Beyond Plastic: Off the rack, On the road
Following the success of Beyond Plastic: Exploring the future of Payments last year, we are back with the follow up event; Off the rack, On the road; exploring the future of payments in retail and transport.
We invite you to apply to join us at City University London over the weekend of the 23rd – 25th October for a packed weekend of ideas, innovation and entrepreneurship.
What’s it all about?
We're looking for super bright, individuals and teams who want to compete for the chance to take their idea from conception to a fully functioning prototype.
Whether you're an early stage start-up looking to make your mark in the fin-tech world, or an individual with a disruptive idea for the next big thing, we want to hear from you.
How does it work?
To apply for a place simply register as a team, or as an individual, and complete the registration form by Sunday 18th of October. Please note that teams with 6 people or fewer maybe asked to have other applicants join their team.
Successful applicants will be informed by the 20th October and invited to attend the kick-off briefing session with Visa Europe on Friday 23rd October. This will be followed by a 2-day Design Jam at City University London!
What happens and when?
With help from industry experts and mentors we will guide you through the process from ideation and defining problems through to prototyping and pitching your ideas.
|Friday: 18.00 - 21.00||Introduction to the challenge and team formation|
|Saturday: 08.30 - 19.00||Understanding the problem, ideation, field research and prototyping|
|Sunday: 8.30 - 14.00||Pitching|
What are we looking for?
New innovations are launching almost every day:
- Digital wallets
- Mobile payments
- Virtual currencies
- And many more
We want you to focus on innovative solutions that help consumers pay for things without any hassle. The focus for this challenge is retail and transport so think omnichannel, think drones, think beyond plastic.
Why should you enter?
For the winning team:
In addition to providing £1000, Visa Europe Collab will provide exclusive access to experts and resources to jointly accelerate, scale and test your idea.
Other benefits for attending include:
- Meet and network with members of the Visa Europe Collab team
- Receive mentoring and advice from industry experts
- Get support from City University London to incubate your idea
- For the winning team, receive support and mentoring from Visa Europe Collab to turn your idea into a fully functioning prototype
We will also be providing lots of idea inducing coffee and snacks throughout the event!
What are you waiting for?
The clock is ticking; you only have until the 18th of October to submit your entry, what are you waiting for?!
If you still need inspiration check out the video from last year...
When & Where
CityStarters is a institution-wide initiative run by the City, University of London to inspire the next generation of student startups and make it the UK's best place for kick-ass student entrepreneurs.