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We are excited to announce the ten companies that will be joining Techstars Class 147 for the 2018 Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in New York. We kick things off today and are looking forward to a lifetime of knocking down barriers to entry.

This year applications streamed in from 68 countries illustrating the increasing globalization of both FinTech disruption and of the entrepreneurial spirit. And while many firms across the financial ecosystem now consider themselves technology firms, we see a future in which artificial intelligence permeates every facet of the product stack. This year’s class is leveraging artificial intelligence to reimagine everything from how recruiters source top talent to how modern couples manage their finances.

“Barclays has been heavily invested in utilizing AI for a number of years. We are integrating AI and decision support technologies across our company in order to create better experiences for our customers and clients. I look forward to seeing how these ten startups evolve their business propositions and how they leverage AI in doing so,” said John Stecher, Chief Innovation Officer at Barclays.

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and the steadfast support to drive innovation from Barclays and the tireless support of our mentor community help make this happen. We’re grateful for your support over the last few of years and your continued time and guidance.

We love this calling Gotham home and know 2018 is going to be an amazing year for both the Barclays Accelerator and FinTech.

Without further ado, here is the next generation of FinTech disruption:

Applica | Applica replaces humans in business processes that require interpretation of text. |

FairFrame | FairFrame combines AI and behavioral “nudge” science to enhance managers’ thinking about diversity, right when it matters. |

Fintros | Fintros is the world’s most accurate Talent Acquisition Software that helps strategic HR teams instantly hire previously unreachable passive talent. |

Harvest | Harvest helps consumers get refunds on negotiable bank fees.|

Honeyfi | Honeyfi helps couples integrate their finances and work toward their financial goals, together. |

Pluto | Mobile financial wellness platform for Gen Z college students |

ResonanceX | ResonanceX is a multi-issuer digital platform using technology to transform and optimise ways to create, distribute and invest in Structured Investments. 

SendFriend | SendFriend uses blockchain technology to dramatically reduce the cost of cross-border consumer payments. 

Vector.AI | Trade Finance. Made Simpler. |

Waffle | Personalized insurance, protecting everything and everyone a person cherishes.


Jon Zanoff Jon Zanoff
Jon Zanoff is the managing director of Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in NYC. Often dubbed the “Mayor of Fintech,” Zanoff has spent 15 years galvanizing the Fintech community in the States. Previously, he was the EIR for the Barclays NYC program.

  • John Siracusa

    Looks like a great group. Looking forward to mentoring them!