Connect with us

Business

Pagero to expand businesses access to digital payments

Published

on

Mastercard and Pagero partner to expand businesses access to digital payments
Pagero’s platform and their global network reaches more than 14 million businesses across the globe

Mastercard and Pagero has announced this week the integration of Mastercard’s Cross-Border Services offering Pagero’s business customers access to fast, transparent, and convenient cross-border and domestic payments.

Pagero, based out of Sweden, provides a global business network connecting buyers and suppliers to simplify purchase-to-pay and order-to-cash processes through digital communication. More than 90 thousand businesses are directly connected to Pagero’s platform and their global network reaches more than 14 million businesses across the globe. By integrating with Mastercard´s Cross-Border Services, Pagero will now support account-based cross-border and domestic payments, significantly scaling the connectivity of its payments offering to better align with the reach of its global network.

Businesses will benefit from upfront transparency around delivery timing, foreign exchange rates, costs as well as visibility into payment status in real-time. Payment delivery is near real-time or same day to most countries and currencies. The solution will be rolled out in a phased manner with more corridors and features available over time.

“Together, Mastercard and Pagero are making cross-border business-to-business payments digital, simple and accessible for businesses, enabling them to focus on growing their core business domestically and internationally”, says Danesh Etemadi, Chief Business Area Officer at Pagero.

“We are excited to partner with Pagero with our joint offering and help businesses thrive in the digital economy. By connecting Pagero’s platform to our global network their customers will get access to seamless cross-border and domestic payments underpinned by the reliability of the Mastercard network”, says Erik Gutwasser, Division President, Nordics and Baltics at Mastercard.

Cross-Border Services is part of Mastercard’s range of international money transfer solutions. Participating financial institutions can offer their customers international payments to over 180 markets, including a global payout network of over 150 currencies and 2.5 billion payment cards, with access to more than 95% of the world’s banked population.

“Pagero and Mastercard have spent some time combining our joint knowledge of expertise within the payment space and I am very excited to see the result. I look forward to this launch and a more digital and seamless business payment landscape”, says Jonas Edlund, Corporate Sponsor and co-founder of Pagero.

EuroNewsweek is a dynamic news platform featuring lifestyle, sustainability, successful stories, tech, leadership, creative marketing, business, and the unstoppable people behind them.

Business

Startups seeking funding will pitch on Leap Day in freezing temperatures

Published

on

A competitor training in a ice role ahead of the Polar Bear Pitching event
Aura Pyykönen, from Natal Mind: cold enthusiast will be pitching her startup in Oulu this week

Whatever you are doing with your extra day this leap year probably isn’t as cold as the challenge some startups from around the world are facing in Finland: participating in a competition by pitching from an ice hole this February 29th.

The Polar Bear Pitching, hosted in Oulu, a city 600Km from Helsinki, has attracted startups from as far as Japan and Kazakhstan to pitch for a chance to secure investors and win a €10,000 prize. Finnish startups and businesses from Norway and Iceland will also be joining the contest today.

“We are currently raising our first seed round and entered the Polar Bear Pitching contest as an impactful way to express the vision and mission of our venture to potential investors in Europe,” says Sajjad Kamal Shuvro, a Bangladeshi who has been living in Japan for 7 years now. He is the co-founder of Floatmeal, a He is the co-founder of Floatmeal, a company that uses technology to produce the next-generation plant-based superfoods.

Oulu is one of the world’s leading concentrations in the health and wellness industry. Obstetrician and gynaecologist Aura Pyykönen will be competing at the Polar Bear Pitching for the first time on behalf of her own startup, an AI-powered birth coaching program based on the Nordic method designed for pregnant women and their partners.

“We thought pitching at the Polar Bear Pitching will be absolutely cool and great way to get visibility for Natal Mind, a redesigned perinatal journey for a calmer mind  and improved birth outcomes,” says Pyykönen who is a cold enthusiast and has been training ahead of the event.

The last time Polar Bear Pitching took place as an in-person event, in Oulu, was in 2019. For 2024 the program includes an IceTech Summit exploring topics such as artificial intelligence and printed electronics.

For those who are not in Finland or didn’t manage to secure a ticket to watch the Polar Bear Pitching in Oulu, the event will be broadcast from 6 PM  Eastern European Time (EET) on www.polarbearpitching.com.

Continue Reading

Business

Birmingham joins global network of design and digital consultancies

Published

on

Representatives of the Design Factory Birmingham
Based at Aston University, expertise in areas such as 3D printing will be shared to boost the local economy

Birmingham has become the latest city to join a global network of design and digital consultancies set up to solve real world challenges through effective problem-solving.

Design Factory Birmingham will be based at Aston University, one of just two hubs in the UK outside of London.

The city has officially joined the Design Factory Global Network earlier this month. As a result, businesses, industry partners, entrepreneurs, staff and students will be able to collaborate on projects that will involve technologies such as 3D printers and design software.

The University will be sharing its expertise in artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, data science and web, app and graphic design to boost the local economy.

Currently there are 39 innovation hubs in 25 countries across five continents based in universities and research organisations.

The Design Factory will include a space named after the late Dame Margaret Weston, former director of the Science Museum. Dame Margaret had studied electrical engineering at one of Aston University’s predecessor institutions and went on to be the first woman appointed to lead a national museum. She left a generous gift to Aston University in her will, which will be commemorated in the Birmingham Design Factory in honour of her engineering background.

“The Design Factory Birmingham is another key milestone in our ambition to be a leader in science, technology, and innovation, driving socio-economic transformation in our city and region.  It is important to the Midlands because it will make a direct contribution to innovation led growth in partnership with industry and businesses.  However, this is not only a local launch but also a global launch as Design Factory Birmingham is a global innovation hub, and an integral part of the Design Factory Global Network involving 39 innovation hubs around the world,” says The Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive of Aston University, Professor Aleks Subic. 

“Shared understanding and common ways of working enable Design Factories in the network to collaborate efficiently across cultures, time zones and organisational boundaries fostering radical innovations,” says the head of the Design Factory Global Network Felipe Gárate from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland who attended the official launch in Birmingham, UK.

There are 39 Design Factory hubs around the world with three of them being based in the UK.

As a member of the global network the Birmingham Design Factory at Aston University will participate in two global design challenges – one run by McDonalds and the other run by the Ford Motor Company.

Continue Reading

Business

Energy Storage Summit gathers global experts in London

Published

on

Energy Storage Summit gathers global experts in London
UK minister of state for climate change and energy Graham Stuart was one of the key speakers at the Energy Storage Summit | Photo: David Stanley-Tate

Nearly 1,000 experts and leaders in the global energy storage industry gathered in Hammersmith,  London this week to attend the 9th Energy Storage Summit 2024.

The event, one of Europe’s largest networking events for the energy storage sector, hosted over a thousand delegates from across the globe.

The line up of speakers included Nick Winser,  commissioner at the National Infrastructure Commission; Doriana Forleo Executive Director at Energy Storage Coalition, and UK minister of state for climate change and energy Graham Stuart.

According to analysts, by 2030 the global cumulative installed capacity for energy storage will have reached 1,420 GWh, with large-scale development of storage power stations from 0.1 GWh to 1 GWh and then to 10 GWh becoming an inevitable trend. However, such expansion will bring with it challenges in cost efficiency, safety and operation and maintenance complexity, making the need for advanced storage technology and design more urgent.

Continue Reading

Trending