MasterCard Connects Startups to Its Global Network of Big Brand Partners

MasterCard Launches Its First Start Path Global Class to Reshape the Future of Commerce

NEW YORK--()--MasterCard today announced the new startups comprising the first global Start Path class. During the six-month program, participants will obtain customized mentoring from MasterCard experts, access to the company’s commercial partners and the opportunity to integrate with MasterCard solutions. The startups will also have access to nearly 40 startups that have been previously mentored by Start Path.

Launched in 2014, MasterCard Start Path is a global effort to support innovative early stage startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions. This initial class of early-stage startups, selected from more than 200 applicants, are using big data, mobile and cloud-based applications to build digital relationships, empower consumers and simplify complicated tasks. Hailing from all corners of the globe, they are also diverse in terms of team size, level of funding, revenue and sales pipeline.

“Through our local efforts to support developing fintech partners, we quickly saw the need for a more globally-inclusive program that provides startups access to new markets without uprooting them,” said Stephane Wyper, global lead for MasterCard Start Path. “This program creates just that – a geographically diverse way to help some of those new to the market build partnerships with more established players as a way to accelerate their growth.”

The digital shift in commerce is proving to be a happy hunting ground for startups. However, out of all startups with great products and services, 50 percent fail in the first five years1 due to lack of mentorship, access to new markets and connections with partners.

Over the next six months, Start Path Global participants will take part in immersion weeks hosted in Berlin and Singapore, and receive ongoing virtual support from the MasterCard network. The Start Path mentors will help them tackle business problems and introduce them to new opportunities around the world.

“We are excited to work with the Start Path team to approach new markets and give our solution a competitive edge as we grow and scale,” said Paul Chapman, chief executive officer of Moneytree. “We find MasterCard Start Path Global compelling because it is not a corporate accelerator — instead, it is a partnership built to fit the needs of our business.”

The inaugural MasterCard global Start Path class includes:

  • Control helps businesses understand and manage their online payments. Integrated with multiple global payment processors, Control delivers real-time payment analytics, customer intelligence and fraud tools to any device.
  • Moneytree helps customers instantly answer the question: where, when and how am I spending, saving and investing my money.
  • Rainbird uses artificial intelligence to help businesses capture human expertise in software. This helps scale knowledge within a company through virtual, smart tools.
  • VATBox maximizes visibility, governance & VAT recovery by providing CFOs & corporate tax executives better visibility into their global VAT expenses.

About MasterCard Start Path

MasterCard Start Path is a global effort to support innovative early stage startups developing the next generation of commerce solutions today. Start Path was launched in 2014 with an objective to help early stage startups partnering with each startup to grow their businesses faster than they could by themselves. Startups can benefit from the knowledge of a global network of MasterCard experts, access to MasterCard customers and partners, and the ability to innovate on top of MasterCard solutions. For more information visit or follow MasterCard Start Path on Twitter at @MAstartpath. For US-based startups MasterCard works in partnership with Silicon Valley Bank on Commerce.Innovated.

About MasterCard

MasterCard (NYSE:MA),, is a technology company in the global payments industry. We operate the world’s fastest payments processing network, connecting consumers, financial institutions, merchants, governments and businesses in more than 210 countries and territories. MasterCard’s products and solutions make everyday commerce activities – such as shopping, traveling, running a business and managing finances – easier, more secure and more efficient for everyone. Follow us on Twitter @MasterCardNews, join the discussion on the Beyond the Transaction Blog and subscribe for the latest news.

1 According to a Gallup Poll


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MasterCard announced first global Start Path class who will participate in a six-month incubation program, customized mentoring from MasterCard experts, in addition to access to the company's partners

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