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Yesterday, Visa’s executive vice president, innovation and strategic partnerships, Jim McCarthy, awarded 3 companies €25,000 with one being awarded the overall winner and securing a further €25,000 at this year’s Money 20/20 conference in Copenhagen. London-based company KOMPAS, using Artificial Intelligence to personalise the travel experience, was announced the overall winner, taking home a total of €50,000 in prize money.

With over 300 applications being whittled down to 15 to pitch in the final competition, the competition was fierce, making it difficult for the judges to come to an overall decision. The judges consisted of Visa’s senior directors and executives, as well as guest judges such as Erez Arahoni, ICC and Birte Quitt, Erste Group. To date, over 1,500 companies from all over the world have competed in the Visa Everywhere Initiative since it was launched in the United States in 2015.

The CEO and winner of the competition Tom Charman said: “I believe what made KOMPAS stand out from the other contestants, was both a combination of the technology we’re building, but also our ability to integrate with Visa services; providing a completely personalised experience for our end user”.

The Company was established in 2015, after the founding team realised that there was a huge opportunity in the market, believing that the market had lost touch with their customers, who were placing an increasing demand on tailored, and personalised experiences. Since then, they’ve got on to raise a round of angel investment, and have won multiple awards for their innovation in travel and technology, with all of the founding team recently being highlighted as ones to watch by startups.co.uk.

They intend to use the money they won in Copenhagen, to begin operations in new cities while running a pilot with Visa that looks into the personalisation of their customers. Their goal is to make it easier for the best of the city to get its moment in the sun, no matter the size, and advertising budget of the company in question. With Visa announcing an investment into Klarna, the team hopes that future similar opportunities may arise.

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KOMPAS is a dependable city exploration companion that uses smart algorithms to personalise content to each individual user based on their interests. We present relevant reviews and a hassle free way of getting around the city. You can customise your journey in a way that suits exactly what you want to do. Find unique, relevant and undiscovered locations in your own back yard. Street art, underground jazz bars and much more is just waiting to be found. We're able to scale in any city, in short, intense periods of time, by producing unique, relevant and unique content.