfolio, such as the way Pula advanced embedded finance by bundling crop insurance with the seed bought by small...
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[Video] FTS Fest 21: Reflections on FinTech to Date
November 10, 2021Managing partner Tilman Ehrbeck reflects on the evolution of FinTech and what the future holds.
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[EVENT RECAP] How Embedded Finance Can Leapfrog Traditional Banking in Southeast Asia
With high smartphone penetration, a surge in digital adoption accelerated by the pandemic, and a population still largely unbanked, Southeast Asia is uniquely positioned to forge a 21st Century financial sector built on the strength...
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[Rebank Podcast] Purpose Driven Investing for Financial Return with Flourish Ventures
In today’s episode, we’re joined by Tilman Ehrbeck, Managing Partner at Flourish Ventures, a venture firm focused on improving the financial health and prosperity of people around the world. Flourish invests in segments including Challenger...
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