Mastercard and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have partnered to support women entrepreneurs in Colombia and launch Start Path Empodera.

Launched in 2014, Mastercard’s award-winning Start Path program has built a global portfolio of elite startups, with a number of female-led ventures. These women have collectively raised over $1B in capital to grow their businesses.

Start Path Empodera seeks to advance womenʼs economic opportunities and foster a more inclusive digital economy through a program designed to support early-stage, female-founded ventures and inspire a new generation of female entrepreneurs in Colombia.


MENTORSHIP


EXPERT KNOWLEDGE


RAISE PROFILE WITH NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES


RAISE CAPITAL

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Start Path Empodera is a platform to support visionary women, with the initiative to innovate and think big, who lead early-stage companies with great growth potential in the financial technology, financial inclusion, and commerce sectors.

Through a pitch competition selection process, women entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to join Start Path Empodera, a business accelerator with customized curriculum providing access to skill-building, mentorship, technical assistance, and network-building support. Start Path Empodera cohorts will receive direct mentorship from Mastercardʼs network of experts to expedite company growth and leadership development, as well as a small monetary award to support program participation.

What are the steps?

  1. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
  2. PITCH COMPETITION
  3. AWARD OF GRANT
  1. FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
  2. WINNERS ANNOUNCED
  3. 4-MONTH SPECIALIZED PROGRAM
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
PITCH COMPETITION
WINNERS ANNOUNCED
AWARD OF GRANT
4-MONTH SPECIALIZED PROGRAM

We are looking for entrepreneurs with the following criteria:

  • Female-founded with a Colombia-based team
  • Company demonstrates financial viability, technical feasibility, and a scalable business model
  • Large target market with potential for high growth in one of the following areas:
  • Scaling fintech solutions – Leveraging innovative tech solutions to enhance the access and use of digital financial services
  • Driving financial inclusion – Increasing digital financial literacy and access to digital financial services, across any sector or application
  • Scaling commerce – Digitizing and optimizing the buying and selling of goods and services, across any sector, retail or online

The next round of applications starts 12 April!

For any questions, please contact us:

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