Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition focuses on
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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar. 6, 2019--
Calling all women entrepreneurs! In celebration of International Women’s
Day, Visa (NYSE: V) today reinforced its dedication to women empowerment
with the launch of the first Visa
Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition. The global program
invites women entrepreneurs from around the world to tackle FinTech and
Social Impact challenges for a chance to win $100,000 in each of the two
challenges. The program will culminate with a finals event to be held
during kick-off of the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™.
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Eight former, women Visa Everywhere Initiative winners and finalists, representing regions around the world, star in the Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women's Global Initiative campaign. (Photo: Business Wire)
“More than 163 million women around the world have started their own
business in the last five years, accounting for up to 37% of the
workforce1. Women entrepreneurship is on the rise and Visa is
committed to inspiring more women to break through barriers through
platforms like the Visa Everywhere Initiative,” said Lynne Biggar, chief
marketing and communication officer at Visa.
Since 2015, the Visa
Everywhere Initiative (VEI) has provided visionary solutions for
commerce and payment challenges of tomorrow. The program has activated
regionally in 75 countries and awarded more than 70 leading startups
with monetary prizes, mentorship and access to Visa’s clients and
partners. Now, for the first time, the program will shift from
regionally-focused events to a worldwide program centered on FinTech and
Social Impact to shine a spotlight on the millions of underrepresented
women business leaders and Visa’s commitment to micro and small
businesses catalyzing change.
To participate, companies with at least one female founder are invited
to submit solutions that tackle challenges facing the FinTech and Social
Impact landscapes today through one of the two innovative briefs.
- Challenge 1 (FinTech): Leveraging your company’s unique
capabilities, how could your solution help transform consumer and/or
commercial payment experiences locally, regionally or globally?
- Challenge 2 (Social Impact): How can women entrepreneurs around
the world drive social impact by supporting sustainable and equitable
livelihoods and strengthening local/regional economies?
Additional program highlights:
- All corners of the world2: Eligible
participants will be divided into 6 regions: North America, Latin
America, Asia-Pacific, Europe (excluding France), France,
Africa/Middle East. Each region will send one winner per challenge to
the finals in Paris.
- Important dates: Key dates for the program include:
Open for submissions- March 6th
Applications due April 14th
Regional finalists selected per region- May
Global Finals in Paris, France- June 7th
- Finals activities: During the opening week of FIFA Women’s
World Cup France 2019™, finalists will participate in networking
opportunities with Visa’s global partner network, and a final
live-pitching event to determine the overall VEI winners.
- Bridge of Support: To reward the most impactful solutions, Visa
will provide $100,000 to each challenge winner, along with expert
mentorship, access to clients and Visa’s vast network of partners. The
winners will also receive tickets to the opening game of FIFA Women’s
World Cup France 2019™.
- Global campaign: Visa will launch a global marketing campaign “Together
as One” to celebrate the Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s
Global Edition. Eight former, women VEI winners and finalists,
representing regions around the world, will star in the campaign to
help inspire their peers to participate in the competition and pursue
their dreams of taking risks and building a successful business.
“The Visa Everywhere initiative allowed us to add more value to our
product by using APIs from the Visa Developer Platform. As a result, we
garnered enough recognition to win new customers and business
opportunities! Personally, it was a great accomplishment,” said Amparo
Nalvarte, CEO & co- founder, Culqi. “I am so proud to be a Visa
Everywhere Initiative winner and am truly honored to be a part of the
Women’s Global Edition campaign. I can hardly wait to cheer for all of
the amazing women that will be participating in this wonderful
Underscoring Visa’s ongoing
commitment to advancing women entrepreneurs, the Visa Everywhere
Initiative: Women’s Global Edition builds on the recent launch of She’s
Next, Empowered by Visa, a global platform created to encourage women
small business owners as they build, sustain and advance their
businesses around the world. She’s Next is supported by the Female
Founder Collective (FFC)—a network of businesses led by women,
supporting women. Following a successful inaugural
event in Atlanta, GA, She’s Next and the FFC will host their next
event today in New York, in honor of International Women’s Day.
For more information on the Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global
Edition and all regional events for Visa Everywhere Initiative, how to
get involved and participation terms, visit: www.visa.com/everywhereinitiativeglobal
About Visa Inc.
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our
mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable
and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and
economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet,
provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable
of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The
company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid
growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind
the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world
moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products,
people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more
information, visit About
Visa, https://usa.visa.com/visa-everywhere/blog.htmland @VisaNews.
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