Visa Everywhere Initiative 2024 (Win up to $100,000 Prize) | Apply Now

If you have an innovative fintech startup and want to showcase it to the global audience while gaining recognition and credibility, then the Visa Everywhere Initiative competition is tailor-made for you. Taking place at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco on October 28, this open innovation program provides startups like yours with a platform to unveil groundbreaking solutions and unlock new opportunities.

Visa Everywhere Initiative

Visa Everywhere Initiative

Originating in the U.S. in 2015, the program swiftly evolved into a global initiative, attracting nearly 15,000 startup applications to date, with many now collaborating with Visa or its partners. The 2024 global competition promises to be more thrilling than ever, offering selected finalists a chance to present their ideas to Visa executives, potential clients, and investors. Each region will have one fintech startup chosen to compete in the global finals at the prestigious TechCrunch Disrupt event.


Two cash prizes will be given out during the global finals on October 28th at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco.

  • Grand Prize Winner: $100,000 USD
  • Favorite of the Audience: $20,000 USD (The grand prize winner is also qualified to receive the Audience Favorite award)

Visa will provide accommodations for the global finalists at the TechCrunch Disrupt Pavilion, allowing them to showcase their companies together in the Expo Hall. This opportunity comes with several advantages, including:

  • All global finalists will have access to a dedicated demo table or kiosk in the Expo Hall for the entire duration of the event.
  • A tabletop sign measuring 11” x 14” featuring the sponsor’s logo
  • Founder pass
  • Global finalists will be granted complimentary access to the partner wifi network and power supply.
  • Entry to the Startup Exhibitor Lounge
  • Access to the TechCrunch Disrupt press list will be provided.
  • Inclusion in the Disrupt mobile app

Preceding the global finals, the subsequent local and regional prizes will also be distributed:

  • KBO: Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman
  • Application deadline: April 22, 2024
  • KBO Finals scheduled around June 11, 2024 (In-Person Event)
  • 1st Place: $40K
  • 2nd Place: $26.6K
  • 3rd Place: $13.3K
  • Social Impact/Special Edition Award: $10K
  • Risk FIRE Award: $25K
  • Levant: Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Palestine
  • Application deadline: April 22, 2024
  • Levant Finals anticipated around June 4, 2024 (In-Person Event)
  • 1st Place: $25K
  • 2nd Place: $13K
  • 3rd Place: $7K
  • Audience Favorite: $10K
  • Qatar & Kuwait
  • Application deadline: April 22, 2024

Qatar & Kuwait Finals slated around June 13, 2024 (In-Person Event)

  • 1st Place: $40K
  • 2nd Place: $25K
  • 3rd Place: $15K
  • Audience Favorite: $10K
  • Social Impact Award: $10K

CEMEA (Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa)

  • Application deadline: May 6, 2024
  • CEMEA Regional Finals planned around July 17, 2024 (Virtual Event)
  • 1st Place: $20K
  • Audience Favorite: $10K

North America

  • The application deadline is May 13, 2024. The selection of one Global-Finalist from this region will take place around August 19, 2024.

Latin America

  • Applications should be submitted by June 3, 2024. Similarly, one Global-Finalist from this region will be determined around August 19, 2024.


  • The deadline for applications is July 1, 2024, and one Global-Finalist from this region will be determined around August 19, 2024.

Asia Pacific region

  • Applications must be submitted by July 12, 2024. The selection of one Global-Finalist from this region will occur around September 15, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria

They are seeking fintech startups that offer creative payment and commerce solutions for both consumers and businesses. This may include, but is not limited to:

Emerging Spaces

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data/Open Banking
  • Cloud Computing
  • Digital Identity and Biometrics
  • Cybersecurity and Privacy
  • Fraud and Risk
  • Alternative Finance
  • Loyalty of the Future

Money Movers

  • Remittance
  • P2P and Transfers
  • Cross Border Payments
  • B2C (Disbursements)
  • B2B Payments Orchestration

Enablers (Commerce and Banking)

  • Online Marketplaces and Ecommerce
  • Embedded Finance
  • Core Banking and Bank Enablers
  • FinTech Aggregators
  • Digital Acceptance
  • BaaS

Neobanks and Brokerages

  • Neobanks/Digital Banks
  • MNOs
  • Digital Brokerages
  • Digital Wallets


  • Commercial Lending
  • BNPL
  • Consumer Lending
  • Capital Providers
  • Alternative Lending

Social, Creator, and Gaming

  • Creator Platforms and Services
  • NFT Marketplaces
  • Collectables
  • Gaming Wallets and Tokenization
  • In Game Payments and Transactions
  • Gig Economy Enabler


  • Crypto Exchanges
  • Crypto Enablers
  • Decentralized Finance and Blockchain
  • Web3

Other Categories

  • Urban Mobiity
  • Risk

How to Apply

To begin your application, click here.

Visit the official website of Visa Everywhere Initiative for additional information.

Application Deadline

Varies by Region.

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