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Visa Europe launches fintech “innovation hub” in Shoreditch

Acclerator programme will offer support to start-ups in the payments space to take them from initial concept to market testing and design

Visa Europe has opened its new international accelerator in Shoreditch; an “innovation hub” titled Visa Europe Collab.

The programme will offer innovative start-ups in financial technology (fintech) insights, tools and connections to help advance payment technologies and services for consumers.

The accelerator will aim to support a minimum of 20 business ideas through its 100 day process, with the best and most commercially viable concepts developed into fully grown services by Visa, and rolled out to Visa member banks, retailers and consumers across Europe.

After its initial run in London, Visa Europe Collab will open in other global innovation hubs including Tel Aviv and Berlin.

Founder and co-creator of the scheme, Steve Perry, commented: “Visa is in a unique position to help innovators develop and scale their ideas.

“Now, through our innovation hub, we are creating a network of partners and a community that will help us provide the mentoring, advice and experience start-ups and entrepreneurs need to get their ideas off the drawing board and into the commercial world.”

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Henry has been writing for since 2015, covering everything from business finance and web builders to tax and red tape. He’s also contributed to many of our industry-renowned annual indexes, including Startups 100 and Young Guns, and created a number of the site’s popular how to guides. Before joining the team, he reviewed films for a culture website, and still harbours ambitions of being a screenwriter.


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