MARQETA’S success story has been a decade in the making. The company has created the world’s first open API card-issuing platform, simplifying payments with infrastructure built for speed, flexibility and scale. The platform’s core functionalities — issuance of physical cards, virtual wallets and tokenisation programmes, payments processing and applications — are complemented by easily integrated APIs and webhooks, cloud infrastructure and an intuitive dashboard. The BV judges expect Marqeta’s upcoming IPO launch — targeting a $10bn valuation — to help write the next chapter. Marqeta wins the 2021 global award for Best Smart Card Issuing Platform.