140 FinTech Investments: The Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars

Applications are now open for the fifth Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in New York.

Over the last 6 years, Techstars and Barclays have become two of the most active FinTech investors in the World.

So what’s behind the success? Because let’s be honest… FinTech is really (really) hard.

The program creates an unfair advantage by marrying the banking expertise and unparalleled distribution of Barclays with Techstars’ proven track record of accelerating technology companies.

Now, this program is not for the faint hearted. You have to be tenacious, resilient and – most importantly – you have to be pushing the known boundaries in capital markets, consumer banking, insurtech, risk management, payments/credit, lending, regtech, credit solutions, blockchain, and more.

Starting in March, we’ll be hosting a series of webinars, office hours, and AMA sessions. These will help you to get to know the community and provide information on Techstars’ approach to entrepreneurship.

Do you have questions about the program and what we look for?

Register for an upcoming interactive webinar & AMA session to learn more:

Request office hours if you want to meet us one-on-one to receive mentoring and advice on your startup, business model, and product.  If we’re not coming to a city near you, you can always select a virtual meeting when applying.

Open Office Hours:

  • Vancouver, Canada | March 12
  • Boston, USA | March 20
  • Toronto, Canada | March 25
  • Washington, DC, USA | March 28
  • New York, USA | April 2
  • Chicago, USA | April 17
  • Atlanta, USA | April 24
  • New York, USA | April 30
  • London, UK | May 1
  • Tel Aviv, IL | May 6
  • San Francisco | May 10
  • Virtual Meetings | Anytime!

We’ve also designated specific dates dedicated to office hours for founders from underrepresented groups (women, people of color, veterans, founders over age 50, LGBTQ, etc.). If you’re an underrepresented founder, we’d love to hear from you! You can request virtual or NYC-based office hours with us on March 22nd or April 16th.








Q4 2019 Applications Now Open

Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, today announced that applications are now open for 2019’s Q4 mentorship-driven accelerator programs. These programs that are officially receiving applications:

These nine programs include three new accelerators that will be celebrating their inaugural classes in 2019. The Heritage Group Accelerator Powered by Techstars is digging into technologies across construction, materials, environmental and recycling, and energy and refining. The UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars is focusing on health care innovations supporting payer and care provider efforts. The EPS MaritimeTech Accelerator powered by Techstars is geared towards technologies with applications to the maritime industry including regulations, fuel efficiency, vessel operations, digitalization, and navigation. Together with our corporate partners, we can’t wait to find the first Techstars classes of startups that are going to transform these industries.

Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars heads into its fifth year of program having achieved amazing success, with notable alumni such as RealBlocks, Sigma Ratings and Novo. Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars is going into its third year of program looking for the next class of companies focused on voice technology innovation. Colliers Proptech Accelerator Powered by Techstars, Techstars Energy Accelerator in Partnership with Equinor, Techstars Montreal AI Accelerator and Techstars Paris Accelerator are all gearing up for their second year of program after strong performances in 2018—the companies from these classes are securing funding rounds and growing fast.

Techstars mentorship-driven accelerator programs attract the best startups and founders, who then #DoMoreFaster—participants often say that they accomplish more in the three months of the program than they would in a year and a half, working on their own. We’re proud of our record of success: check our our top 50 Techstars alumni companies and their funding raised to date. Of the nearly 1600 companies that have come through our accelerator program, nearly 90% are active or have been acquired, and between them they have raised over $6.5 billion!

Our alumni entrepreneurs agree that the Techstars experience has been essential to their success: watch these founders talk about exactly how we helped them grow.

We’re looking forward to meeting our next classes of rising entrepreneurs. Interested in learning more? Tell us more about you and your company here or apply now to our open programs.








Announcing the 2018 Class of the Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in New York

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.

 








Barclays Accelerator Office Hours in Atlanta

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AMA: Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in New York

Join us onMonday May 7 at 10am EST to learn more about the accelerator program and get your questions answered!

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/barclaysnyc_may7








Barclays Accelerator Office Hours in NYC

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AMA: Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in New York

Join us on Monday April 23 at 10am EST to learn more about the accelerator program and get your questions answered!

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/barclaysnyc_april23








Barclays Accelerator Office Hours in Charlotte

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Barclays Accelerator Office Hours in NYC

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Barclays Accelerator Office Hours in Boston

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