Fintech start-up Payoneer is partnering with Mastercard ahead of a $ 3 billion public offering

Payoneer, a digital payments company, is partnering with Mastercard to bring a digital payment card to small businesses.

With the Payoneer Digital Purchasing Mastercard, customers of the company can shop around the world, connect to mobile wallets and digitally access multiple cards to optimize business costs, e.g. B. Advertising services from Google, Facebook and Amazon.

“Small businesses are free to choose how to pay and be paid, and have instant access to the money they earn. This is critical as the demand for digital payments continues to grow,” said Sherri Haymond, executive vice president of digital partnerships Mastercard, across from CNBC.

The Payoneer-Mastercard deal comes amid an unprecedented surge in demand for contactless and digital payment solutions during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has benefited tech giants like Apple, as well as fintech companies like Square and PayPal.

There are more than 5 million users on the Payoneer platform, and the company works with more than 150 different currencies and specializes in cross-border payments. Airbnb, Amazon, Google and the freelance job platform Upwork are among their corporate customers as well as millions of independent contractors and small businesses.

Listed on both the 2017 and 2018 CNBC Disruptor 50 lists, Payoneer was founded in 2005 by Yuval Tal, an Israeli entrepreneur who has founded other tech and e-commerce payment companies. Scott Galit joined Mastercard as CEO in 2010 after more than two years.

In July of last year, JPMorgan Chase partnered with Bay Area start-up Marqeta to bring exclusively digital credit cards to market. Marqeta, 33 on CNBC Disruptor 50 last year, makes the technology available to companies like DoorDash and Instacart, whose Gig Economy employees use these “virtual” cards in the delivery process. Square uses Marqeta for a virtual and physical debit card launched through Square Cash.

Payoneer’s new digital shopping card is currently only issued for US dollar transactions and is limited in scope. A broader rollout is planned for the second half of 2021.

Last month, New York City-based Payoneer announced plans to go public by partnering with Bancorp founder Betsy Cohen’s SPAC, FTAC Olympus Acquisition Corp. This transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2021 and values ​​Payoneer at $ 3.3 billion.

SoFi, another fintech firm that ranked 8th on CNBC Disruptor 50 last year, recently announced a deal that will go public through a reverse merger with Chamath Palihapitiyas SPAC, Social Capital Hedosophia Corp V should.

Correction: This story has been revised to take into account that the new Payoneer partnership with Mastercard is for a purchase card. In an earlier version of this story, the card type was identified incorrectly.

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