Visa Europe Collab opens hub in Germany

LONDON | Visa Europe Collab and Roland Berger Strategy Consultants are opening a digital innovation hub in Berlin-Kreuzberg in Autumn 2015. The joint venture brings together corporates, experts and start-ups to develop and support digital innovations as well as business models and enables cross-industry knowledge transfer.

Visa Europe Collab Berlin

The 'Visa Europe Collab Berlin' represents the continuing expansion of the payments business’s innovation centres, the third to be opened following launches in  London and Tel Aviv earlier this year. 

Visa Europe Collab and its partners from across the digital and fintech ecosystem offer start-ups and technology entrepreneurs tools, expertise and connections to enable them to develop technologies and services which will change the way people interact with payments. One idea from Visa Europe Collab London, recently delivered as a successful proof of concept, saw the creation of a contactless charity donation tin to test the viability of contactless payments to grow charitable giving.

The 'Collab' provides different formats such as start-up pitches, networking events, coaching sessions, co-working spaces and the programming or building of prototypes or testing of business models. Both partners contribute their perspectives as service providers and consultants, their expertise of the payment industry and the consulting business as well as their wide-ranging networks. 

Key to innovation is collaboration

“What is special about the digital hub is that it links large companies, start-ups and experts from across industries in a spirit of partnership,” said Charles-Edouard Bouée, CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. The hub is open to all industries from all countries, Europe in particular. “Hub participants take the new knowledge back into their companies and use it to advance their digital transformation.

“The key to innovation is collaboration,” said Dr Steve Perry, founder and co-creator of Visa Europe Collab. “We want to give Germany’s most innovative companies access to a lively exchange with a community of like-minded organisations – from the smallest start-ups to our member banks – for the greater benefit of the whole community and ultimately, the consumer.“

About Visa Europe Collab

Operating out of London’s Tech City, Tel Aviv and Berlin, Visa Europe Collab brings together an international community of partners and innovators, to identify the most exciting new ideas in payments, and help develop them into commercial reality. Through the Visa Europe team, Visa helps them roll out their services to Visa's network of banks, retailers and consumers across Europe. Click here for more news on Visa Europe Collab.


Sourced from Press Release by Visa Europe, July 6th, 2015

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