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Monese and Mastercard launch strategic European partnership

Monese and Mastercard partnership will deliver better local banking experiences to underserved consumers across Europe

Strong momentum in 2020 with delivery of new European IBANs and cash top-up network

London, 19 October 2020,  – Today, Mastercard and Monese, the European banking service provider, announced a new multi-year strategic partnership to further enhance local banking services for the underserved across Europe, with Monese becoming a principal Mastercard issuer.

With its multi-currency accounts that are available in 31 countries, Monese’s new partnership with Mastercard provides its customers access to Mastercard’s global acceptance network, allowing them to spend at the millions of locations worldwide at which Mastercard is accepted.

Monese and Mastercard are closely aligned in their commitment to financial inclusion. Many of Monese’s customers are working in the gig economy, are self-employed, or living in a different European country to that in which they were born, and are not therefore well served by mainstream banks.  The two companies aim to ensure that these consumers have access to banking services and electronic payments which may otherwise be difficult or impossible for them to access.

Under this partnership, the two companies will deliver industry leading card functionality and innovative payments features within the Monese app to meet the rapidly developing needs of underserved consumers across Europe.

The partnership supports Monese’s commitment to provide a more localised product offering to consumers across existing European markets, as well as the strengthening its core product offering and capabilities.

Monese Founder and CEO Norris Koppel said: “We’re excited to announce this partnership with Mastercard today and build on our long and successful relationship. This significant deal further develops an ambitious localisation strategy we have been pursuing for a number of years and positions us well for the next stage of our growth in the UK and European markets.  We are committed to delivering more local experiences for our customers across multiple European markets, as well as making it easier for those who have previously been underserved by traditional banks to manage their money.  We are delighted to have partners such as Mastercard who are aligned to this vision. ”

Mastercard’s European President, Mark Barnett added “Mastercard has an ongoing commitment to bringing the underserved into the digital and financial economy and to that end we are delighted to be the partner of choice of partners like Monese. As we build on our partnership, we look forward to bringing more people into the financial system as Monese continues to increase its presence and offering across Europe.”

So far this year, Monese has launched two new local country-IBANs and a cash top-up capability in multiple European markets, critical account functionalities that provide its European customers with a multi-product feature local banking experience. In July, Monese became the first European neobank to offer French IBANs to its customers. Local IBANs make it easy for customers in these countries to do local transactions, such as receiving their salaries directly into their Monese accounts, as foreign IBANs are not always accepted by employers.

In July 2020, Monese more than doubled its cash top-up network by launching thousands of new locations in Europe via a partnership with Paysafe. Cash top-up functionality is another key element that customers expect from their primary account. Together with Monese’s Post Office and PayPoint partnerships in the UK, Monese has created one of the largest cash networks in Europe which enables Monese customers to top up cash at over 87,000 locations.

The company now has one of the largest ranges of local IBANs and cash loading capabilities in Europe and intends to launch additional IBANs in Europe in the coming months.


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About Monese

Monese,, is a European banking service that provides localised app-based accounts. It was launched in 2015 by Norris Koppel, after his Monese’s multi-currency accounts are available in 31 countries across the UK and Europe. Follow us on Twitter @Monese and find out more on our blog.


About Mastercard (NYSE: MA), Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

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