We’ve only gone and won the first ever Visa Everywhere Initiative in the Middle East, a global program designed to encourage the development of the next big thing in payments.

Visa has always been part of the Qpal plan, and when the opportunity arose to get a ‘foot in the door’ by entering the initiative, we were buzzing. A couple of long nights putting together a fantastic proposal led Qpal to the grand final.

From over 190 applications, 13 finalists were selected to pitch on finals day. With one acceptance challenge winner and one overall winner chosen, Qpal won both.

Out of the box’ thinkers, Visa, held the final at HubZero, an immersive entertainment hub filled with state-of-the-art gaming experiences. The venue was transformed into a pitching palace ready for Qpal’s CEO, Craig Buchan to take centre stage and deliver a slick presentation that won the hearts and minds of the audience and the Visa judging panel.

Well, it was actually 50 thousand dollars, but it means as much to us as it did to Conor.

Jokes aside, the money wasn’t the main driver for Qpal entering the initiative. Visa is a world leader in payment solutions and arguably the most innovative company in our sector.

It was part of our long-term strategy to partner with Visa, and we’ve started our journey a little sooner than expected.

So you are probably thinking ‘What are the next steps?’

Collaboration to achieve greatness!

Our goal is to transform the payment landscape within the live events industry and remove cash transactions by rolling out Qpal’s mobile solution globally. By leveraging Visa’s knowledge, connections and technology API’s, we’ll be partnering at some of the largest live events in the UAE and further afield very soon.

Stay tuned to @QpalSocial channels for the latest updates on Qpal’s journey.