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Strategic Partners:

Bird&BirdMasterCard AdvisorsPKO Bank Polski


Alior BankAccelpointCashless.plImpact
Scientific Patronage:

Wydział Prawa i Administracji UW

Alior BankAlior Bank

Bird & Bird is an international law firm and a world leader in advising on innovative projects in the area of finance, IT and new technologies, as well as in intellectual property protection. Currently, over 1,350 Bird & Bird lawyers provide services to clients in 29 offices in 20 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the United States and Australia, and coordinate advisory services in over 180 countries around the world.


The Warsaw Bird & Bird team consists of over 70 lawyers specialising in over 20 areas of law. Key industry rankings, such as Chambers Europe/Global, Legal 500 and IFLR 1000, recognise the Bird & Bird team in many areas every year. Bird & Bird advises clients from various industries and sectors of the economy, including financial, telecommunications, IT, internet, energy, aviation, automotive, sports, postal, biotechnology, pharmaceutical, e-commerce and State-owned companies.

In 2020, Bird & Bird was recognized as the best FinTech advisory firm in Poland by the prestigious international Chambers FinTech Legal ranking, and according to Legal 500 EMEA, it is the best law firm in the field of TMT. Additionally, the Warsaw Finance and Financial Regulation team has been repeatedly distinguished in many other international rankings.

Mastercard is a technology company in the global payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible.

Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

Working with Mastercard provides a layer of trust for Fintechs. We give start-ups and emerging brands support and assistance for every stage of their growth and transformation, from market entry to global expansion. In addition to technology, we believe that fostering a culture of innovation is critical to success. So, we hire talented people with curious minds and big ideas, and then help them cultivate innovation. We are also committed to working with developers and entrepreneurs, enabling advances in the payments ecosystem of the future.

Access to tools that will step up Fintechs’ game

At Mastercard, we understand that due to diversified Fintechs’ needs and areas of activity, one form of cooperation might be insufficient. This is why we take a comprehensive approach. We support young tech companies at every stage of their development, sharing our experience and technology, co-financing selected projects and helping Fintechs establish cooperation with trusted external partners. Within the Mastercard Accelerate platform, Fintechs can find the most suitable form of support tailored to their specific needs.

By leveraging our global payment processing network, we help Fintechs scale their business. This, next to the attractiveness of their offering, is a key factor of their international success.

As part of the Accelerate platform we offer our support in the following forms:

Start Path – a global startup program providing co-financing and expert support. 1.5k startups apply to it annually. So far, they have managed to obtain over $1.5 billion in funding.This, next to the attractiveness of their offering, is a key factor of their international success.

Fintech Express – provides a customized set of rules, relevant resources and services designed around Fintechs’ unique needs to grow at speed and expand internationally.

Engage – enables card issuers, retailers and IoT manufacturers to reach over 150 trusted technology partners. Such cooperation significantly accelerates the development of a given product or service. Companies that outsource technology are four times more likely to hit the market than those which use only in-house technology.

Developers – access to financial and payment API protocols. Currently, Mastercard offers 60 such APIs, including chatbot API and blockchain API. Using these platforms helps Fintechs enrich their services with payment innovations.

This way we help Fintechs unlock their potential, develop their solutions and thus shape the future of retail and finance with us.

PKO Bank Polski is the indisputable leader in the Polish banking sector. The Bank is the basic supplier of financial services for all segments of clients, having highest shares in the market of deposits, credit, lease and investment funds for natural persons.

Having over 9.46 million pay cards, the Bank is the largest issuer of debit and credit cards in Poland. Thanks to the development of digital tools, including IKO, which was activated almost 4.7 million times by the end of the first half of 2020, PKO Bank Polski has become the most mobile bank in Poland. The Capital Group companies reinforce the Bank’s strong position. PKO Bank Polski Brokerage House is the leader with respect to the number and the value of IPO and SPO transactions on the capital market.