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Read up on all the latest happenings in the Lighthouse Development Program

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Lighthouse created a series of videos in order to help this year’s crew in promoting their companies and products across their media platforms. Now, each company have their own teasers - where they share their stories and more about their services.
Are you interested to know more about the 5 Swedish companies that are part of this year’s class? Then click in read more.


Introducing the Fall 2019 Lighthouse class

The 2019 fall marks Lighthouse’s expansion to Riga and its return to Stockholm and Helsinki. Swedbank, SEB, and OP Bank will join Mastercard and NFT in working with 15 fintechs sourced from the Nordics and Baltics. “We received hundreds of applications and inquiries from all around Europe,” Lighthouse Director, Jay Jensen, said. “With that data in mind, I can say that the quality of fintechs coming out of this region is perhaps the highest in the continent, and we are thrilled to see more companies applying each year.”


Pushing the boundary through partnerships

Zliide was founded with the vision to revolutionize the fashion retail industry. With hardware as a core component of the product, the journey wasn’t an easy one. Fast forwarding some rough periods of starting up a new business, we are now looking at an exciting, bright future of becoming one of the leaders in reshaping the fashion industry for good!


Another one in the books

The second Lighthouse batch ended in Amsterdam at Money 20/20. Eeach of our finalists received valuable exposure by making their final pitches on stage where Zliide was announced as the Lighthouse Program winner. After the thrill and excitement setting in, we reflected our journey of working with 15 of the best fintech companies in Denmark, Estonia, and Norway.


Learn more about Norwegian finalist and their AI technology that is changing the way we invest.

meet the finalists: wallester

Learn more about Estonian finalist Wallester and why they think card issuing is a space that can be innovated.


Learn more about Danish finalist Zliide and the exciting work they are doing to revolutionise the retail shopping experience.


Meet the finalists from the Lighthouse Development Program batch #2

Mastercard and NFT Ventures, with input from program partners, have selected three finalists to continue the program. The finalists--selected for their team strength, product innovation, execution feasibility, and partnership potential--will join Mastercard as special guests at Money 20/20 in Amsterdam.


Lighthouse Program heading to Tallinn and Latitude 59

In order to stimulate even more fintech-fintech collaboration and for our partner banks to meet the fintech’s outside of their local class, we decided to bring everybody together for an action packed day that is workshop 3, followed by participation in Latitude59, the leading startup events in the Baltic region.


Meet our partners: Danske Bank

During our first workshop in Copenhagen, we sat down with Morten Schwaner, Head of Card and Mobile Payments at Danske Bank, to understand their views on fintech innovation and the new partnership with Mastercard.


Introducing the Lighthouse class of 2019

Today we announce 15 companies that will join the spring 2019 Lighthouse edition in Copenhagen, Oslo, and Tallinn. Each company has been chosen because they have proven that they are building solutions that are innovative, scalable, and most importantly, impactful.


Meet our partners: DNB

Today we are beyond excited to announce our new partnership with DNB as our official banking partner in Norway. In order to know more about DNB’s strong market position, commitments to the fintech community and ambition to lead the regional fintech innovation, we interviewed Petter Lee-Johannessen, Head of the Strategic Partnership Unit at DNB.


Meet our partners: SEB

Lighthouse Development Program is thrilled to announce our continuous partnership with SEB as the official banking partner in the Baltics. In a chilling winter afternoon, we sat down with Siim Lepisk, Innovation Manager in Baltic Strategy and Customer Insights at SEB, to understand their ambition and strategies to become the fintech innovation leader across the Baltic region.


Lighthouse Kicks off 2019 in Tallinn

This week we officially kick off the new Lighthouse Development Program spring 2019 with an afterwork introduction event on Wednesday at SEB Innovation Center in Tallinn.



When we kicked off Enfuce back in June of 2016 the driving force was to make something awesome, a company that delivers services better, faster and cheaper than the incumbent players. The possibility to participate in the Lighthouse development program was a great strategic step for us.

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slush event- finding fintech

Every year Slush brings over 20,000 people to Helsinki in the midst of the harsh winter climate to celebrate the newest innovations in tech. This year at Slush, fintech was highlighted more than ever before and our team was enthused to host the first ever Slush official side-event focused on finance- FINDING FINTECH.


lightouse finalists announced

The first series of workshops in the Lighthouse Development Program have concluded; a total of 15 startups, went through 6 workshops, in 3 cities, that brought together over 100 participants to explore opportunities for collaborative innovation.



As a way to celebrate the progress of the participating companies, we hosted open afterwork events following the second workshops. To offer more insight into what is happening in Nordic and Baltic fintech Susanne Hannestad presented her recently published 2018 Fintech Disruptor’s Report.



Coming into week 37 was a mixture of pure excitement and nervousness— like that feeling before the first day of a new school year. In June, we announced Lighthouse at Money 20/20, during the summer we spoke with hundreds of amazing startups, and September 10 marked the beginning of our program with a class of 15 exciting Fintech’s.

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Mastercard  and NFT Ventures today announced the final 15 participants that will take part in the Lighthouse Development Program 2018. The collaboration between Mastercard and NFT Ventures was created with the purpose of finding and helping develop the next-generation of fintech in the Nordic and Baltic region. Participating companies will receive tailored support and advice adapted to their unique innovations through a series of hands on workshops.



On June 5th Mastercard and NFT Ventures hosted a meetup following the events at Money 20/20 in Amsterdam. Fintech companies, banks, and regulators gathered at the beautiful TQ coworking space to discuss trends in Nordic and Baltic Fintech.

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It's Official...

Mastercard and NFT Ventures have started working together to explore how to make a bigger impact on the Nordic and Baltic Fintech communities. After scanning the market and seeing what others were doing, we began to see a noticeable void.