PAYMENTS platform ImageNPay is partnering with students in Ecuador in order to promote greater sustainability within the global banking sector.
The UK-based fintech company – which launched the world’s first personalised virtual Mastercard on Apple Pay – has announced a digital intern program in conjunction with the University of San Francisco Quito in South America.
ImageNPay founder Michael Donald says that interns will receive mentoring support from MasterCard – and the program will see some of the world’s brightest young talent contributing ideas for biodiversity projects.
Michael, a former Chief Commercial Officer of MBNA, said: “The program centres around our core values of financial inclusion, education, sustainability, innovation through exploration, and diversity. Running the program on the other side of the world seemed a natural fit for us and I know that the students will contribute great support for biodiversity projects across the region.”
Scott Abrahams, Senior Vice President, Business Development and Fintech at MasterCard UK & Ireland said: “I am thrilled to be a mentor on the intern programme and developing the pipeline of future talent in the industry.”
The ImageNPay Digital Wallet – which is available on Apple Pay – is the world’s first payment system that enables users to personalise a virtual payment card with bespoke images and designs that appear in their Apple Wallet.
Images available on virtual cards include an array of stunning wildlife photography (see tiger image) and designs that support charities and good causes.
The ImageNPay platform aims to rid the world of plastic payment cards, of which there are around 22 billion worldwide, with around seven billion being re-issued every year. Most are made from unrecyclable PVC plastic.
The international intern program follows the success of ImageNPay’s 2020 digital intern scheme, for which the company took on graduates from all over the UK to work remotely. In 2021 the international interns will focus on five key areas: Sustainability, Financial Education, Media & Creative Content, Innovation & New Technologies, and Loyalty in FinTech.