Visa Africa Accelerator Programme for Fintech Startups in 2023.

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Unlock your startup’s potential and fast-track your success in the dynamic world of Fintech with the Visa Accelerator program. This groundbreaking initiative connects Africa’s brightest minds with experienced mentors, cutting-edge technology, and unparalleled investment opportunities.

Are you ready to disrupt the industry, revolutionize finance, and make an impact on the ecosystem? Join this exciting 3-month journey to propel your startup toward unprecedented growth and recognition. It’s time to unleash your entrepreneurial spirit and forge a path to success in the vibrant fintech landscape.


If your team has already designed a minimum viable product related to the proposed areas designed a minimum viable product related to the proposed challenges or has a market-ready solution, you are the right fit for the program

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Seed to Series A startups with at least an MVP


Building a solution addressing one of our themes


Market-tested solution that has gained traction


Existing operations in Africa or demonstrated commitment to expanding in Africa

Opportunity Areas

  • Unlocking new payment flows
  • Embedded Finance
  • Empowering merchants and SMEs
  • Payment Infrastructure Enablers
  • The Future of Finance
  • Sustainable and Inclusive Finance


Knowledge and Expertise

Gain a competitive edge with a tailored program covering product design, marketing, finance, sales and more. Receive experts’ guidance and strategic insights to accelerate your startup’s growth and unlock its full potential.


Gain access to 1:1 mentoring from experts and founders in the ecosystem from Africa and beyond. Learn from the experience of others to solve your challenges.

Visa Specific Training

Benefit from exclusive Fintech and payment training modules designed by Visa. Enhance your understanding of the fintech landscape, payment ecosystem, and industry best practices. Startups will also get the chance to access Visa’s developer portal and experiment with Visa products and services.

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Secure the funding you need to bring your innovative ideas to life. Showcase your startup during the Demo Day and you could be considered for an investment opportunity by Visa, Plug and Play, and our wider Venture Capital community.

Partnership Opportunities

Forge powerful partnerships that can drive your startup forward. The program aims to open doors to valuable collaboration opportunities with industry leaders, innovative companies, and strategic partners.

Product Perks

Gain access to a wide selection of product perks and discounts from over 100 vendors for a combined offer value of over $200,000. Offers include credits from Google Cloud and HubSpot.

Program Duration

  • The program of study will be presented in a hybrid format and will span three months in total.
  • It will include an onboarding week, 10 virtual focus weeks, an investor week, and an in-person Demo Day. Other in-person events maybe be organized during the duration of the program such as city meet-ups or other country or regional events.

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Selection Process

  • All applicants will undergo two rounds of screening by the program team.
  • In the first round, each application will be reviewed for program alignment, existing traction, founding team, and proposed synergies with Visa.
  • Shortlisted startups will be asked to take part in a series of virtual interviews, and finalists will be notified before the program begins.

For More Information,

Application Deadline: August 25, 2023

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