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We are excited to announce that applications have opened for the second class of the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Cape Town!

We are looking for exceptional founders who are tackling difficult problems and big opportunities. We are specifically looking for founders who are beyond the MVP stage and working on applications of financial inclusion, mobile solutions, insure-tech, payments, big data, agri-tech and beyond. The most attractive applications are those that can have a major impact across Barclays globally.

By combining Barclays’ 300+ years of financial services experience with the exceptional mentorship-driven model and entrepreneurial network of Techstars, we offer an unfair advantage to 10 startups. Since financial services is a global sector and Barclays is a global partner, we welcome applications from companies across the globe but with an African focus.

The programme will start on 9th of May and culminates with Demo Day on the 2nd of August 2017. Apply today.

Meet us:

We are holding open meetings in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Lagos, Accra and remotely through Google Hangouts. If you’d like to meet with us, please fill out this meeting request form.

Throughout November – February: Cape Town
Throughout November – February: remote Skype meetings
6 & 7 December: Lagos (Africa Tech Summit)
15 & 16 December: Accra (Women in Tech)
17 January: Johannesburg
19 January: Stellenbosch


We’re hosting an event during the application phase for interested startups that will give you a taste of the Techstars experience for a day. You will hear all about the programme from our alumni and executives from Barclays and Techstars.

January 25th: from 9am – 6pm in Cape Town. Please contact emily.skinstad@techstars.com if you’d like to attend.


We’ve created this webinar to answer some of the questions that you may have about our programme. Please ensure that you watch it before you meet with us so that we can make the most out of the time we have.

Also, we’ll be hosting two live, group information sessions. These are interactive sessions where participants will be able to ask questions and hear more about the specifics of the programme.

Information session 1 – December 13th 2pm SAST: Register here
Information session 2 – January 18th 2pm SAST: Register here

Follow us on Twitter

We also recommend that you follow us on Twitter for specific updates, new event postings and live Q&A. Here are our handles @yossihasson @emilyskinstad and @Thinkriseafrica

Learn more about the program here.

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Yossi Hasson Yossi Hasson
Yossi is the Managing Director of the Techstars Blockchain Accelerator in NYC. Previously, he ran the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Cape Town. He is a passionate entrepreneur and angel investor. Prior to Techstars, Yossi co-founded SYNAQ, an open source cloud email security company. After scaling to 1 million users, SYNAQ was acquired by Dimension Data and awarded Top 20 Tech Startup in Africa by Forbes Magazine. Yossi has an MBA from the Gordon Institute of Business Science. He also lectures on Entrepreneurship and is a member of Endeavor and Entrepreneurs Organization.