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Mastercard and NFT Ventures sponsor two Lighthouse sessions each year. These two companies bring in partner banks and advisors to increase the value of the program to startups.

Mastercard built its business success on a base of strong technology and strong partnerships. The Lighthouse Program is one of the ways that Mastercard scouts new technology for itself and its partners. If Mastercard can help its bank partners adopt new technology and stay relevant, then all parties win. Similarly, NFT is looking to strengthen the Northern European fintech ecosystem while scouting companies for potential investments.


Applications are open from 22nd November. Click here to go to the application form

Startups that operate within the Nordics and Baltics or are looking to enter those markets. Spring 2020 workshops will take place in Oslo, Copenhagen and Tallinn.

We are looking for companies with established proof of concept and market fit. We give priority to startups with paying customers or revenue-generating users.

Fill out our soft application here.

The Lighthouse team will review your submission and announce finalists by Mid-February 2020.


Lighthouse runs from February to June and consists of three in-person workshops with continuous, remote support. Most companies will dedicate four total days of in-person participation over the five months of the program. Three finalists companies will be invited to a two day, all expenses paid experience Slush, and the program winner will receive an all expense paid trip to Mastercard’s StartPath Pitch Day in New York.

By participating in Lighthouse you become part of our alumni network, which remains active through ongoing communication and meetups.

Yes, the fintech that makes the biggest partnership strides will be determined the overall winner. Our evaluation takes also in consideration innovation, feasibility and impact of the company and service. Past winners typically sign commercial agreements with multiple Lighthouse program members: Mastercard, Tier 1 banks and other fintechs.

No, Lighthouse is completely free of charge to the participating companies. While NFT Ventures and other professional investors attend the workshops, fintechs are never obligated to accept funding or dilute their equity position.

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