2024 Visa Everywhere Initiative: Global Innovation Program for Startups – Win $1,000 USD Prize

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Applications are currently being accepted for the 2024 edition of the Visa Everywhere Initiative Global Innovation Program. This initiative serves as an open innovation platform designed to assist startups like yours in accessing new opportunities and showcasing innovative solutions on a global scale. Originally launched in the United States in 2015, the program has rapidly evolved into a global initiative. To date, nearly 15,000 startups have applied, with many now collaborating with Visa or its affiliated clients.

We are specifically seeking fintech startups offering products that revolutionize payment and commerce solutions for both consumers and businesses. These solutions encompass various emerging areas, including but not limited to:

Emerging Spaces:

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data/Open Banking
  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Identity and Biometrics
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Fraud and Risk
  • Alternative Finance
  • Future Loyalty Programs

Money Movers:

  • Remittance
  • P2P and Transfers
  • Cross-Border Payments
  • B2C (Disbursements)
  • B2B Payments Orchestration

Enablers (Commerce and Banking):

  • Online Marketplaces and E-commerce
  • Embedded Finance
  • Core Banking and Bank Enablers
  • FinTech Aggregators
  • Digital Acceptance
  • Banking as a Service (BaaS)

Neobanks and Brokerages:

  • Digital Banks
  • Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)
  • Online Brokerages
  • Electronic Wallets


  • Business Financing
  • Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) Services
  • Personal Loans
  • Capital Providers
  • Non-traditional Lending Options

Social, Creator, and Gaming:

  • Platforms and Services for Content Creators
  • NFT Marketplaces
  • Collectables
  • Gaming Wallets and Tokenization
  • In-Game Payments and Transactions
  • Support for Gig Economy Workers


  • Platforms for Buying and Selling Cryptocurrencies
  • Tools and Services Supporting Cryptocurrency Usage
  • Decentralized Finance (DeFi) and Blockchain Applications
  • Web3 Technologies

Other Categories:

  • Urban Mobility Solutions
  • Risk Management


During the global finals event at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on October 28th, two cash prizes will be awarded:

  1. Overall Winner: $100,000 USD
  2. Audience Favorite: $20,000 USD (The overall winner is also eligible for the Audience Favorite prize)

Global finalists will also receive the opportunity to exhibit their companies at the Visa-sponsored TechCrunch Disrupt Pavilion, offering the following benefits:

  • One stationary demonstration table or kiosk is available throughout the entirety of the Expo Hall for three consecutive days.
  • One 11” x 14” tabletop sign featuring sponsor logo
  • Founder pass
  • Access to complimentary partner Wi-Fi network and power to the Startup Exhibitor Lounge
  • Obtain access to the TechCrunch Disrupt press list.
  • Inclusion in the Disrupt mobile app

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