xpate, the payments platform that prioritises simplicity, speed and user experience, has announced the start of a strategic partnership with Mastercard to further enhance its innovative payments services as a principal Mastercard participant.
As a principal member, xpate will work directly with Mastercard to enhance its xpate Stacks platform, offer its innovative solution to new clients, bolster its merchant acquiring portfolio, and take advantage of an extended range of products and services to strengthen its offering in the market.
The announcement follows a milestone year for xpate, with the fast-paced scale up taking growing its headcount six-fold from 15 to an impressive 90 in less than a year. Among the strategic hires are Viktorija Raizina as Head of Card Operations and Anna Zotova, as Chief Risk Officer.
The payments platform also plans to launch its app to bring new and existing customers the very latest in efficient, simple and speedy cross-border payment solutions.
Mike Shafro, CEO of xpate, commented on the development: “Our strategic partnership with Mastercard is an exciting milestone for the whole xpate team and further demonstrates the commitment to our vision of offering our customers a simplified and streamlined service. There are hardly bigger names in the fintech space than Mastercard and to be a part of this principal programme so early in our journey is testament to the hard work and talent of our unstoppable team.
“In addition, this will help to establish transparent and cost-effective pricing for merchant acquiring, and be flexible and robust in the delivering of merchant custom-tailored solutions that narrow the gap on convenient payments acceptance.
“We are looking forward to working closely with Mastercard and to bring innovative product developments to market in the coming months.”
Edoardo Volta, Head of Fintechs, UK & Ireland at Mastercard, said: “We are delighted to bring xpate on as a principal member, reflecting our commitment to supporting fintechs and using cross-collaboration to inspire growth across the industry. By utilising Mastercard’s industry expertise, global standards, and trusted solutions, xpate will bring further choice to the cross-border payments market.”