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The financial services industry continues to transform, with our second cohort addressing major markets around bonds, investment banking, insurance, Bitcoin, blockchain, and beyond. While some founders are tackling inefficiencies they’ve personally experienced in finance careers, others have spotted opportunities to bring their expertise in security, fraud, or IT change to the fintech world.

Following a very strong first cohort in 2014, we were intrigued and excited to read through hundreds of applications submitted from over 60 countries. Throughout the selection process it has been a sincere honour to get to know many amazing and passionate founders across the industry, and it is never easy selecting ten startups with so many impressive companies being built.

As Day 1 is now upon us, those joining us for this 13 week adventure have moved from parts of the world near and far ranging from Australia to Nepal to Sweden, San Francisco to New York City, and of course the UK with a strong gravitational force for FinTech in London already.

All are challenging the status quo. All are here to advance the finance world, whether building a startup for the first time or as a founder who has taken three of her companies public already. Without further ado, we are delighted to bring together and welcome our second cohort of Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars, London 2015. Let’s begin!

The Ten Companies

Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.09.18 PM Basestone provides cloud-based collaboration on major construction projects, creating data streams from the field that impact loan and insurance pricing.
Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.43.17 PM Blocktrace provides immutable ledger for diamond ownership & related transaction history verification for insurance companies, claimants & law enforcement.
Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.10.41 PM Godesic – a project management platform for IT infrastructure change-over in the financial services industry.
Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.46.19 PM LiquidLandscapedata visualization for creating linked, immersive data exploration environments used by traders
Origin A new marketplace for large corporations and institutional investors, using technology to facilitate direct debt and bond issuance
Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.34.30 PM PQ Solutions Provides cyber security that uses cutting edge encryption techniques designed to beat attacks by quantum computers.
Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 3.36.24 PM 1 Ravelin Provides data science and machine learning with a merchant’s fraud profile to deliver pin-point accurate online fraud detection.
Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 4.17.02 PM Safello – a Europe-focused Bitcoin exchange with plans to expand into payments.
Screen Shot 2015-03-22 at 4.18.36 PM Stockfuse – a gaming platform that quantifies talent through simulation, currently used by banks to identify and find future trading employees.
Startup #10 Has elected to remain in stealth mode until a later date, stay tuned.


Jess Williamson
Jess Williamson is the Global Program Director for Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars, which now runs fintech programs across London, New York, Tel Aviv and Cape Town. Previously, Jess was the co-founder of StartupCafe, and involved in product launches for startups TenBu Technologies (nio) & PWB Health. @JessInBlue

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    Very impressive line up, we look forward to support Cohort 2.