Visa Accelerator Program 2024 (for Startups)

Applications are currently being accepted for the Visa Accelerator Program 2024, the program offers an unparalleled opportunity for business startups to accelerate their success in the dynamic fintech landscape.

Visa Accelerator Program

Visa Accelerator Program 2024

This program connects Africa’s brightest minds with experienced mentors, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional investment prospects.

The Visa Accelerator Program is a groundbreaking initiative designed to propel startups toward unprecedented growth and recognition over a 3-month intensive journey.

Entrepreneurs are invited to unleash their potential, disrupt the industry, and revolutionize finance with the support of this comprehensive program.

Thematic Areas

The program is seeking innovative companies whose work addresses the following themes:

  • Unlocking new payment flows
  • Embedded Finance
  • Empowering merchants and SMEs
  • Payment Infrastructure Enablers
  • The Future of Finance
  • Sustainable and Inclusive Finance


Participants in the Visa Accelerator Program can expect the following benefits:

  • Knowledge and Expertise: Tailored program covering product design, marketing, finance, sales, and more, providing strategic insights and guidance.
  • Mentorship: Access to 1:1 mentoring from experts and founders in the ecosystem, enabling startups to learn from others’ experiences and solve challenges.
  • Visa-Specific Training: Exclusive Fintech and payment training modules designed by Visa, offering insights into the Fintech landscape, payment ecosystem, and industry best practices.
  • Funding: Opportunities to secure funding during the Demo Day presentation, with potential investment consideration by Visa, Plug and Play, and the wider Venture Capital community.
  • Partnership Opportunities: Opening doors to valuable collaboration opportunities with industry leaders, innovative companies, and strategic partners.
  • Product Perks: Access to product perks and discounts from over 100 vendors, including AWS credits, mentorship, and Fintech-specific training modules.

Eligibility criteria for the program

If your team meets the following criteria, you are an ideal fit for the program:

  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP):
    • Your team has already designed a Minimum Viable Product related to the proposed challenges.
    • Seed to Series A startups with at least an MVP in place.
  • Market-Ready Solution:
    • Your startup possesses a market-ready solution that aligns with one of the specified themes.
    • The solution has been market-tested and has gained traction among users.
  • Operations in Africa:
  • Your startup has existing operations in Africa, demonstrating a presence or commitment to operating within the African market.
  • Alternatively, you have shown a clear commitment to expanding your operations into Africa.

If your startup fulfills these criteria, it indicates that you are well-suited for the program

Application deadline

The application deadline for the Visa Accelerator Program is February 18, 2024.

How to apply

To apply, click here. You can also click here for more information.

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