|Type of business||Private|
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|Headquarters||Boston, Massachusetts, United States|
LevelUp is an American mobile payments platform created by Boston, Massachusetts-based start-up SCVNGR. The LevelUp mobile application uses QR code technology to allow for mobile transactions to be made at local businesses via iPhone and Android phones.
LevelUp was initially launched in March 2011 and operated for its first 3 months as a daily deals platform. In July 2011, LevelUp shifted away from the daily deal space to focus exclusively on their mobile payments solution. In July 2013, around 200,000 users and 3,000 companies were using LevelUp. In October 2014, around 14,000 stores were using LevelUp.
The LevelUp mobile application for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone allows registered users to securely link their debit or credit card to a unique QR code displayed within the app. To pay with LevelUp, users scan the QR code on their phone at LevelUp terminals located at local businesses who accept LevelUp as a form of payment.
Some merchants that accept LevelUp as a form of payment also offer monetary savings to users. Users are given “First-Time Visit Specials” the first time they make a transaction at the merchant's location. Users can also unlock "credit" to a merchant’s store after spending a certain amount at the merchant’s location.
As of June 2016, LevelUp is available for businesses in the Boston, Chicago, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, Philadelphia, St. Louis, New York City, Atlanta, San Francisco, Dallas, San Diego, Minneapolis, Montgomery, Kansas City, Seattle and Wilmington, NC areas.
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