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Unzer supports the Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin

New partnership established

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Berlin, March 28, 2023

  • Unzer has become an Official Supporter of the Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin.
  • As a sponsor and payment service provider, Unzer will provide approximately 60 mini POS systems for smooth payment processing at all sports venues.
  • Twenty Unzer employees will also support the athletes on site as volunteers to make the inclusive event a success.

Unzer is proud to announce its support of the Special Olympics World Games 2023 in Berlin as the Official Supporter for Payment Solutions. The company will provide approximately 60 mini POS systems so that visitors can pay at all sports venues in the way that suits them best – whether by credit or debit card, smartwatch or mobile wallet. The Special Olympics World Games will take place from 17 to 25 June and are considered the world's largest inclusive sporting event.

“The way people shop nowadays and use the different sales channels is becoming more and more individual and diverse. This also applies to sporting events. Clubs and event organisers need to adapt to these habits and find a partner who not only understands these complex processes but has mastered them,” says Robert Bueninck, CEO of Unzer. “Unzer is such a partner, and that's why I'm very happy to support the World Games in Berlin.”

Unzer‘s POS Go devices combine a cash register, card reader, printer, and scanner and are ready to use anywhere thanks to cloud-based software. At the Special Olympics, the terminals will be used in areas ranging from ticketing to food venues and fan shops so that visitors can pay quickly, securely and cashlessly.

In addition, Unzer will be on site with 20 volunteers. Bueninck comments, “People from 60 countries work at Unzer, and the interest in volunteering at the Games was overwhelming. We were only able to bring a small fraction of our staff. It makes me proud to be part of this team and to see how Unzer is committed to an inclusive and equal society, characterised by diversity and mutual respect.”

With its unified commerce platform UnzerOne, Unzer brings together sales, payment and marketing tools across different channels and applications in one cloud-based system. Clubs and event organisers across Europe have used UnzerOne to deliver seamless sporting experiences for fans and visitors by meeting the increasing demand for contactless payment. At the same time, they save money through more efficient processes and secure payment integration.

Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities. The Special Olympics World Games are the highlight of the movement and take place every two years. This year in Berlin, over 7,000 athletes and 190 delegations from around the world are expected to attend. The World Games are the biggest sporting event in Germany since the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, with people competing in 26 different sports.

About Unzer

Unzer provides payment and commerce solutions to European merchants. With Unzer's unified commerce platform, businesses can view, monitor and act on customer, sales and product data in one place and in real-time. This helps merchants better understand their customers' needs, while all transactions and inventory changes are tracked and updated in the cloud. Customers benefit from the most relevant, consistent and timely experience possible, and are able to choose how, where and when they would like to pay.

More than 70,000 merchants from all over Europe are already using financial services provided by Unzer. The company's employees work in eight offices across Germany, Austria, Denmark and Luxembourg. Global investment firm KKR holds a majority stake in Unzer.

About Special Olympics

Special Olympics is the world's largest sports movement for people with intellectual and multiple disabilities, and it is officially recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The Special Olympics was founded in the USA in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy-Shriver, a sister of John F. Kennedy, to help end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities.

Today, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified Partners in over 170 countries. With the support of over a million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 competitions throughout the year.

About Special Olympics World Games

The Special Olympics World Games are the largest inclusive sporting event in the world. The Berlin Games in 2023 will be the largest multi-sport event in Germany since the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

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