Visa Accelerator Program
The Visa Accelerator Program was created to help startups unlock their growth potential and scale across the Asia Pacific region, by collaborating on joint solutions that address the biggest opportunities in digital payments.
Together with Visa’s payment experts, product architects and business development teams, startups in the Visa Accelerator Program get to rapidly co-develop, test, and iterate new solutions, while pursuing tangible go-to-market opportunities with our extensive network of financial institutions, merchants and digital partners over a course of six months.
Now in its fourth year, the Visa Accelerator Program has enabled the growth of some of Asia Pacific’s most prominent startups.
Applications for our 2024 program are now closed.
- Test and validate your solution efficiently through a focused Proof of Concept (POC) to generate maximum impact within a short timeline
- Get equity-free funding of up to US$50,000, at Visa's discretion, to support your POC
- Get business and technical support to build and deploy your solution
Access & Partnerships
- Get exclusive introductions to Visa’s global network of clients and partners
- Explore tailored partnerships and commercialisation opportunities post-program
- Follow-on integration with Visa ecosystem initiatives and programs
- Access Visa leadership and subject matter experts to build your roadmap
- Dedicated Visa Sponsor and POC working team, to open doors and champion your startup
- Access Plug & Play’s renowned mentor network to fast track your growth
Scale Your Business
- Expand into new regions with our market-specific expertise
- A fast track for follow-on pilots, commercial agreements, co-creation, and even potential funding for successful POCs across Asia-Pacific
- Get recognised on the global stage as one of the elite startups accepted into the program
Hear from our previous cohorts
Build the future of commerce with Visa
Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Generative AI
How might we harness artificial intelligence, particularly generative AI, to power transformative payment experiences?
- Generative AI Solutions
- Customer Experience Enhancement
- Fraud Monitoring & Prevention
- Risk Management
- Dispute Management
How might we reshape the fusion of financial services into existing journeys to create seamless offerings across all payment methods?
Global Money Movement
How might we transform the future of cross-border money movement in an increasingly global consumer and business environment?
Digital Acceptance for MSMBs
How might we empower Micro, Small & Medium Businesses to easily and rapidly start accepting and making card and non-card payments at scale?
Loyalty of the Future
How might we redefine loyalty for businesses to acquire and encourage deeper interaction, with the consumers of tomorrow?
Who are we looking for?
Startups with solutions addressing one of the following opportunity areas:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)/ Generative AI
- Embedded Finance
- Global Money Movement
- Digital Acceptance for MSMBs
- Loyalty of the Future
Startups with a market-tested solution that has gained traction
A clearly articulated scope and business rationale for a POC with Visa
At least 9-12 months runway (Series A and above)
Resources available for POC testing with Visa (startup can dedicate time and focus without impacting core operations)
Asia Pacific Focus
Startups that demonstrate commitment to expanding in Asia Pacific
Existing operations in the region is a plus
Meet Our Startups
Global Money Movement
Open Banking & Embedded Finance
Merchant Acquiring & SME Enablement
Digital Currencies & Blockchain
Unlock Global Scale with Visa
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