Visa Inclusive Fintech Accelerator

Through this partnership, Plug and Play Tech Center and Visa aim to provide an inclusive platform that addresses the unique challenges faced by diverse founders in the tech industry.

The Inclusive Fintech Accelerator will offer selected founders access to Visa’s internal resources, mentorship, and customized support from industry experts, with the addition of networking opportunities from Plug and Play’s ecosystem and customized programming. Participants will have the opportunity to collaborate closely with Visa executives, tapping into their deep knowledge of the payments and financial technology sectors.

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“At Visa, we believe that diversity drives innovation and progress. And that by uplifting diverse founders, the communities we live and work in can better thrive.
We are excited to partner with Plug and Play to launch the Inclusive Fintech Accelerator to support and uplift diverse founders.”

Vanessa Colella
Global Head of Innovation & Digital Partnerships, Visa

Visa and Plug and Play

We have partnered to launch an Inclusive Fintech Accelerator to advance diverse founders in the fintech industry. The accelerator program will run for a total of eight months. Visa’s team has hand-crafted a curriculum which will cover basic foundational knowledge of payments, building a successful card program, and tips and tricks on how to succeed and integrate into the Visa ecosystem. 

To qualify for this accelerator you must achieve the following:

  • Based in North America (including Canada)
  • Be a CEO/Co-Founder of a fintech startup that identifies as any of the following:
    • African
    • African-American
    • Asian
    • Black
    • Hispanic
    • Latinx
    • Middle Eastern
    • Native American
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
    • Women
    • LGBTQIA+
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“We are thrilled to partner with Visa to launch this internal Inclusive Fintech Accelerator.
By combining our resources, expertise, and global networks, we can create an environment that fosters the growth and success of diverse founders in the tech industry. We believe that diversity drives innovation, and this program is a significant step towards creating a more inclusive ecosystem worldwide.”

Saeed Amidi
Founder and CEO, Plug and Play Tech Center


The Visa Inclusive Fintech Accelerator is no longer accepting applications for this cohort.

Key Dates

  • Sept. 12, 2023
    Application Window Opens
  • Sept. 29, 2023
    Application Window Closes
  • Nov. 6, 2023
    Startups Selected for accelerator
  • Dec. 5, 2023
    Accelerator Launch at December Summit
  • June 11, 2024
    Inclusive Fintech Accelerator Graduation

Our Focus Areas:

  • Money Movement
      Business-to-Business and Cross-Border payment platforms
  • Consumer Banking and Lending
     Digital first banking solutions and alternative lending solutions typically focused on underserved demographics
  • Buy Now, Pay Later
      Short-term financing platforms
  • Commerce Enablers
      eComm, marketplaces, payment acceptance, loyalty platforms, checkout solutions
  • Social and Creator
      Platforms dedicated to the facilitation of payments in the creator economy
  • Gaming
      Gaming monetization platforms
  • CFO Suite
      Solutions for businesses to manage and automate their finances. Payroll/HR, Business banking, Business lending, billing, AR/AP, and spend management
  • Risk and Identity
      KYC, ID Verification, Identity storage & authorization solutions

Please reach out to our Head of DE&I Dominique Reese for an invite: