Visa recognizes LGBTQ+ founders transforming the fintech industry – TechCrunch

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, Visa has opened the door to LGBTQ+-founded startups that are promoting greater accessibility in the way we pay, save, and invest. Finalists are now ready to showcase their solution worldwide on TechCrunch.

Tune in right here on TechCrunch on June 30th, 10:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM CT / 1:00 PM ET to watch five startup finalists go head-to-head in the Visa Everywhere Initiative LGBTQ+ special edition competition. Finalists will present their innovative solutions in front of a panel of industry judges who will select an overall winner and audience favorite.

Daniel BeckCEO, 401GO – a fully automated, low-cost retirement benefit for small businesses.

Natalia MikovaCo-founder and CMO, REINNO – bringing liquidity to commercial real estate

Rachel Knepp, Co-founder and SVP Growth, Mozaic – morn global payments for the Creator Economy and beyond

Evelyne KanakisFounder and CEO, Moxi – financial empowerment for the new generation of creators and freelancers

Fabien LamaisonFounder and CEO, bunny.money – a banking app for personal & workplace giving

Overall winner: $10,000 USD

Audience favorite: $10,000 USD

Rob Curtis, CEO and Co-founder, Daylight

Tiffany Johnson, Head of Product, Railsbank North America

Pocket Sun, Co-founder and Managing Partner, SoGal Ventures

Edward Galvin, VP and Head of B2B Commercial Sales, Visa Business Solutions, North America

Brittany Decker, Senior Account Executive and Head of BIN Sponsorship for Digital Partnerships, Visa

Alex Talati, Senior Manager, Visa’s Venture

The finals event will be hosted by Drew Lanni, Founder and GM of CDX Summit. Drew brings over 25 years of experience in the digital business economy and will share his learnings with the founders and audience throughout the event.

The Visa Everywhere Initiative LGBTQ+ special edition is a part of a larger series of competitions in the US focused on inclusivity. During Black History Month, four finalists competed in the finals for the Black Community special edition, which recognized SoLo Funds as the overall winner for redefining capital and banking for the everyday American, and Zimbali Networks won the audience favorite category for a Web3 fintech that offers Digital-Currency-as-a-Service. Then, in March, five finalists went head-to-head in the Women’s special edition competition, crowning SpenDebt as the overall winner and Physis Investment as the audience favorite.

Since its launch in 2015, over 8,500 startups have applied to compete. The Visa Everywhere Initiative has helped startups in more than 100 countries collectively raise more than $16 billion in funding, addressing one of the biggest challenges that entrepreneurs face in their startup years. Every year, Visa has expanded the Visa Everywhere Initiative to include unique startups solving unique problems in the world of payments. This year, they were diligently focused on reaching a more diverse group of innovators. In the US, the Visa Everywhere Initiative 2022 special editions will spotlight Black, Women and LGBTQ+-founded startups during Black History Month (February 2022), International Women’s Month (March 2022), and Pride Month (June 2022), respectively.

(Note: All of the finalists in the Visa Everywhere Initiative LGBTQ+ Special Edition competition are eligible to continue participating in additional Visa Everywhere Initiative competitions.)

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