“You have to, to serve these markets, re-imagine how money can be managed and moved because there’s going to be more change in the next five years in financial services than happened in the past 30.”
-Dan Schulman, CEO PayPal
Applications are now open to join the Barclays Tel Aviv Accelerator, powered by Techstars. The program will start March 31, 2019 and end with a Demo Day on July 2, 2019. Applications close December 16, 2018. You can start your application now, and keep reading for more information about meeting us and hearing from alumni founders!
Fintech is on the Rise
The demand for innovative Fintech solutions and investments in this field are increasing every year. The world of capital markets and banking is evolving thanks to innovative Fintech developments, and experts predict this will only continue to grow in the coming years. According to Innovate Finance, China had $7.7 billion in Fintech investments, the US had $6.2 billion, and the UK had $783 million.
The Barclays Accelerator: Who Is It For?
Techstars has partnered with Barclays to create an accelerator ideal for passionate entrepreneurs with a knack for tackling difficult challenges and going after impressive opportunities. The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is looking for FinTech startups working on blockchain, open banking, risk management, payments, cyber security, AI, machine learning, or big data.
Participants benefit from access to a global network of entrepreneurs, successful and inspiring mentors, and access to investors and potential corporate partners. The Barclays Accelerator is held in Tel Aviv, the heart of the Startup Nation. It is one of the best places to build a startup, network with fellow founders and experts, and learn from the best and brightest mentors as you grow and develop the skills you need for long-term success.
Techstars’ Global Track Record
Techstars’ network helps entrepreneurs in 150+ countries and features over 10,000 mentors, 300,000 alumni, and 4000 events. Over 1500 companies have participated in Techstars accelerators, and 90% of them are still active or acquired with total funding of $5.8 billion and a market cap of over $16.1 billion.
What Founders say About Their Experience
Founders appreciate and value our work. Here is what some are saying about our program:
“We love Techstars! Really. This program gave us so much – an amazing support team,
great content, smart people, a wonderful network of companies and founders that we feel so close to, and most importantly – a boost to help us grow the company.
We could not be happier to have chosen this path – and look forward to ringing the Nasdaq bell together!” – Ben Fried, CEO Cred
“Techstars has been a great experience for our founding team and we are looking forward to being part of the network for life.” – Melissa Koch, CEO InFront Compliance
“The program is a worldwide quality accelerator! it improve our business to the next level.” – Christian Torres, CEO Kriptos
“Techstars really helped us create a super relevant network for our business within three months.” – Yaacov Goldenhersh, CEO LiST
“The entire StremX team is grateful for this amazing opportunity and we truly believe that this program help us move forward in our dreams of creating a successful startup!” – Itai Cohen, CEO StremX
Meet the Team
Myself, Hilla Ovil Brenner, the Managing Director here in Tel Aviv and Franka Godina the accelerator’s Program Manager that leaves no problem unsolved, are excited to meet you. We are holding office hours in Tel Aviv, Berlin, Munich, Singapore, Tallinn, Oakland and remotely through Google Hangouts. If you’d like to meet with us, please check out the date and times below, and fill out this meeting request form.
- Remote on Hangouts – October through December
- Sardegna: 11th-12th of October
- Oakland: 22nd-24th of October
- Singapore: 12th-16th of November
- Tallinn: 20th-23rd of November
- Berlin, Munich, Vienna: late November, early December
Ready to apply? Get started now. Applications close December 16th! If you have any questions, take 14 minutes to listen to my webinar about the program.
We are thrilled to announce and welcome the next ten companies to the 2018 Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv. Today is the first day of the program that will run for the next 15 weeks. Demo day will take place on the 5th of September 2018 in Tel Aviv.
The program brings together two powerful networks: Barclays, who is shaping the banking landscape and quickly making itself the first partner of choice for the most promising FinTech companies, and Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. The 1300 portfolio companies of Techstars have raised over $4.6 billion in capital and 139 have been acquired. Together, Barclays and Techstars give founders the best chance for success.
Being a serial entrepreneur myself, I truly understand the value of having a true, worldwide network aimed at helping entrepreneurs succeed.
In addition to being selective, this program is remarkably global and diverse. Incredible Israeli founders will be joined by entrepreneurs from Montenegro, Ecuador, India, Italy and the USA. They were selected from an applicant pool focused on next generation technology for the financial services industry. Companies in this class have launched exciting businesses using technology to address opportunities in options trading, compliance, cyber-security, open banking, supply chain, legal, payments, insurance, property management and lending.
I’d like to thank our mentors, sponsors, partners and alumni for their generous support. We look forward to another great class!
Cred helps financial institutions personalize their investment offering. As each retail investor accepts, rejects, and tweaks their suggested portfolio and underlying equities, Cred’s future suggestions become more accurate.
Cubbit is the first cloud provider that does not need expensive, polluting server farms. Thanks to our award-winning p2p technology and the power of sharing economy, we transform the unused internet resources of users into encrypted cloud services for SMEs.
Automating the full lifecycle of a homebuyers experience from application to underwriting and closing/funding on the blockchain.
InFront Compliance is building a collaborative compliance platform that helps enterprise and their vendors keep pace with innovation.
Kriptos is a sophisticated software that classifies and labels company information using Artificial Intelligence. Obtains the probability of data loss, measures the economic impact of data loss and generates policies of use.
LiST dramatically expands the Life Settlement space by creating a new and efficient marketplace offering investors of all sizes the opportunity to freely enter the LS market and invest in a transparent, diversified and highly liquid format while simultaneously helping the policy owners to maximize the value of their policy.
We are developing an AI-based fintech software solution for optimizing investments in renewable generation and energy storage.
Mobile-centric insurance for farmers in emerging markets. OKO aims to provide over 2 billion farmers with an affordable and efficient insurance against droughts and excessive rainfall.
The SafeHouse Secure Cloud can protect any device that it is connected to it. It sits as the first point of contact to the Internet for all traffic that is passing through it; using a combination of homegrown and existing cyber capabilities, and AI – driven analytics we are able to detect and prevent cyber threats in real-time.
An AI platform that can read and understand customer contracts just as humans do.
As a serial entrepreneur, I’ve taken many remarkable paths in my life – but I’m about to start my most exciting venture yet.
I am pleased to announce that I am taking over the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv as managing director. Working alongside Program Manager Yasmin Nachum, we are going to support our class of exceptional founders to help them accelerate their companies, tap into the industry and receive mentorship and insight from Barclays.
Before I found my passion in entrepreneurship, I completed two law degrees and practiced law in Israel and NYC. More recently, I was the CEO and co-founder of the publicly traded company White Smoke, Inc. While at White Smoke, we invented a sophisticated grammar engine that was adopted by over 50 million users around the world.
But my entrepreneurial experience doesn’t end there. During my life, I have raised over $40 million, built teams from the ground up, learned the ins and outs of business models, management, and the best part – making dreams become reality.
I sit on several tech advisory boards, I’m an investor, a mentor to multiple accelerators, and am continuing to become deeply embedded in the startup arena. Last year, I had the honor of being nominated one of the most influential people in tech by GeekTime, a leading Israeli website.
Another passion of mine is supporting women entrepreneurs. I am the founder of Yazamiyot, Israel’s largest community for women entrepreneurs, as well as Campus for Moms in Collaboration with Google, an international innovation program for moms on maternity leave.
What I’m Looking Forward to the Most
Discovering the Big Idea – The word innovation gets thrown around in the startup world, but I truly can’t get enough of it. I’m excited to discover great ideas that are in Israel and beyond. Two world changing ideas stemmed from Israel, Waze and Gett. How did we ever get anywhere before Waze? How did we think of ordering a taxi before Gett? I’m thrilled to work with Techstars to turn ideas into successful companies.
Building Great Teams – Techstars says that they look for five things when selecting companies to join their programs: team, team, team, market, and idea. In that order. I’m a great believer in people, and am looking forward to working with founders, partners and investors to form strong companies and even stronger teams.
Helping Entrepreneurs – As I mentioned before, I love being an entrepreneur, but I love coaching others. There’s nothing more satisfying than hearing founders say they were influenced by my advice. I can’t wait to work with all of our companies in the program, and use my experience to help them grow.
So let’s do this. Let’s draw in the best companies and mentors from all over the world to create a pool of successful fintech entrepreneurs. Let’s work with amazing partners like Barclays and grow the Techstars worldwide network.