Founded in 2002 by entrepreneur Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch disrupted Nigeria’s traditional cash-driven payments system, introducing electronic payments processing and switching services to the market.
Despite the existence of other e-payment services that had received operating licenses 6 years before Interswitch was established, Interswitch became Nigeria’s first e-payment service to be connected to all banks.
The fintech powers much of the rails for Nigeria’s online banking system and is well known for its point-of-sale terminals
Interswitch operates two flagship brands, Verve, a debit card scheme operating across Africa, and Quickteller, a popular multichannel consumer and business payments platform.
The fintech also maintains an inclusive culture and is gender-balanced across the business, with women making up approximately 40% of employees across Africa, and 38% of the management team.
Amidst conversations about the proliferation of fintech companies in Nigeria and Africa, Interswitch is strengthening its pan-African expansion strategy which includes acquiring new customers and expanding financial inclusion on the continent
At last count, Africa had 350 million unbanked adults and recent data from the Global System for Mobile Communications (GSMA) shows that 70% of the world’s $1 trillion mobile money market is in Africa.
“The evolution of fintech in Nigeria and the broader sub-Saharan region has been driven by the need to solve challenges and barriers that exist within the traditional financial system,” said Mitchell Elegbe, Interswitch Group CEO.
“Interswitch was born from the need to develop solutions that match the unique needs of local customers and merchants.”
The fintech aims to access new customers across the continent, innovate with new products and services, and support its financial inclusion strategy.