Visa Accelerator Program Invites Startups for Collaboration in the Future of Payment

Visa is calling to the startups across Asia Pacific to apply for the Visa Accelerator Program 2023 and applications will close next week on 10 January.

The Visa Accelerator Program, now in its third year, will choose a small group of startups to collaborate on some of the most pressing challenges in the payments industry.

Meanwhile, the 2023 program will focus on developing solutions in the following areas: Web 3.0, global money movement, embedded finance, merchant and small business enablers, and open banking solutions.

Launched in 2019 , the program has since enabled the growth of some of Asia Pacific’s most prominent startups.

The five startups from the 2022 cohort presented their proof-of-concepts at the Visa Accelerator Spotlight event, after working with Visa product and business development teams to bring their concepts to life and expand their businesses into new markets across the region.

Startups from the 2021 and 2022 cohorts secured nine commercial deals with Visa’s clients and partners in Asia Pacific.

Additionally, Visa has entered into six partnership and commercial agreements with selected startups, emphasising the value that startups can bring to the larger payments industry.

“It is exciting to see great products co-developed by the successful startups from the previous cohorts, who have also become our valued partners. Expectations are high as we recruit for the third cohort, because we want to continue bringing the best startups across the region into Visa’s payments network,” Ng Kong Boon, Visa Country Manager for Malaysia said.

“We’re looking forward to seeing applications from Malaysia for the 2023 Accelerator Program,” he added.

Join the program Applications for the Visa Accelerator Program 2023 are now open and will close 10 January 2023. The program is the right fit for startups that are at Series A and above, have a long-term commitment to Asia Pacific growth and existing operations in the region, and have a market-validated, proven solution.

The six-month program will allow selected startups to work together with Visa’s payment experts, product architects and business development teams to rapidly co-develop, test, and iterate solutions, while pursuing tangible go-to-market opportunities with Visa’s extensive network of financial institutions, merchants and digital partners.

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