Visa Digital Commerce Everywhere Award

Signature Award European Enterprise Challenge 2018

 

Digital technologies have enabled individuals to connect to the global network, and with the growth of mobile devices we are only a tap away from streaming the latest content or ordering products from the other side of the world. At Visa we see this more than ever, as digital payments continue to drive innovation around the world.

 

Award Prize

Wherever you want to be, Visa helps you get there. Enter the first-ever European Everywhere Initiative for Students – VEI Student.
This gives the student start-ups participating in the 2018 European Enterprise Challenge the chance to win up to €1,000 and a one-day session in Visa’s Innovation Centre in London.
Winners will join a growing group of Visa Everywhere Alumni, having the opportunity to work with visa to develop their proposition, promote their success to the broader network of Visa partners and clients.

Our question to you is how can you use technology to transform consumer experiences?

In the now immortal words of Marc Andreessen, software is eating the world, and digital technologies are now playing a role in every part of our lives, from turning the lights on in the morning to preparing dinner at night.
However, we believe this is just the beginning, and there is still much more to come if you ask the right questions;
     •  If there is infinite shelf space online, how do you stand out from the crowd?
     •  When you can reach everyone in just a click, how do you reach your customers?
     •  When you have a super computer in your pocket, how do you access information?
     •  If payment was invisible, how do every day experiences change?
     •  With smart devices everywhere, how can you use voice or cameras to change the conversation?
There are still countless opportunities to transform our everyday experiences, from solving daily frustrations to creating wonderful new experiences, we are excited to see the solutions you can build to deliver digital commerce everywhere.
 

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation: Customers today expect businesses to seamlessly anticipate their needs as the world changes, with the application of better solutions that meet new requirements, unarticulated needs, or enhance existing needs.
  • Globalisation: Customers and businesses today operate in a global networked economy. Goods are made and sold all over the world, countries are closer to each other and goods, money and ideas can be exchanged faster and cheaper than ever before.
  • Consumer Control: Consumers today have taken complete control. They are connected, confident and curious. They care about cost, convenience and quality of their experience. They have the means to take more control of their behaviours and also their relationships with organisations – starting by taking advantage of the data they leave in their wake.

Examples:

     •  If there is infinite shelf space online, how do you stand out from the crowd?
     •  When you can reach everyone in just a click, how do you reach your customers?
     •  When you have a super computer in your pocket, how do you access information?
     •  If payment was invisible, how do every day experiences change?
     •  With smart devices everywhere, how can you use voice or cameras to change the conversation?

Read more about last year winners: Helping today’s young entrepreneurs to become tomorrow’s business leaders

 

Judges 2018

Anthony Craufurd
Director Venture and Start Up Engagement


I have been at Visa for over 5 years doing everything from installing hard drives in a data center to running pilots for new solutions. I now lead our Venture program, sharing our technology and experience with early stage companies and investing in companies disrupting the payments ecosystem

Juris Paegle
Country Lead, Baltics


I have joined VISA in 2018 after 18 years in Banking industry leading Cash management sales and product development units in Nordea Baltic region. During this period I have been also responsible for development and sales of various E-banking and payment solutions in Poland and Russia. Today I’m a Country lead for Baltics in VISA focusing on local relationships and customer engagement.

Simon Lockwood
Senior Business Development Manager, Nordics and Baltics

I have worked at Visa for nearly 5 years after being in banking for nearly 15 years. I have worked in many areas in my time before Visa starting on a customer services helpdesk, through to developing propositions for one of the worlds largest banks.  At Visa I started in a technical sales role within our Digital department which allowed me to travel to the Nordics and gave me the opportunity to move to Stockholm. I now work to engage with the Fintech ecosystem to explore new opportunities and to promote Visa’s capabilities.

 

 

"We have entered a world in which connectivity and commerce are not just available but expected. In today’s connected world, change is ever present and presents challenges and opportunities to the businesses within it. It was interesting to see the innovations, solutions and insight that the EEC17 start-up finalists came up with last year”

Vesa Tukonen, Country Manager, Finland & Baltics, Visa

 

“Visa is committed to helping and empowering young people and entrepreneurs. To this end we have a long standing track record of supporting entrepreneurial education with JA Europe. EEC17 in Helsinki gave us a fabulous opportunity to hear from the young start-ups and talented entrepreneurs from across Europe who are helping to shape a culture of innovation”

Anthony Craufurd, Director, Venture, Visa

 

         
             
        
             

 

 

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