Visa recognizes Latin American founders transforming the fintech industry
Visa is making its network available to drive inclusive economic growth with the goal of giving everyone, everywhere access to the global economy. This year, the Visa Everywhere Initiative — a global competition judged by Visa executives, clients and partners that showcases innovative payment and trading solutions — opened the door to new startups in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that are promoting greater accessibility in the way people pay, save, and invest. In this final stage of the competition, finalists representing Mexico, Brazil, the Andean region, Southern Cone and Central America and the Caribbean are ready to showcase their solutions worldwide on TechCrunch.
The winner of this final round will go on to participate in the global showdown in Qatar in November 2022 representing LAC, gaining first-hand exposure to leading fintechs from the banking, commercial, venture capital and government sectors, as well as a chance to collaborate with Visa and its broad ecosystem of clients.
“Fintechs and other payments innovators are helping to transform the way we pay, making it easier for more people to access the money they need, when they need it,” mentioned Eduardo Coello, President for Visa in Latin America and the Caribbean, “The Visa Everyhere Initiative has given us the opportunity to discover some of the most promising innovators in the payments space and foster collaboration – bringing together fintechs and larger, more established financial institutions to define the future of payments and together expand access to formal financial services for everyone, everywhere.”
Aroldo Dovalina – Founder, Paynom
Tatiana Fontalvo – Founder and CEO, Bitsports
Alfonso Maira – Co-Founder, Floid
Alejandro Vega – Founder, Huli
André Bastos – Co-Founder, Open Co
Overall Winner: $10,000 USD
Audience Favorite: $10,000 USD
Visa Direct: $10,000 USD
Romina Seltzer – SVP Head of Products, Visa LAC
Franz Strohmeier – SVP New Payment Flows & Global Clients, Visa LAC
Pamela Ceballos Castelo – Sr. Director, Digital Partnerships & Ventures, Visa Latam
Christine Chang – Head of Corporate Development & Ventures, Tribal Credit
The finals event will be hosted by Dr Jen Welter, NFL’s First Female Coach | Speaker | GrrridIron Girls Founder | First Female Coach in Madden | First Female Running Back in Men’s Pro Football | Author | Motion and Emotion Pioneer.
Since its launch in 2015, the program has reached 6 continents touching more than 100 countries. Every year, Visa has expanded the Visa Everywhere Initiative to include unique startups solving unique problems in the world of payments.