Launched in 2014, Start Path is a global effort to support innovative, early-stage startups that are developing the next generation of commerce solutions and are looking to accelerate growth. The program has a strong track record of helping startups transform innovations into sustainable business propositions across a diverse range of technology areas including artificial intelligence, wearables, logistics and big data amongst others.
MasterCard is now expanding the program to China and Hong Kong to engage with startups that are driving new commerce solutions in a rapidly-evolving, innovation ecosystem. Over the course of 6 months each startup that is selected for the program will be provided with access to operational support, connections to a global set of MasterCard partners, and the potential opportunities to integrate with MasterCard solutions.
Start Path Global has been designed to put the startup first: startups are not required to relocate, nor is any equity taken, but instead the program provides immediate access to over 60 MasterCard experts, opens the door to pilot opportunities with MasterCard or MasterCard customers, and provides the startups with full ownership for any intellectual property developed.
How to Apply to MasterCard Start Path:
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|What?||MasterCard Start Path recruits a new class of 6-8 startups to embark on the six-month Start Path Global program every quarter.
Up to 10 promising startups will be invited to pitch their solutions to the MasterCard Start Path judging panel in Shanghai on May 23, 2016. From there, up to two companies will be chosen to participate in the next Start Path global program beginning in July.
|Where?||· Website: www.startpath.com
· Application site: https://www.f6s.com/mastercardstartpathglobal-china
|Who?||The program is open to all mainland China and Hong Kong S.A.R. startups who meet the following criteria:
· Solution in the financial or retail tech space
· Already live in market or in beta
· Established and experienced team
· Targeting a sizeable market opportunity
· Seed or Series A investment recently secured
|When||· MasterCard Start Path officially kicks off on April 15, 2016
· Call-for-entries closes on May 11, 2016
· Pitch day will be held on May 23, 2016
· Announcement of winners will be made on May 30, 2016