Visa Accelerator Programme 2024 Ignites a New Wave of Innovation in Asia-Pacific Startups

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Visa, a world leader in digital payments, has officially announced an open call for startups to be part of the Visa Accelerator Programme 2024. This six-month programme seeks to bolster participating startups across the Asia Pacific region, providing a platform to unlock growth potential and commercialisation opportunities.

Through this initiative, Visa aims to intensify outreach to startups and reinforce its commitment to supporting fledgling businesses in the Asia Pacific region, said the company in a news release issued on Monday.

According to the source, from its establishment, the Visa Accelerator Programme has steadfastly supported participating startups in the Asia Pacific region, offering them seasoned mentors, state-of-the-art technology, and access to investment prospects. Guided by Visa, startups from the 2021 and 2022 cohorts have successfully clinched commercial deals with esteemed regional clients and partners. As a further testament to its success, Visa has forged partnerships and commercial
agreements with multiple startups, each showcasing substantial innovation in the payments industry. Seven startups were selected for the 2023 cohort earlier in May 2023.

The programme offers a unique collaborative opportunity, enabling startups to co-develop, test, and iterate solutions with Visa’s payment experts and business development teams. In 2024, the programme’s focus revolves around “Building the Future of Commerce with Visa” in a comprehensive agenda to pursue five potential areas: Artificial Intelligence/Generative AI, Embedded Finance, Global Money Movement, Digital Acceptance for Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Businesses (MSMBs), and the Loyalty of the Future.

‘Many Cambodians have amazing business acumen, and as the country develops, we’re seeing the entrepreneurial spirit flourish more and more,’ said Ms. Ivana Tranchini, Visa Country Manager for Cambodia. “At Visa, we are thrilled to give Cambodian innovators the opportunity to develop their talent and the next generation of digital payment s
olutions. The Visa Accelerator Programme seeks to solve real-world challenges and provide benefits to consumers, businesses, and the overall payments industry. Startups will get the chance to work with Visa’s experts for up to six months to bring their Proof-of-Concept to life. I can’t wait to see the creativity and practical know-how these startups bring to the table.”

Selected startups stand to gain significantly from this programme with a range of benefits:

Rapid Solutioning and Testing with Visa’s support to generate maximum impact within a short timeline, and equity-free funding of up to US$50,000, focusing on efficient Proof-of-Concept (POC) development.

Access and Partnerships with exclusive introductions to Visa’s global network, and tailored partnerships with commercialisation opportunities post-programme.

Exclusive Mentoring from a dedicated Visa sponsor and POC working team to open doors and champion startups, and access to Plug and Play’s renowned mentor network to fast track your growth.

Business Scalability with follow-on pilots, commercial agreements, co-creation, and even potential funding for successful POCs across Asia Pacific, while being recognised on the global stage as an elite startup.

The Asia Pacific Visa Accelerator Program 2024

The Visa Accelerator Programme returns for its fourth iteration in 2024. Visa welcomes growth-stage startups with a solid commitment to long-term growth in the Asia Pacific region, existing operations within the region, and a market-validated, proven solution to apply.

The programme timeline spans from the application period, commencing on Jan. 8 and concluding on Mar. 8, 2024, with the selected applicants to be notified in April 2024. POC development will span the period from May to October this year, with the final Demo Day to occur in November 2024. This comprehensive initiative is geared toward fostering innovation, collaboration, and the growth of startups in the digital payments space.

Source: Agence Kampuchea Presse