Start Path Global is Mastercard’s worldwide program for innovative later stage startups from across the globe.
Since 2014 we 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 our portfolio of startups: more flexibility, more customization, and no distractions from your current business.
We work with later-stage startups from across the globe to help scale their businesses.
What they offer
Curated Access to Customers + Channels
Rapid Path to Scale
Access to channels + customers
We work with startups across industries and specialties to drive global innovation.
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 6-12 months.
Eligible Regions: Open for All
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.