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Start Path Team

Our team becomes your team, adding value and opening doors that will help you scale and grow.

Amy Neale

Amy Neale

Amy leads the Mastercard Start Path team to identify, mentor and partner with best in category startups from all regions through the Start Path program

Amy leads the Mastercard Start Path team to identify, mentor and partner with best in category startups from all regions through the Start Path program

Angenette Meaney

Angenette Meaney

An innovation professional with experience in deal structuring and domain expertise in the security space, Angenette structures the Start Path program to deliver maximum value to participating startups

Amy leads the Mastercard Start Path team to identify, mentor and partner with best in category startups from all regions through the Start Path program

An innovation professional with experience in deal structuring and domain expertise in the security space, Angenette structures the Start Path program to deliver maximum value to participating startups

Brigid McKeown

Brigid McKeown

With a background in community management, Brigid ensures our startups have a wonderful journey with Mastercard

With a background in community management, Brigid ensures our startups have a wonderful journey with Mastercard

Fiona Hyland

Fiona Hyland

A professional marketer, Fiona brings her expertise across digital and traditional marketing to tell the Start Path journey and to support our startups to craft their narratives

With a background in community management, Brigid ensures our startups have a wonderful journey with Mastercard

A professional marketer, Fiona brings her expertise across digital and traditional marketing to tell the Start Path journey and to support our startups to craft their narratives

Ian O’Sullivan

Ian O’Sullivan

Leading Start Path in Europe, Ian combines his banking and startup expertise to create meaningful collaborations between our startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Leading Start Path in Europe, Ian combines his banking and startup expertise to create meaningful collaborations between our startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Ilana Messing

Ilana Messing

Leading Start Path in Latin America, Ilana combines her entrepreneurial and investment banking expertise to support startups and develop valuable engagements with Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Leading Start Path in Europe, Ian combines his banking and startup expertise to create meaningful collaborations between our startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Leading Start Path in Latin America, Ilana combines her entrepreneurial and investment banking expertise to support startups and develop valuable engagements with Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Kristiyan Hristov

Kristiyan Hristov

Leading Start Path in North America, Kristiyan combines his payments and product expertise to build collaborative value propositions between startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Leading Start Path in North America, Kristiyan combines his payments and product expertise to build collaborative value propositions between startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Li Li Ling

Li Li Ling

Leading Start Path in Asia Pacific, Lili creates business development opportunities between startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants from across the region

Leading Start Path in North America, Kristiyan combines his payments and product expertise to build collaborative value propositions between startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants

Leading Start Path in Asia Pacific, Lili creates business development opportunities between startups, Mastercard and leading banks and merchants from across the region

Mohamed Khalil

Mohamed Khalil

An investment professional, Mohamed leads the Start Path fund to invest in startup companies and drive strategic returns to Mastercard

An investment professional, Mohamed leads the Start Path fund to invest in startup companies and drive strategic returns to Mastercard

Naresh Ponnana

Naresh Ponnana

Naresh combines his banking and startup engagement experience to forge strong collaborative projects and create impact

An investment professional, Mohamed leads the Start Path fund to invest in startup companies and drive strategic returns to Mastercard

Naresh combines his banking and startup engagement experience to forge strong collaborative projects and create impact

Sabrina Tharani

Sabrina Tharani

With a deep knowledge of both payments and venture investment, Sabrina is Director of Partnerships, leading startup sourcing and diligence practices for the venture team

With a deep knowledge of both payments and venture investment, Sabrina is Director of Partnerships, leading startup sourcing and diligence practices for the venture team

Shyam Mohan

Shyam Mohan

Leading Start Path in Middle East and Africa, Shyam brings together experience of business development, payments and digital to create meaningful engagements between banks, merchants and startups

With a deep knowledge of both payments and venture investment, Sabrina is Director of Partnerships, leading startup sourcing and diligence practices for the venture team

Leading Start Path in Middle East and Africa, Shyam brings together experience of business development, payments and digital to create meaningful engagements between banks, merchants and startups

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