Visa and Wave Join Forces to Improve Cash Flow Management for Small Businesses

April 18, 2019 at 7:00 AM EDT

Wave’s New Instant Payouts feature offers small businesses an expedited way to manage cash flow and merchant payments

SAN FRANCISCO & TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr. 18, 2019-- Visa (NYSE:V), and Wave, the financial platform for millions of small business owners, today announced a new, limited release payments solution that aims to transform the way small businesses manage their cash flow and provide merchants quicker access to funds. Utilizing Worldpay’s acquiring platform, Wave’s new Instant Payouts feature integrates Visa Direct, Visa’s real-time1 push payments solution, into Wave’s comprehensive small business financial platform, enabling faster access to money earned.

The ability to manage cash flow is critical to small businesses today, with 79% of surveyed respondents citing wanting faster settlement and 81% saying they would pay to have this benefit2. In addition, 85% of small business respondents say they would switch to a new merchant acquirer who offered real-time payments3. Through their work together, Visa is helping Wave solve for these needs using Visa Direct, so Wave can reduce settlement wait time by offering real-time deposits to their customers.

“Small businesses depend on cash flow to survive, and often have to wait two or more banking days for their payments to be processed through traditional banking methods,” said Les Whiting, Chief Financial Services Officer, Wave. “Our new Instant Payouts feature uses the scale that Visa provides and the nimbleness of Wave. As a growing fintech, we are making a meaningful impact on the way small businesses manage their money.”

“Visa and Wave share a common goal of providing small businesses more convenient ways to manage their back office, as we both understand that cash flow management and access to funds are crucial to small business growth and success,” said Bill Sheley, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Visa Direct, Visa.

Wave’s Instant Payouts feature is backed by the power and ubiquity of Visa’s network, which helps enable secure, convenient, real-time4 funds delivery directly to eligible Visa card holder account credentials. This new feature is part of a suite of complementary solutions that Wave offers to small business owners, and is fully integrated with the Payments by Wave experience.

By combining Wave’s streamlined invoicing and payment solutions for small businesses, Visa’s push payment technology and the power of Worldpay’s acquiring platform, Wave customers are able to receive money in real-time, even on evenings, weekends, and holidays. This is the first of many efficiencies that Visa and Wave will look to create for small business management in the future.

Instant Payouts is currently available to an early access group of Wave customers, with plans to be released to customers across North America in the coming months. For more information about Visa Direct, visit:

About Wave

Wave is an award-winning financial management software company that is changing how entrepreneurs make money, move money and track money. They provide solutions that empower small business owners to simplify their finances while giving them more confidence to run their businesses. The company has more than 3.7 million registered customers in over 200 countries around the world. Wave tracks more than $330 billion through its accounting, invoicing, payroll, recurring billing, and payments products. Visit to learn more about their products and services.

About Visa Inc.

Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network - enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit About Visa, and @VisaNews.

1 Actual fund availability depends on receiving financial institution and region. Visa requires fast-funds enabled issuers to make funds available to their recipient cardholders within a maximum of 30 minutes of approving the transaction. Please refer to your Visa representative and the Visa Direct Original Credit Transaction Global Implementation Guide for more information.

2Visa Funds Disbursements Research, Aite Group survey commissioned by Visa of 154 North American SMB businesses, Q4 2017

3 See footnote 2.

4 See footnote 1.

Source: Visa Inc.

Erin Steed
Wave Financial Inc. / Lightspeed PR

Caylah Novak
Visa Inc.