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Mastercard (MA) Expands Start Path Program to Assist Startups

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Mastercard Incorporated (MA - Free Report) recently expanded its startup engagement program — Start Path. Through this initiative, the company has invited 10 fintechs from across the globe to take part in this program.

Notably, the program forms part of Mastercard’s Accelerate portfolio, which was launched last year to enable the company to work with fintechs spanning across all stages of growth and transformation.

The Start Path program, which has a tenure of six months, will empower these startups with an access to Mastercard’s technology, expertise and network of partners ranging from banks and merchants to technology and digital players. This access will enable the startups to launch innovative solutions and devise ways of bringing in enhanced security for business payments, which in turn, is likely to help them in adding scalability to their businesses.

It is worth mentioning that the Start Path program has an impressive history of helping startups since its launch in 2014, as evident from the participation of over 250 startups in the program. Several startups, which have been part of this program, have raised $2.9 billion in post-program investments.

Shares of this Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) company have gained 24.4% in a year compared with the industry’s growth of 5.3%.

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The company’s peers, namely, Envestnet, Inc. (ENV - Free Report) and Visa Inc. (V - Free Report) have rallied 22% and 18.5%, respectively, in a year’s time, while that of EVO Payments, Inc. (EVOP - Free Report) have lost 3.6% in the same time period.

The latest move of Mastercard reinforces the fact that the global Fintech market remains well-poised for growth and hence, providing necessary assistance in the form of higher funding and investments to the fintech startups is of utmost importance. Per a report by The Business Research Company, the global Fintech market is expected to witness a CAGR of 9.2% and 11.1% by 2023 and 2030, respectively.

It is worth pointing out that the fintech sector has been more resilient to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the others.

With Mastercard being the preferred choice of partners for fintechs, it has always emphasized on increasing usage of digital transactions with the COVID-19 pandemic accelerating the trend further. The trend is likely to sustain even beyond the pandemic. Mastercard has been striving to make investments to devise innovative solutions in order to bring more people under the ambit of digital economy. Growing popularity of contactless payments and the rising adoption of digital transactions worldwide are likely to position Mastercard well for long-term growth.

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