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Visa发起非洲金融科技创企项目

据统计,2017年非洲创业公司的风险投资增长了51%,达到1.95亿美元。而创企获得资金中有近三分之一都来自金融科技产业。

而目前非洲只有17%的人口能够获得正规的金融服务。这样的市场条件无疑为金融科技在非洲的蓬勃发展提供了充足的潜力空间。

近日,Visa宣布将其全球创新计划拓展到撒哈拉以南的非洲地区,希望激发更多的金融科技创新,解决当地的商业交易困境。据悉,此前Visa的这项计划已经在全球吸引了超过2100家创企参与其中。

这项创新计划名为Everyshere Initiative。胜出的项目不仅可以获得5万美元的奖金,还能获得来自Visa方面的专家指导和合作关系网支持。据了解,本次计划已于3月23日正式启动。

VISA has expanded to Sub-Saharan Africa its global innovation programme for start-ups to solve future commerce challenges, enhance their product propositions and provide visionary solutions for Visa's partners.

Entrants in the Everywhere Initiative will have the opportunity to compete for a chance to win up to US$50 000, access to Visa's products and services, expert mentorship and support from Visa and exposure to key Visa partners and clients.

Beginning March 23, Visa invites eligible participants in the region to submit their business solutions.

"In a highly dynamic industry, Visa's Everywhere Initiative allows us to explore a host of ideas that solve business challenges, influence our product roadmaps, support our customers, and shape our culture of innovation," said Andrew Torre, Visa President for Central Europe Middle East and Africa.

With just 17 percent of people in Africa having access to formal financial services, almost a third of funding raised by African startups in 2017 was in the fintech sector.

Venture funding for African startups jumped by 51 percent to $195 million in 2017.

Geraldine Mitchley, Senior Director for Digital Solutions for Visa Sub Sahara Africa, said with over $100 million invested over the past ten years alone, the region's fintech industry was on the brink of a transformative breakthrough.

"We believe the time is ripe to bring together its brightest minds and work on the next big idea in payments technology. With a clear goal of enabling cashless economies and financial inclusion, Visa is committed to fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and driving innovation in its payments landscape," Mitchley added.

To date, the programme has had nearly 2 100 participating startups across the world.


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