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Why Lighthouse

As a technology-first company built around a strong network of partners, Mastercard understands how important partnerships are for growth. Likewise, NFT Ventures has invested in almost 50 fintechs because it believes growth is best achieved with support from external stakeholders.

By building the Lighthouse Development Program, Mastercard and NFT seek to put their partnership values into practice. Pairing the energy and innovation of fintechs with the stability and distribution at large corporates, we believe we can strengthen the entire ecosystem, increasing the size of the industry we all share.

“It is very important that growing fintechs have the chance to get closer to an international player like Mastercard and investor like NFT Ventures. The Lighthouse Development Program creates opportunities for collaboration, future partnerships and quality networking, rather than yet another pitching contest.”

— Timo Keihag, Founder of Rezeet

Lighthouse values

Stronger together. We believe that fast-moving fintechs are uniquely positioned to complement the stable distribution of established players.

Time is valuable. We respect our participants’ time. The program strives to minimize travel and maximize the value of the in-person workshops.

Results matter. We measure ourselves on the percent of partnerships produced by the program. Last year, our success rate was 73%.

Generosity works. Giving gives us energy and powers partnership success. We challenge ourselves to give each day without seeking immediate returns.

Do well by doing good. We believe scalable solutions for sustinable and inclusive growth create a more secure future for everyone. Our program activley seeks out and supports fintechs working on these initiatives.