Nest, Visa to host fintech bootcamp in Nairobi


Early stage venture capital (VC) firm and innovation incubator Nest has partnered Visa to host an intensive four day fintech bootcamp, aimed at accelerating fintech innovation across Africa.

The Visa Bootcamp aims to facilitate collaboration opportunities between early stage technology companies, Visa, and financial institutions from across Africa for potential integration.

Nest’s mentors will join representatives from Visa’s teams in Kenya, South Africa, the UAE and across the world, to coach startup selected for the bootcamp. Participants will also have the opportunity to work alongside leaders in the financial services industry, integrate with Visa APIs, access tools and Nest’s resources, to help scale their startup through Africa and beyond.

The Visa Bootcamp is designed to boost all early-stage fintech companies with a vision to revolutionise financial services for Africans; however financial inclusion and peer-to-peer or merchant payments are the key focus areas for this programme.

“We are very excited to be working with Visa to deliver this bootcamp in Nairobi. Our partnership with Visa signals Nest’s continued commitment to give African startups access to funding, mentorship and its global network,” said Aaron Fu, Nest’s managing partner for Africa.

“Through this partnership with Visa we will together be equipped to offer stronger tangible tools to entrepreneurs, both from Africa and around the world, who want to make a difference to banking and payments for people and businesses across the continent. We will also be leveraging Nest’s global capabilities to elevate Visa Bootcamp participant’s start-ups and give them further opportunity to grow and scale.”

The bootcamp will be held at the newly launched Mettā space in Nairobi, beginning on March 24, and culminating in a Demo Day on March 27.

Applications are open here, until February 10.


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