Tez Financial Services and Green Girls Organization Selected as Winners of Visa Everywhere Initiative: Women’s Global Edition After Worldwide Search
Two top women entrepreneurs from the FinTech and Social Impact challenges received
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The new global competition spotlighted the underrepresented millions of women business and social impact leaders, tasking them to solve a FinTech and – for the first time – a Social Impact challenge for a chance to win
Just before the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019™ kick-off, 12 finalists from six regions pitched their innovative solutions to a panel of judges. Two finalists,
“As the worldwide rate of female entrepreneurship continues to rise, Visa is giving a voice to the collective strength of women who are creating impact in the global economy, spinning the fly wheel of innovation from the bottom up – and we will continue to do so through investments and partnerships that enable women-founded businesses to thrive,” said
The Women’s Global Edition is an extension of the established VEI program, and reflects Visa’s commitment to investment in women entrepreneurs. Since the inception of the VEI in 2015, more than 6,000 startups have participated in 24 innovation programs and have collectively raised more than
The FinTech competition measured how applicants leveraged their companies’ unique ability to solve or transform consumer and/or commercial payment experiences locally, regionally or globally. The FinTech winner
“The Visa Everywhere Initiative has been a remarkable opportunity for Tez,
The Social Impact Challenge sought women-led businesses around the world who are supporting sustainable and inclusive livelihoods and strengthening their local or regional economies. The Social Impact winner
“This opportunity will allow Green Girls to reach more women and girls and expand our footprint to provide renewable energy,” said
In addition to Green Girls and Tez, the following entrepreneurs competed for the two top prizes:
France, represented by Annicelle Kungne, is the largest Pan African payment gateway that enables eCommerce companies to accept mobile money, cash and cards online in 36 African countries.
Papaya Global of
Europe, represented by Eynat Guez, is a SaaS platform that supports total workforce management (payroll, PEO, and contractor management) along with benefits and a full cross-border payments solution in over 100 countries.
Latin America, represented by Stéphanie Fleury, provides basic financial services to the unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses in Brazil, through their app, web-based internet banking and API platforms. Their goal is to promote financial inclusion to more than 115 million people through their B2B2C financial ecosystem.
Asia Pacific, represented by Garima Satija, helps financial services organizations increase customer loyalty and share of spends through contextual, personalized perks and rewards administration. They are building a coalition customer loyalty program through their network of more than 15,000 merchant partners whereby users can earn and easily redeem points using linked debit or credit cards. Alloy of North America, represented by Laura Spiekerman, provides real-time identity and risk decisioning for financial services, including KYC/AML and fraud checks.
Social Impact Finalists:
France, represented by Isabelle Mashola, is an innovative, socially responsible and intelligent platform that links workers in socio-economically disadvantaged countries of Africawith French companies seeking to outsource digital tasks.
Europe, represented by Mireia Badia, is a P2B lending platform that connects small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) that need loans with investors that want to get a higher return on their savings. Grow.ly helps Spanish SMEs grow and develop, reducing their dependency on banks, giving them access to financing and generating growth and development.
Mujeres Del Pacífico of
Latin America, represented by Fernanda Vicente, is one of the largest communities of entrepreneurs in Latin America. They have worked with more than 15,000 entrepreneurs in various countries and industries, supporting, connecting and training them.
Asia Pacific, represented by Miranda Phua, helps low-income families get out of debt with a mobile application to access inexpensive, flexible “Nano Loans” via mobile-phones utilizing a fully-automated process. NeedsList of North America, represented by Amanda Levinson, is a real-time needs registry for crisis response. NeedsList’s open marketplace increases community resilience, transparency and collaboration in crisis relief by tracking and predicting needs in real-time before, during, and after a disaster.