Mastercard Start Path Global for Startups

Mastercard Start Path Global is Mastercard’s worldwide award-winning program for innovative later stage startups from across the globe. It enables later-stage tech startups to rapidly scale through unparalleled access to Mastercard’s technology, solutions expertise and partners around the world.

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Since 2014 they have been working with an ever-growing portfolio of startups with unique solutions across fintech and commerce. Start Path Global is based on what has worked best for their portfolio of startups: more flexibility, more customization, and no distractions from your current business.

What they Offer startups through the program:

  • Rapid path to scale
  • Dedicated support
  • Unparalleled access to channels + customers
  • Strategic investment

What they offer corporate members:

  • Global startup sourcing and engagement
  • Access to Mastercard’s annual Start Path Summit
  • Thought leadership and trend insights
  • Quarterly innovation review


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Key features of the program:

  • Six months virtual program tailored to the individual needs of your company
  • No need to move from your home location
  • No equity is taken up front (but an option to participate in your next round)
  • Immediate access to 60+ Mastercard experts
  • Connections to potential customers – global corporate brands spanning banking, retail, tech and telecoms
  • Funds provided so that you have no out of pocket expenses
  • Receive support from a dedicated sponsor – a Mastercard insider – who creates a pipeline that is unique and relevant to each startup, and acts as a sounding board and a relationship broker.


Applicants with later stage startups in the broad fintech and commerce space must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Solution – Demonstrated commercial traction, clear product differentiation and competitive advantage.
  • Market – Solving real pain points for your customers, targeting a sizable market.
  • Team – Strong founder team with key roles established, experienced entrepreneurs and/or track record of relevant industry expertise.
  • Funding – Investment raised (seed, Series A, or later) with at least 6-12 months runway, plans to raise next institutional round in the next 18th months.
  • Attitude – Global mentality, open to opportunity and mentoring.
Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

  • Please carefully read and complete the attached application form in the website and submit it.
  • Apply today to be considered for the wave kicking off in early 2019.
  • Shortlisted applicants will be contacted in the new year with an update on their application.

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