How to Apply Visa Everywhere Initiative Grant 2023 ($500,000 ) US Sponsor

How to Apply Visa Everywhere Initiative Grant 2023| The Visa Everywhere Initiative competition grant portal 2023 has open, The program first launched in the U.S. in 2015, and quickly expanded into a global program. If you are looking for an opportunity to  showcase your innovative fintech startup to the world, a platform to gain recognition and build credibility and a chance to win prize money, the Visa Everywhere Initiative competition is for you. How to apply

  • This year’s competition will be hosted at the TechCrunch Disrupt event on September 19th in San Francisco.
  • Applying is the first step towards getting Visa’s attention

The Visa Everywhere Initiative is an open innovation program that helps startups like yours unlock new opportunities — and can give you a global platform to demonstrate your ground-breaking solutions.

Grant: $500,000

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This year 2023 global competition is going to be more exciting than ever before — with an amazing opportunity for selected finalists to get in front of Visa’s executives, potential clients, and investors.

  • One winner per region will be selected to compete in the global finals at the TechCrunch Disrupt event


  • Apply now if you’re a startup with great products already in market and gaining traction — and are looking for an extra push from a global, trusted brand like Visa to gain scale.
  • Enablers of digital services and digital issuers (Blockchain and cryptocurrency, Crowdfunding, Banking as a service, BIN sponsors, Issuer/ Processors, Program managers.
  • Digital issuance : (Blockchain and cryptocurrency, Alternative lending, Personal financial management, Money transfer and remittance, Digital banking (aka neobanks), Digital wallets, P2P, and transfers, Employee benefits
    Payables, Corporate cards (aka expense management)
  • Value-add for merchants and/or consumers in regard to finance: Data and analyticsID, authentication, and security
    InsurTech, ,Loyalty, Merchant services and tools, Process and pay infrastructure
 ,Retail technology
  • Small/medium-sized business: Money movement (disbursements, intra-account, P2P vendor, payments), Acceptance (e-commerce, mobile acceptance), Risk management (chargebacks, etc.), Brand management (community building, etc.)

New categories

  • Sustainable Fintechs
    Urban Mobility

Three monetary prizes will be awarded during the global finals event celebrated on September 19th at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in San Francisco.

  1. Overall Winner: $50,000 USD
  2. Audience Favorite: $10,000 USD (The overall winner and the Visa Direct winner are also eligible to win the Audience Favorite prize)
  3. Visa Direct: $10,000 USD

Global finalists will also  be hosted by Visa at the TechCrunch Disrupt Pavilion to exhibit together their companies in the Expo Hall with the following benefits:

  • (1) standing demo table or kiosk in the Expo Hall all 3 days
  • (1) 11” x 14” tabletop sign with sponsor logo
  • Founder pass
  • Access to complimentary partner wifi network and power
  • Access to Startup Exhibitor Lounge
  • Access to TechCrunch Disrupt press list
  • Inclusion in the Disrupt mobile app

Prior to the global finals, the following local and regional prizes will also be awarded:

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Finals will be held in person on Wednesday, June 14th, 2023.

  • 1st Place – $40K
  • 2nd Place –  $27K
  • 3rd Place – $13K
  • Oman Winner, 1st Place: $40K
  • Bahrain Winner, 1st Place: $40K
  • Impact Award Winner: $13k

South Africa

  • 1st Place – $20K
  • 2nd Place – $10K
  • Audience Favorite – $10K
  • Impact Award – $10K


  • 1st Place – $20K
  • Audience Favorite –  $10K
  • Impact Award – $10K

CEMEA (Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa)
Virtual finals livestreamed on TechCrunch

  • 1st Place – $20K
  • Audience Favorite – $10K
  • RISK Winner – $25K

How to Participate

  1. Apply here
  2. Visa will select one winner per each region that will move forward to the global finals event in San Francisco, CA.
    1. North America
    2. Europe
    3. Asia Pacific
    4. Latin America
    5. CEMEA [Central Europe, Middle East, Africa] – This region will run additional competitions. See the schedule for more information.


Local application deadlines

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: Sunday, May 14, 2023
Finals will be held in person on Wednesday, June 14, 2023.

South Africa: Sunday, May 14, 2023

Kenya: Sunday, May 14, 2023
Regional application deadlines

Central Europe, Middle East, and Africa: Monday, May 22, 2023

Asia Pacific: Monday, May 29, 2023

Europe: Monday, June 5, 2023

Latin America and the Caribbean: Monday, June 12, 2023

North America: Monday, June 26, 2023
Global finalists announcement: Monday, August 21, 2023

Global finals: Tuesday, September 19, 2023

TechCrunch Disrupt, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA


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