MASTERCARD INDEX OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Latin American Women are Resilient & Optimistic

The 2021 Mastercard Women Entrepreneurs Index reveals targeted support for women and women entrepreneurs is critical to economic recovery throughout the region.

MASTERCARD AND KANTAR REPORT

Report: The Challenge of Cybersecurity in Latin America and the Caribbean

As consumers enter the digital economy in large numbers, a study commissioned by Mastercard to Kantar revealed that cybersecurity has become paramount to them.

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Press Releases

May 2022
May 18, 2022

If the same trends continue in the Latin America and Caribbean region, an estimated 120 million more passengers in Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) will fly this year, compared to last year.

May 17, 2022

Mastercard unleashes new era of biometric payments to enhance the check-out experience.

May 4, 2022

Galileo Financial Technologies, a subsidiary of SoFi Technologies, Inc. and Mastercard announced the formation of a multi-year strategic partnership to accelerate digital transformation and improve access to financial opportunities for the underserved in Latin America and Caribbean.

April 2022
April 20, 2022

Committed to restoring 100 million trees by 2025, Mastercard's Priceless Planet Coalition adds 4 new zones in Latin America, for a total of 15 worldwide, to its planting efforts, which were already in force in Australia, Brazil and Kenya, adding a total of 18 key reforestation areas in the world, with the greatest potential to cause a positive impact on climate change.

April 5, 2022

Bitfy and belo join the global portfolio of fintechs supported by Mastercard Start Path Crypto, a program that reflects Mastercard’s commitment to building an innovative and inclusive payments ecosystem

March 2022
March 21, 2022

The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2021 reveals the challenges that female entrepreneurs still have to face and the key aspects that need to be addressed to boost the role of women in a sustainable and inclusive recovery.

March 8, 2022

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Mastercard is organizing a virtual technology education marathon in which girls from 17 countries throughout the region will participate through allied schools and institutions.

2021
December 6, 2021

As consumers enter the digital economy in growing numbers, a study conducted by Mastercard with Kantar Consulting revealed that cybersecurity has become top of mind for them.

December 6, 2021

As consumers enter the digital economy in growing numbers, a study conducted by Mastercard with Kantar Consulting revealed that cybersecurity has become top of mind for them.

November 24, 2021

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) today announced it has acquired Arcus FI, an alum of the company’s Start Path program, to help support the delivery of bill pay solutions and other real-time payment applications across Latin America.

November 24, 2021

Mastercard will look to strengthen its position as a significant supporter of the local gastronomy scene with the launch of its Gastronomy Week. The program, a continuation of the company's M by Mastercard campaign, will bring the premium restaurant dining experience into Mastercard cardholders' homes.

November 24, 2021

Mastercard (NYSE: MA) today announced it has acquired Arcus FI, an alum of the company’s Start Path program, to help support the delivery of bill pay solutions and other real-time payment applications across Latin America.

November 24, 2021

Mastercard will look to strengthen its position as a significant supporter of the local gastronomy scene with the launch of its Gastronomy Week. The program, a continuation of the company's M by Mastercard campaign, will bring the premium restaurant dining experience into Mastercard cardholders' homes.

November 23, 2021

Industry partners unite to accelerate financial inclusion, strengthen financial literacy, and improve access to financial opportunities for the underbanked

November 23, 2021

Industry partners unite to accelerate financial inclusion, strengthen financial literacy, and improve access to financial opportunities for the underbanked

November 18, 2021

Trinidad & Tobago has partnered with Mastercard to implement solutions that drive financial inclusion, support small businesses, and enhance digital transformation readiness in the country

November 18, 2021

Trinidad & Tobago has partnered with Mastercard to implement solutions that drive financial inclusion, support small businesses, and enhance digital transformation readiness in the country

November 11, 2021

Mastercard Developers enables fintech companies of all sizes and stages to co-create and innovate

November 11, 2021

Mastercard Developers enables fintech companies of all sizes and stages to co-create and innovate

November 10, 2021

Partnership aims to transform education with a more seamless, secure and inclusive testing experience

November 10, 2021

Partnership aims to transform education with a more seamless, secure and inclusive testing experience

November 1, 2021

Mastercard accelerates its decarbonization timeline, committing to reach net zero by 2040; Carbon Calculator gains strong adoption throughout Europe and in Latin America

November 1, 2021

Mastercard accelerates its decarbonization timeline, committing to reach net zero by 2040; Carbon Calculator gains strong adoption throughout Europe and in Latin America

October 15, 2021

The IDB Becomes the First Multilateral Partner to Join Mastercard’s City Possible Network, Offering Technological Solutions to Increase Economic Growth

October 15, 2021

The IDB Becomes the First Multilateral Partner to Join Mastercard’s City Possible Network, Offering Technological Solutions to Increase Economic Growth

October 11, 2021

International Day of the Girl is celebrated on October 11th, and Mastercard joins the celebration with the participation of 2,000 girls in its Girls4Tech™ program in Latin America and the Caribbean. Globally, they total one million.

October 11, 2021

International Day of the Girl is celebrated on October 11th, and Mastercard joins the celebration with the participation of 2,000 girls in its Girls4Tech™ program in Latin America and the Caribbean. Globally, they total one million.

October 6, 2021

To shed light on the impact the global health crisis – and ongoing recovery – has had on small businesses globally, today Mastercard released Recovery Insights: Small Business Reset.

October 6, 2021

To shed light on the impact the global health crisis – and ongoing recovery – has had on small businesses globally, today Mastercard released Recovery Insights: Small Business Reset.

September 13, 2021 | Digital Banking

New innovation will allow cardholders to gain access to more detailed purchase information in their banking app

September 13, 2021 | Digital Banking

New innovation will allow cardholders to gain access to more detailed purchase information in their banking app

August 12, 2021

Mastercard opens door to startups around the world looking to grow platforms across open banking, predictive financial modeling for small businesses, smart rental payments and beyond

August 12, 2021

Mastercard opens door to startups around the world looking to grow platforms across open banking, predictive financial modeling for small businesses, smart rental payments and beyond

August 2, 2021

Findings from Mastercard’s inaugural Experience research reveal that people recognize the value of self-enrichment and are willing to invest time and energy in experiences that leave them feeling uplifted long after the moment ends.

August 2, 2021

Findings from Mastercard’s inaugural Experience research reveal that people recognize the value of self-enrichment and are willing to invest time and energy in experiences that leave them feeling uplifted long after the moment ends.

July 27, 2021

Mastercard announced today a new Start Path global startup engagement program dedicated to supporting fast-growing digital assets, blockchain and cryptocurrency companies.

July 27, 2021

Mastercard announced today a new Start Path global startup engagement program dedicated to supporting fast-growing digital assets, blockchain and cryptocurrency companies.

July 26, 2021

In a challenging year for the global economy, the Start Path Empodera business acceleration program, an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MasterCard, announced the women-led, high-impact Colombian startup winners of the second edition of the program.

July 26, 2021

In a challenging year for the global economy, the Start Path Empodera business acceleration program, an initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and MasterCard, announced the women-led, high-impact Colombian startup winners of the second edition of the program.

July 22, 2021

Private and public sector unite to support a collaborative virtual platform, which aims to offer digital skills courses to 3.8 million women and create more than one million economic opportunities for women in the region throughout the next three years.

July 22, 2021

Private and public sector unite to support a collaborative virtual platform, which aims to offer digital skills courses to 3.8 million women and create more than one million economic opportunities for women in the region throughout the next three years.

June 23, 2021

As part of the agreement, the companies will introduce new credit card solutions and benefits that meet the evolving needs of frequent travelers—digitizing the travel experience with personalized, contactless, and secure technologies—and consists of two implementation phases.

June 23, 2021

As part of the agreement, the companies will introduce new credit card solutions and benefits that meet the evolving needs of frequent travelers—digitizing the travel experience with personalized, contactless, and secure technologies—and consists of two implementation phases.

May 18, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Sokin partners with Mastercard to extend payments partnership to LATAM

May 18, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Sokin partners with Mastercard to extend payments partnership to LATAM

May 17, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

If you’ve been thinking more and more about saving money during the past year, you're not alone. While the pandemic has upended our personal finance habits, small changes in our routine can make a big difference. A new initiative in Latin America supported by Mastercard, Mercado Libre, the IDB’s Retirement Savings Laboratory, and Common Cents Lab, a financial behavior research lab at Duke University, seeks to use behavioral science to help entrepreneurs and SMEs.

May 17, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

If you’ve been thinking more and more about saving money during the past year, you're not alone. While the pandemic has upended our personal finance habits, small changes in our routine can make a big difference. A new initiative in Latin America supported by Mastercard, Mercado Libre, the IDB’s Retirement Savings Laboratory, and Common Cents Lab, a financial behavior research lab at Duke University, seeks to use behavioral science to help entrepreneurs and SMEs.

May 4, 2021 | Digital Payments

As stores closed and social distancing took hold, retailers worldwide moved their businesses online, embraced e-commerce and explored the potential of new ways to pay. More than a year later, research from Mastercard shows that the adoption of new payment technologies is rising, and consumer appetite for new, fast, and flexible digital experiences continues to grow.

May 4, 2021 | Digital Payments

As stores closed and social distancing took hold, retailers worldwide moved their businesses online, embraced e-commerce and explored the potential of new ways to pay. More than a year later, research from Mastercard shows that the adoption of new payment technologies is rising, and consumer appetite for new, fast, and flexible digital experiences continues to grow.

May 3, 2021 | OPTIMISM

At Mastercard, we embrace the opportunity to partner with fintech companies to help drive inclusion at scale and deliver solutions focused on doing well and doing good. Today we are pleased to welcome six scaling startups to our award-winning Mastercard Start Path program, from companies building blockchain-based payments solutions with the aim of humanizing finance to startups designing sustainable lending platforms to close the small business credit gap in emerging markets.

May 3, 2021 | OPTIMISM

At Mastercard, we embrace the opportunity to partner with fintech companies to help drive inclusion at scale and deliver solutions focused on doing well and doing good. Today we are pleased to welcome six scaling startups to our award-winning Mastercard Start Path program, from companies building blockchain-based payments solutions with the aim of humanizing finance to startups designing sustainable lending platforms to close the small business credit gap in emerging markets.

April 22, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

In Panama, Mastercard has emerged as a strategic ally in the development of the government's digitization agenda, providing its knowledge and extensive experience as an innovative leader in payments, digital infrastructure, security, and solutions for cyber fraud.

April 22, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

In Panama, Mastercard has emerged as a strategic ally in the development of the government's digitization agenda, providing its knowledge and extensive experience as an innovative leader in payments, digital infrastructure, security, and solutions for cyber fraud.

April 7, 2021

For retailers, restaurants and other businesses large and small, being able to sell online provided a much-needed lifeline as in-person consumer spending was disrupted.

April 7, 2021

For retailers, restaurants and other businesses large and small, being able to sell online provided a much-needed lifeline as in-person consumer spending was disrupted.

March 18, 2021

Mastercard has joined the Inter-American Development Bank and other companies from the private-sector in the "Women Growing Together in the Americas", a program to encourage women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean to integrate their businesses into foreign trade and regional value chains.

March 18, 2021

Mastercard has joined the Inter-American Development Bank and other companies from the private-sector in the "Women Growing Together in the Americas", a program to encourage women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean to integrate their businesses into foreign trade and regional value chains.

March 17, 2021

Mastercard is announcing the expansion of the Engage platform, providing customers with easy access to a growing network of qualified technology and fintech partners that can quickly deploy Mastercard Digital First solutions. They enable customers to provide entirely digital payment experiences for consumers, from acquisition and card usage to management and engagement, with a physical card option.

March 17, 2021

Mastercard is announcing the expansion of the Engage platform, providing customers with easy access to a growing network of qualified technology and fintech partners that can quickly deploy Mastercard Digital First solutions. They enable customers to provide entirely digital payment experiences for consumers, from acquisition and card usage to management and engagement, with a physical card option.

March 10, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Mastercard has teamed up with payment processing technology company, Dynamics Payments, to launch an application (app) which will increase financial inclusion for the Caribbean region. This comprehensive solution is expected to result in a marked increase in credit and debit card usage in the coming years. The app will be available in three Caribbean markets: Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

March 10, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Mastercard has teamed up with payment processing technology company, Dynamics Payments, to launch an application (app) which will increase financial inclusion for the Caribbean region. This comprehensive solution is expected to result in a marked increase in credit and debit card usage in the coming years. The app will be available in three Caribbean markets: Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Puerto Rico.

March 3, 2021

As part of International Women’s Day, Mastercard continues its mission to support future women in technology and their entrepreneurial success by educating the next generation of leaders with its Girls4Tech program and providing digital and financial security tools to women-owned businesses across the region.

March 3, 2021

As part of International Women’s Day, Mastercard continues its mission to support future women in technology and their entrepreneurial success by educating the next generation of leaders with its Girls4Tech program and providing digital and financial security tools to women-owned businesses across the region.

February 23, 2021 | Digital Payments

Mastercard, a leading technology company in the payments industry, today brings its customers Apple Pay, a safer, more secure and private way to pay that helps customers avoid handing their payment card to someone else, touching physical buttons or exchanging cash while using the power of iPhone to protect every transaction.

February 23, 2021 | Digital Payments

Mastercard, a leading technology company in the payments industry, today brings its customers Apple Pay, a safer, more secure and private way to pay that helps customers avoid handing their payment card to someone else, touching physical buttons or exchanging cash while using the power of iPhone to protect every transaction.

February 17, 2021 | Digital Payments

Bahamians received even greater flexibility in how they shop and pay using the country’s digital currency, the first of its kind. Under a new program from Mastercard and Island Pay, the Bahamas Sand Dollar prepaid card gives people the option to instantly convert the digital currency to traditional Bahamian dollars and pay for goods and services anywhere Mastercard is accepted on the Islands and around the world.

February 17, 2021 | Digital Payments

Bahamians received even greater flexibility in how they shop and pay using the country’s digital currency, the first of its kind. Under a new program from Mastercard and Island Pay, the Bahamas Sand Dollar prepaid card gives people the option to instantly convert the digital currency to traditional Bahamian dollars and pay for goods and services anywhere Mastercard is accepted on the Islands and around the world.

January 29, 2021

The company’s new Country Manager, Estanislau Bassols, brings more than 23 years of professional and leadership experience across diverse industries.  He will report to João Pedro Paro Neto, President, Mastercard Brazil and the Southern Cone.

January 29, 2021

The company’s new Country Manager, Estanislau Bassols, brings more than 23 years of professional and leadership experience across diverse industries.  He will report to João Pedro Paro Neto, President, Mastercard Brazil and the Southern Cone.

January 21, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Mastercard and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have partnered under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative to launch Start Path Empodera, a business accelerator focused on promoting womenʼs entrepreneurship and financial inclusion in Colombia.

January 21, 2021 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

Mastercard and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have partnered under the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative to launch Start Path Empodera, a business accelerator focused on promoting womenʼs entrepreneurship and financial inclusion in Colombia.

January 20, 2021

After a successful launch in Europe, Mastercard announced today the expansion of its new interactive business intelligence platform Market Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean. The new platform provides a comprehensive view of payments insights, competitive intelligence and industry trends for banks and financial institutions across Europe and now the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

January 20, 2021

After a successful launch in Europe, Mastercard announced today the expansion of its new interactive business intelligence platform Market Trends in Latin America and the Caribbean. The new platform provides a comprehensive view of payments insights, competitive intelligence and industry trends for banks and financial institutions across Europe and now the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region.

January 12, 2021 | COVID-19

To help governments and businesses of all sizes find a path forward following the challenges of 2020, the Mastercard Economics Institute released Economy 2021, an outlook of what’s to come in economies around the world and in Latin America.

January 12, 2021 | COVID-19

To help governments and businesses of all sizes find a path forward following the challenges of 2020, the Mastercard Economics Institute released Economy 2021, an outlook of what’s to come in economies around the world and in Latin America.

2020
November 19, 2020

A survey conducted by Mastercard and Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) in thirteen countries across the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, including Jamaica, shows how consumer habits have changed, how the demand for financial services has increased, and how companies will have to adapt to the novel digital ecosystem generated by the pandemic.

November 18, 2020 | COVID-19

A survey conducted by Mastercard and Americas Market Intelligence (AMI) in thirteen countries across the Latin America and Caribbean region shows how consumer habits have changed, how the demand for financial services has increased, and how companies will have to adapt to the novel digital ecosystem generated by the pandemic.

October 29, 2020

New partnership brings authenticity to supply chains, tracing more than 24 commodities, such as coffee, sorghum and grain, in Latin America and North America

October 29, 2020

87% of shoppers in Latin America and the Caribbean will make an effort to spend money in their local communities to help independent stores bounce back; Local loyalty driven by lockdown; bounce in spending in green grocers, cafes and bars, and beauty salons

October 22, 2020 | FINANCIAL INCLUSION

According to the latest research conducted by Americas Market Intelligence in Partnership with Mastercard, early government subsidies have been critical to increasing access to the banking system.

October 20, 2020

Four partners in Latin America and the Caribbean to support planting 100 million tree

October 8, 2020

The survey shows results about the essential aspects of Latin Americans' live after quarantine. The new Mastercard campaign seeks to support consumers and small businesses as they return to a new normal.

September 17, 2020

Bancolombia, Banco Galicia, Citibanamex, Mercado Libre, and PayPal Commit to Accelerate Business Recovery and Inclusive Growth Efforts in the Region

August 12, 2020

Mastercard has announced the expansion of its Accelerate fintech portfolio, adding new companies to its startup engagement program Start Path and more technology partners to its Engage network.

July 8, 2020

Mastercard announced today it is beginning technical preparations to bring Click to Pay online checkout – based on the EMV® Secure Remote Commerce industry-standard – to Brazil and Mexico.

July 8, 2020

Mastercard has introduced its Small Business Digital Acceleration Platform, a resource for small business owners looking to expand their business digitally. The platform provides small companies a pathway to expand their online presence, protect their online operations, and adapt to the new business environment.

June 30, 2020

Study shows consumers worldwide opting for touch-free, secure and seamless ways to pay. Consumers in Latin America plan to continue shopping online for the foreseeable future.

June 25, 2020

RiskRecon, a Mastercard company, is providing LAC small businesses free cyberhealth assessments to help them identify and address potential vulnerabilities in their systems.

June 15, 2020

Today, Mastercard announced the extension of its partnership with Facebook to offer a new and innovative way for Brazilians to send and receive money from friends and family on the WhatsApp application.

May 19, 2020

New digital experiences include regional ambassadors in Gastronomy, Sports and Arts throughout the Latin American and Caribbean region.

May 6, 2020

The Tourism Insights Platform will illuminate 360-degree travel trends from search to in-market spending for Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica.

April 30, 2020

Consumers cite simplicity, cleanliness and speed through checkout experience as contactless payments booster. Mastercard champions effort to raise limits for contactless payment transactions across Latin America & Caribbean.

April 16, 2020

A new study, “Digital Banking in Latin America” unveils the latest trends and best practices that are shaping the financial industry in the region before COVID-19 and well beyond.

April 13, 2020

The #apartbutunited campaign in Latin American and the Caribbean underscores the importance of unity under extraordinary times of social distancing.

March 31, 2020

Researchers at three institutions in the U.S. and U.K. receive grants to advance studies of repurposed drugs and novel antibodies in preventing COVID-19

March 27, 2020

Mastercard announced today it is championing a move to increase the contactless payment limits across Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region as people look for safer ways to pay in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

March 10, 2020

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome, and Mastercard today committed up to $125 million in seed funding to speed-up the response to the COVID-19 epidemic by identifying, assessing, developing, and scaling-up treatments.

February 27, 2020

Mastercard will sponsor the 2020 and 2024 edition of CONMEBOL Copa América for 13th and 14th consecutive edition. Additionally, it seeks to boost women’s talent in the region by sponsoring Women’s CONMEBOL Copa América for the first time.

January 22, 2020

Technology giant Mastercard announced today the launch of its Smart Islands program in the Caribbean, leading the journey towards developing smarter islands and cashless societies to strengthen economies throughout the region.

January 17, 2020

New report by Mastercard and CB Insights analyzes five trends on how new fintech startups are transforming the global market for underserved consumers and small & medium sized businesses in 2020

2019
December 3, 2019

Mastercard announced the results of a new study that outlines the needs and expectations from online shoppers in the region, and what needs to be done for them to buy more frequently.

December 3, 2019

Mastercard announced that more than half of its transaction volume in the region is now ready to be tokenized, helping make digital payments offer simple, seamless and secure for consumers in the region.

October 31, 2019

Mastercard announced the launch of Accelerate, a global initiative that simplifies the way that Mastercard works with fintechs, giving them access to everything they need to grow quickly.

October 24, 2019

Mastercard today announced the launch of the Data Responsibility Imperative to advance a dialogue around how organizations can work together to close this gap, inviting others to join them in the effort.

October 15, 2019

Technology giant Mastercard officially opened its local office in Jamaica, in New Kingston, holding a press conference this morning to announce the milestone for the local market. Jamaica Country Manager Dalton Fowles announces Mastercard vision for the island.

September 24, 2019

Two Original Macaron Flavors - Passion and Optimism - Come to Life at The New York Times Food Festival as Mastercard Unveils the Latest Expression of its Multisensory Brand

September 4, 2019

Mastercard spends a decade exploring where people travel, sharing its insights about the top destination cities of today and tomorrow.

July 31, 2019

Mastercard and SAP announced a strategic partnership to introduce a best-in-class automated payments and reconciliation process to medium-to-large sized businesses in Colombia and Chile.

May 30, 2019

Nearly two-thirds of established companies are leveraging fintech capabilities for growth, according to a new survey from Harvard Business Review Analytic Services, sponsored by Mastercard.

May 22, 2019

Mastercard today announced that it will collaborate with Samsung to explore and deliver a better way for people to conveniently and securely verify their digital identity on the mobile devices they use every day.

May 21, 2019

Mastercard, one of the world’s most active sponsors of major sporting events is strengthening its commitment to women’s football. The move sends a powerful signal for gender equality in sports and demonstrates a continued focus on gender balanced marketing.

May 10, 2019

Empowered women, empower the world. Mastercard, ConnectAmericas for Women of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and INCAE Business School’s Latin American Center for Entrepreneurs (LACE), are launching the Virtual Accelerator digital training platform as part of their ongoing commitment to advance women entrepreneurs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

April 29, 2019

Mastercard is making it easier for these companies to find qualified payment technology partners by expanding its Mastercard Engage platform throughout the LAC region.

April 25, 2019

Mastercard closed a partnership with Giesecke+Devrient (G+D) Mobile Security, a global leader in smart card manufacturing, personalization and payment solutions, to advance easier, faster and safer payments in the region.

February 27, 2019

Mastercard renews its sponsorship of CONMEBOL Copa America for the 12th consecutive edition and becomes first time sponsor of CONMEBOL Libertadores.

February 8, 2019

Mastercard debuts its sonic brand identity, a comprehensive sound architecture that signifies the latest advancement for the brand.

February 6, 2019

Opening new offices in Puerto Rico and Jamaica, and boosting operations in the Dominican Republic, are part of an ambitious strategy contributing to the company’s growth plans for Latin America