Terms and Conditions
Visa Innovation Program Greece, powered by Crowdpolicy
These Visa Innovation Program, powered by Crowdpolicy (“The Program”) Terms & Conditions (“Terms and Conditions”) constitute an agreement between You (“Program fintech”, “You” or “Your”) and Crowdpolicy Greece, with seat and registered address
In Greece, in Moschato, Grammou 82 Street / 18345 / Athens / Greece, (“Crowdpolicy”), and applies to Your participation in The Program running throughout 2019 – 2020 in Greece.
Article 1 – Organizer
The Program is organized by Crowdpolicy (‘Crowdpolicy” or the “Organizer”) for the territory of Greece and is supported by Visa Europe (“Visa”).
Article 2 – Purpose
The Program is an equity free innovation activity which main purpose is to identify and/or enhance fintech solutions that address pre-identified priority market wide opportunities and challenges related to the payments ecosystem in Greece. The Program is focused on the banking and payments industry and is anchored to the design thinking methodology of Visa.
The Program is aiming at accelerating fintech innovation with the desired outcome is expected to be Visa and/or Visa Clients engaging with fintech startups (“Program fintechs”) in search for solutions for industry wide challenges for the payment industry.
Subject to the Terms and Conditions set forth below the perspective Program fintechs will enter into The Program and after the end of the Program might be invited to discuss a pilot with Visa (or Visa Client/Greek members of the Visa payment scheme) – subject to additional agreement between Visa/Visa Client and the Program fintech. The Program fintech, however, acknowledges that such invitation to discuss a pilot with Visa or Visa Client is not guaranteed by agreeing to this Terms and Conditions as it shall be within the sole discretion of Visa or Visa Client.
By participating in the Program, the Program fintech acknowledges and agrees that future commercialization of a Product/Solution, which comes as an outcome of the Program, may lead to business cooperation with Visa. The Program fintechs will explore in good faith options to cooperate with Visa prior to entering into an agreement with a Visa member in relation to an alternative payment scheme.
Article 3 – Participation
3.1. Rules for participation
By participating in the Program, You acknowledge, accept, and agree to abide by all of the Terms and Conditions as set forth in this document. The present Terms and Conditions governing the Program are available on the web site at https://www.crowdpolicy.com/innovation-program/ (the “Website”) dedicated to the Program.
The Terms and Conditions may be amended at any time by the Organizer. In such cases, the Organizer shall publish the amended Terms and Conditions on the Website where You will be entitled to leave the Program within 7 days term as of the date of publishing of the amendment if you do not want to participate in the Program as a result of the amended Terms and Conditions. Provided that You do not express your desire to leave the Program within the said 7-day term, it shall be deemed that you have duly consented to the
3.2. Eligibility for participation
The Program is open to established fintech companies/teams with ready Products or at least Proof of concept (Products/Solutions), which address the Program’s market challenges (the Challenges). There is no nationality or residency requirement for participating in the Program.
Representations and Warranties
By participating in the Program, You represent, warrant and agree that You:
satisfy all of the eligibility requirements and criteria set forth in these Terms and Conditions;
are the original creator of the Products/Solutions;
are the sole owner of, or they have obtained all necessary and appropriate rights, licenses, and permissions to use, the Product/Solution and all content in and on the Product/Solution and their presentations;
the Product/Solution does not infringe or violate any Third-Party Rights, and none of Crowdpolicy or Visa Parties will infringe any Third-Party Rights when they copy, display, modify, transmit or otherwise use the Product/Solution in connection with the Program or in any other way contemplated herein;
the Product/Solution is not the subject of any actual or threatened litigation, claim, or dispute;
will deliver a non-confidential summary of the Products/Solutions, including how Products/Solutions have evolved during the course of the Program, which will be shared with Visa and Visa Clients. For avoidance of doubt, the summary shall not include technical details that could be considered trade secrets and instead could be at a level similar to marketing material;
if invited, will attend a demo day event, which is organized by the Organizer, where You shall present Your Products/Solutions to Visa and Visa Clients and such presentation will be a non-confidential summary of the Products/Solutions, which does not include any technical details that could be considered trade secrets and instead could be at a level similar to marketing material;
if invited by Visa, shall enter into good faith negotiations with Visa for further development and/or commercialization of the Products/Solutions prior to entering negotiations with any third party;
will consider in good faith any proposals made by Visa and/or Visa Clients to further develop, pilot, or otherwise commercialize Your Products/Solutions.
Article 4 – The Challenges
The Product/Solution should solve business challenges for one of the following areas within the payment landscape in Greece:
Challenge #1: Digital Economy
Challenge #2: Disrupt the Flow
Challenge #3: Cross-Border Economy
General applications for Future of Payments
Challenge #1: Digital Economy, Create a convenient customer experience for daily transactions!
Challenge #2: Disrupt the flow, new payment flows, domestic and cross-border
(C2C, C2B, B2B, C2G, B2G)
Challenge #3: Rethink Payments in the Retail Sector!
Challenge #4: General Application with sustainability focus
Article 5 – Program Phases and Timelines
Phase 1 – Application submission and invitation by the Organizer/Visa: – 1 August – 15 September
Phase 2 – Program Fintech review and selection process: 16 September – 23 September
Phase 3 – The Program Sessions and Design sprints: 25 September – 25 Feb 2020
Phase 4 – Demo Day (TBC) : End of July 2020 along with the 2nd Cohort
Phase 1- Open Call for the 2nd cohort to the startup ecosystem for Greece and Cyprus (TBC): 3 Feb – 25 Mar 2020.
Phase 2 – Selection Day (TBC): 10 April 2020
Phase 3 – 2nd Cohort – Design Sprints and Prototype Validation with Banks and Visa: April – July 2020
Phase 4 – Demo Day for the 2 cohorts together (TBC): end of July 2020
*The above timelines have been updated. The timelines above are indicative and the Organizer reserves the right to amend or modify the Program calendar if the circumstances require such changes. In such case, the amendment or modification of the Program will be published on the Website.
5.1. Phase 1: Applications’ submission and invitation process
To participate in the Program, fintechs must fill out the application form on the Website https://www.crowdpolicy.com/innovation-program/ or they might be directly invited by the Organizer/Visa. Only one application may be filed with respect to a relevant company. The Program fintechs are not required to pay any fee for the participation . Registering and submitting an application, or receiving a direct invitation for the Program does not mean that You will be invited or guaranteed the opportunity to participate in the Program in person.
The Organizer is not responsible for any malfunction of the Website or any late, lost, damaged, misdirected,incomplete, illegible, undeliverable, or destroyed applications due to system errors, failed, incomplete or garbled computer or other telecommunication transmission malfunctions, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or technical malfunction(s), which may limit Your ability to
5.2. Phase 2: Review of the Program fintech and Selection process
The applications shall be evaluated by a jury comprising of experts from Crowdpolicy and Visa (the “Selection Jury”). Any application that is submitted late, or that contains false or misleading information, shall be declared inadmissible, with the Organizer having no obligation to inform the concerned Program fintech of this fact. For avoidance of any doubt, the Organizer shall be required to notify only the selected Program fintechs for the outcome of their application. Consequently, if You do not receive any feedback on your application, it shall be deemed that you have not been included among the selected Program fintechs to participate into the next phase of the Program.
5.3. Phase 3: Selected Program fintechs enter the Program Sessions and Design Sprints
The Selection Board may select up to 5 startups on the basis of the following qualitative criteria:
the Candidates’ Product/Solution relevancy to the defined market challenges
the Product/Solution market novelty
the teams’ entrepreneurial spirit
there is a founder who will be in charge for driving the potential engagements with Visa/Visa Clients
The selected Program fintechs shall be granted the opportunity to participate in the Program sessions and Design Sprints in order to enhance, improve or modify their product/solution to address the defined market challenges. The decision of the Selection jury shall be deemed final. By being selected by the Selection jury and upon agreement to participate in the Program, each Program fintech shall make his team physically available to participate in the Program’s Sessions and Design Sprints.
By entering the Program the selected Program fintechs should sign NDA with the Organizer and comply with its constitutes.
5.4. Phase 4: Demo Day and End of the Program
If invited by Visa and Crowdpolicy, the Program Fintechs may attend a Demo Day to present the outcome of their participation in the Program and share best practises and lessons learned. They might be also invited to consider in good faith opportunities to further develop, pilot or otherwise commercialise their product/solution.
Article 6 – Intellectual Property
“Intellectual Property Rights” means ideas, inventions, discoveries, improvements, modifications, enhancements, trade secrets, designs, business models, software, derivatives, know-how, processes, methodologies, technical information, data, test results, information, concepts, and works of authorship, whether patentable or not and whether reduced to practice or not, and all related intellectual property, including, but not limited to, patents and patent applications (including but not limited to all reissues, continuations, continuations-in-part, revisions, extensions, divisionals, designs and reexaminations thereof), copyrights, mask works, trademarks, trade secrets, and other forms of intellectual property protection related thereto, including all applications, certifications and registrations therefore.
For the purposes of participation in the Program, all Candidates guarantee to the Organizer:
that the intellectual property rights contained in their applications legally exist, and that they undertake to carry out the necessary actions to maintain, and, if applicable, renew these rights, bearing any costs related to these actions;
that they hold all intellectual property rights and authorizations, allowing them to participate
that the content of the application does not infringe the rights of third parties, and that it is not the object of any claim or actions of infringement, invalidity, revocation, or recovery.
The intellectual property rights over the Program fintech Products/Solutions that exist or may arise as a result of the Program participation will remain solely within the Program fintech. For avoidance of any doubt, both the Organizer and Visa will claim no ownership over the intellectual property rights of Program fintech Products/Solutions.
Article 7 – Personal Data
Article 8 – Program fintech Independence and Conflict of Interest
The Organizer and Visa in no way interfere with how the Program fintechs manage their activities; no right over the content of the Product/Solution shall be transferred to the Organizer or Visa.
Article 9 – Program fintech Disqualification
You acknowledge and agree that subject to its sole discretion the Organizer shall be entitled to disqualify You from the Program if You (i) fail to satisfy any of the representations and warranties as per Article 3 Representations and Warranties, (ii) fail to satisfy any of the guarantees as per Article 6 Intellectual Property, (iii) fail to perform Your obligation to ensure the physically participation of Your team in the Program’s Sessions and Design Sprints or (iv) fail to perform any of Your obligations pursuant to the present Terms and Conditions. In the case of Program fintech Disqualification, the Organizer reserves the right to notify You by email stating the reason for Program fintech Disqualification.
Article 10 – Applicable Law and Dispute Resolution
Participation in the Program implies acceptance of the present Terms and Conditions without reservation or restriction. The applicable law to the present Terms and Conditions is the Greek law. All and any disputes arising out of or in connection with the present Terms and Conditions shall be finally settled by the competent courts in Athens, Attica – Greece.