Visa launches new initiative to help Gen Z content creators and influencers

Visa has launched a new ‘GetP@id’ initiative to help Gen Z creators and influencers turn their passions into profitable careers. 

The initiative marks its commitment to nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs in the UAE by bridging the gap between creativity and commerce.

It kicked off with an interactive workshop led by Emirati content creator Khalid Al Ameri, a renowned figure with 21 million followers across several social media platforms. 

The workshop provided a unique opportunity for aspiring creators to gain valuable insights from Khalid Al Ameri, who shared his personal journey, learnings, and challenges encountered while transitioning from a hobbyist to a successful content creator. 

The aim was to educate and help novice content creators to improve and grow their skills.

Tarek Abdalla, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa at Visa, said: “Visa’s ‘GetP@id’ initiative comes at a crucial time. 

“A study revealed that only 2.5 per cent of Gen Z individuals across CEMEA have successfully transformed content creation into a sustainable career. This means there remains a significant pool of Gen Z talent in our region with a strong desire for content creation as a career choice.

“Through the ‘GetP@id’ initiative, we aim to create a collaborative ecosystem where budding creators can learn from established ones, fostering their success in their chosen fields. 

“By inspiring creators to shift from pursuing their passions to making a living, Visa remains at the forefront of promoting financial inclusion, facilitating money movement, and fostering success for the creators of tomorrow.”

Khalid Al Ameri, said: “Visa’s ‘GetP@id’ is a game-changer for young creators in the UAE. It’s not just about turning a passion into a paycheck; it’s about understanding the difference between a hobby and a thriving business. 

“I’m thrilled to be a part of this initiative and help empower the next generation of content creators.”

Visa’s recent study shows that 37 per cent of Gen Z individuals in the UAE earn income from their own businesses, similar to non-Gen Z counterparts at 39 per cent. 

This underscores the importance of offering Gen Z creators the support and resources they need to shift from hobbies to successful entrepreneurs.

As part of this initiative, the firm aims to work closely with established creators to mentor emerging talent, providing them with the necessary tools, tips, and support to turn content creation into a lucrative career.