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Barclays and Techstars are today launching a program that will give ten innovative businesses the chance to shape the future of financial services. Barclays is a major global financial services provider with over 300 years of history and expertise in banking. Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 140,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests, and protects money for customers and clients worldwide. This morning in London, we announced that Barclays and Techstars are in a partnership to provide ten FinTech startup companies startup funding and three months of deep mentorship.

We are excited to partner with Barclays on the next wave in FinTech. It’s a great opportunity for those entrepreneurs who have the right ideas that will make a difference in banking, whether it’s a new payment solution or a financial management tool.

If you’re working on a startup in the financial sector you’d be crazy to pass up this opportunity. In the Barclays Accelerator, you’ll have access to the top minds in the financial sector and you’ll build incredible industry connections. It’s a chance to do some amazing business development and network building in one of the worlds financial capitals. Become part of the Techstars and Barclays families and apply today!

One of the questions we’re frequently asked about the vertical corporate programs we power such as this one is, “Who is my investor?” The answer is Techstars. We only team with amazing organizations that truly know how to “give first” to startups and Barclays is no exception. They’re offering you mentorship, support, space, and funding. Your company will see plenty of opportunities but have no obligations. We think that’s important to understand.

Applications are open now at and will be open until March 31, 2014.  The program will begin in mid- June 2014.


David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Founder & Managing Partner of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com