“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.
The unique partnership between Barclays and Techstars brings two networks together into one mentorship-driven accelerator program that offers entrepreneurs unprecedented access to a world leading bank and Techstars’ international mentor and investor relationships.
Barclays is a multinational bank with a network of open innovation hubs across the globe. Our hand-picked companies will be working side-by-side with Barclays to explore meaningful engagement and partnership opportunities on a long-term basis.
The companies in our program will have the opportunity to tap into Barclays data/APIs relevant to their test-case, close mentorship and connection to Barclays network of subject experts and investors, support in navigating Barclays teams and governance from Group Innovation, and even free workspace at the Rise workspace for three months after the program.
Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners to help their companies grow.
With an accelerator portfolio market cap of more than $10 billion, Techstars has 34 accelerators and thousands of Techstars Startup Program events in nearly 170 countries.
Each year, we choose over 300 companies to join our three month mentorship-driven accelerator, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars Network for life.
Local and international applications are welcome! 10 companies will ultimately be selected to come to Tel Aviv for our 13 week program. In the past, we had teams from New York, London, Berlin and Helsinki who moved to Tel Aviv to participate in our accelerator.
We believe that exceptional teams create game changing companies. So more than anything, we seek awesome founders with innovative startups. The areas that interest us include:
Payments, Distributed Ledger Technology, Cyber Security, IOT, Cloud, ID and Biometrics, Capital Markets technologies, AI and Machine Learning, Voice and NLP, Open banking and APIs, Robotic Process Automation, RegTech, Risk Management and Customer Ecosystem.
We would also love to explore areas like Gaming, VR/AR, Computer Vision and P2P relevant to the banking industry.
If you see your startup joining the world’s largest network for entrepreneurs and working alongside a leading multinational financial institution – then the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars is for you.
There are many ways to find out more. Check out the information below. We look forward to meeting you!
The 2018 Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars program will kick off at RISE Tel Aviv on May 27th, 2018, concluding with a Demo Day on September 5th, 2018. Apply here.
Join us next month for a presentation of the program. This will include Q&A with our alumni.
If you would like to attend, please write to Yasmin.email@example.com
Check out what our founders have to say:
Aamar Hussain, CEO of FinancialJuice:
The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars has been one of my greatest life experiences. For 13 weeks, you are thrown into the most fast-paced entrepreneurial bubble, meeting amazing mentors through the Techstars worldwide network, creating great friendships and expanding your mind as to what is possible with your business. The give first philosophy created openness and community that made you feel a part of something great. Richard, our direct connection to the behemoth that is Barclays, worked tirelessly to push meetings and engagement with the bank to drive our product integrations forward.
Omri Dotan, CEO of Wisor:
What’s not to love about the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars as a founder? There’s an amazing Techstars team, great mentors to get advice, and most important – new friends.
You get to build and expand your network with direct access to Techstars. You get funding, intros to investors and also to potential customers. I find it hard to think of better sandbox to build, reshape and design your startup.
Tali Av-Zuk, CEO of Vala:
The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars program beat my expectations and took Vala to a different level of business. The network, exposure and mentoring are priceless, and we feel lucky to be a part of this community for life.
Jason Grad, CEO of Bstow:
Bstow set out to achieve several objectives during our time at the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars and were happy to achieve all of them. During our time in the program, we were able to collaborate with Barclays and other large enterprises, learn from top startup leadership, and gain access to a vast network of mentors and other resources to accelerate our growth. Highly recommend.
Leav Graves, CEO of Samurai:
The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars had accelerated our growth immensely. Through expert mentoring, privileged access, international classes and worldwide networking, we were able to grow much faster and provide a better, more sophisticated product. More importantly, it allowed us to find design partners and international clients and reduce our time to market.
It’s time for Barclays Techstars Tel Aviv 2017!
Today is the first day of the 2017 Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars program that will run for the next thirteen weeks.
We’ve expected that we’ll see the quality of companies applying to our accelerator increase from last year, but nothing could have prepared us for the absolutely stellar applications we received for Tel Aviv 2017. The companies joining us this year represent three different continents and a variety of business models and verticals.
With programs in London, Tel Aviv, New York and Cape Town, this has arguably become the most selective global Fintech Accelerator in the world with a growing list of alumni that are literally changing the face of financial services.
So here we are, excited to announce for the first time, the incoming class of Barclays Techstars Tel Aviv 2017:
Algosave provides Financial Institutions with innovative algorithm driven solutions to their Accounting – IFRS 9 & Regulatory Basel 3 requirements.
Exeq innovates the way people interact with their money, in pursuit of smarter, more personal banking.
FeezBack is an Automated Personal Finance assistant – we help users navigate the financial world by transforming complicated financial information into easy to use advice and personal recommendations.
Jenny is a conversational AI that brings a smart layer to a company’s existing Customer Service Infrastructure, aiming to make customer care more effective with smart automation.
Kard unlocks hidden credit card rewards with a free tool that can save you hundreds of dollars a year in points, miles and cash back.
Leo is a personal insurance assistant. Using AI technology and data, Leo provides a new, automatic insurance that meets the user’s needs in an easy and personalized way.
Ownerhood opens the real estate market by bringing crowdfunding to house-ownership.
Salaryo is a AI based flexible credit platform, offering financial stability for Millennials.
Robinhood replaces financial vendors by using its’ robot and smart BI engines to aggregate, compare and recommend upgrades for all existing portfolio.
It has been a busy summer so far at Techstars with the addition of 41 new companies and the first-ever Demo Day for several new programs! Techstars had four Demo Days across the globe, including Barclays in Tel Aviv and Cape Town, Techstars Healthcare in partnership with Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, and the Virgin Media Accelerator in London. Here’s a quick round up of the highlights:
Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv Class of 2016
Barclays Tel Aviv is proud to announce its first Demo Day. Held at the beautiful Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv, the Demo Day showcased ten fintech and cyber companies with products ranging from document tracking, remittance, financial news platform, rounding up change for donations and many more.
Len Rosen, CEO of Barclays Israel, opened the evening with an inspiring keynote, and Techstars Chief Product Officer, Nicole Glaros, and Tel Aviv Managing Director, Liron Rose, provided welcoming remarks. We were also proud to announce that 8 out of 10 companies have signed a proof of concept (POC) with Barclays, an amazing outcome for our first class in Tel Aviv!
Techstars Healthcare, in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai Class of 2016
Techstars Healthcare, in Partnership with Cedars-Sinai held its inaugural Demo Day at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on June 23rd in Beverly Hills, California. The event showcased eleven healthtech companies which represented a wide range in both product and funding. On one end of the spectrum was Ella, an online mindfulness based program to manage chronic pain, which was “born” in program after a product pivot days after the formal offer into the program, and on the other end was HomeHero, a non clinical home care provider, which has raised a 20M+ Series A round.
Darren Dworkin, the CIO of Cedars-Sinai gave the opening remarks, followed by remarks from David Brown, Managing Partner of Techstars, and the program’s Managing Director, Matt Kozlov. The Techstars Healthcare Demo Day served as the culmination of three months of progress and very hard work for the eleven companies in the accelerator program. During the event, each company demonstrated the traction that they’ve gained since founding their company, with an emphasis on the tremendous headway they made while in program. Through Demo Day, Techstars and Cedars-Sinai further accelerated the growth of the 2016 class, and their partnership in healthcare and technology.
Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Cape Town Class of 2016
The first ever class of the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, on the African continent has now drawn to an epic close.
An audience of more than 400, including investors, industry experts, fintech specialists, as well as Absa and Barclays executives, (plus 450 tuning in to the livestream globally) attended the Demo Day to hear how the startups are tackling different challenges in Africa and ultimately helping shape the future of financial services across insurance, payments and agriculture.
When you think of tech startup hubs, you likely think of places such as Silicon Valley, London, New York or Tel Aviv. But Africa is accelerating its economy and challenging the status quo of the FinTech landscape in a huge way. This has been demonstrated by the 10 companies selected from 9 different countries (making it the most geographically diverse accelerator program ever for Techstars)!
Solutions included: mobile medical insurance, lending platforms, land title registration via the blockchain and international payments solutions.
Techstars Managing Director, Yossi Hasson, together with Paul Nel, (Head of Open Innovation at Barclays), and Ashley Veasey, (Group CIO and CDO of Barclays Africa Group) provided welcoming remarks. It was a truly exciting event to celebrate the inaugural African Techstars class and the wider African startup community.
The next frontier for FinTech disruption is here. It’s now. It’s Africa.
Virgin Media Accelerator, Powered by Techstars Class of 2016
The first class of the Virgin Media Accelerator, powered by Techstars, just finished their first Demo Day at the St. James Theater in London, where the founders pitched to investors, Liberty Global and Virgin Media executives and the London startup community. Back in March, they kicked off the program with a trip to San Francisco where they met execs from Google, Comcast and Cable Labs, and spent time with Sir Richard Branson talking about entrepreneurship and how to make a real difference in the world.
Fifteen weeks later, the 10 companies ranging from a virtual reality treadmill, to a home energy monitoring system, to corporate alumni networks, disruptive ad tech, on demand iPhone repair, live football broadcasting solutions, always on voice solutions, intelligent developer tools, and peer to peer video delivery networks, all debuted their progress at Demo Day.
Building these startups with the support of Liberty Global, Virgin Media, Techstars and the amazing mentors and investors that comprise the London startup community has provided these 10 companies with an incredible start. Special thanks to Bruce Dines of Liberty Global Ventures and Neil Illingworth, Head of Innovation for Virgin Media, for their support of these founders.
We are incredibly excited to announce and welcome the first ever class of the Barclays Accelerator Powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv!
After success in London and NYC, we could not be more excited to be a part of the Israeli FinTech and Cyber communities. The number of fantastic companies we spoke to during our application process is symptomatic of extremely strong ecosystems.
This diverse, talented group of entrepreneurs has joined us from Israel and beyond – we have companies from London, Berlin & NYC coming to Tel Aviv for the 13 week program. They encompass a wide array of verticals within FinTech and Cyber – including international payments, remittance and malware detection. By combining Barclays 300+ years of financial services experience with the mentorship-driven model and entrepreneurial network of Techstars, we offer a game-changing advantage to our startups. We are in for a serious ride.
We also want to take this opportunity to thank our mentors. Their time and support is essential for this accelerator. We couldn’t do it without you!
Without further ado, here are our companies:
B2B Pay: Free IBAN for international exporters to Europe. Collect payments in 34 European countries and get 80% cheaper fees.
Bstow: Round up your spare change on debit/credit card transactions to charity.
Civilize: Communication and Consumer Advocacy Platform for people in debt.
Corr.bi: is a sophisticated Business Intelligence platform, mining data from multiple online and offline sources.
Cyber DriveWare: We’ve made a new layer of traffic visible – the I/O layer. There we detect and block new malware in real-time.
FinancialJuice: A real-time breaking financial news and content discovery platform helping traders and investors find the very best financial content.
Samurai: Data driven decision support platform for market professionals.
Slidepiper: SlidePiper gives businesses total control over their important documents after they are shared externally.
Vala: offers online money transfer and remittance services by building a marketplace for remitters and local affiliates using sophisticated risk technology.
Wisor: Build your own diversified, optimized portfolio for your mortgage.
It is with great pleasure to announce that Techstars is collaborating with Glilot Capital and Lou Kerner in our Barclays Accelerator Tel Aviv program.
The Barclays Tel Aviv accelerator is focused on both FinTech and cybersecurity, two strengths of the Israeli ecosystem. Glilot Capital brings added strength to the cyber side. Kobi Samboursky, the partner at Glilot leading this collaboration from their side, is an entrepreneur’s investor. Having founded a successful cyber company himself, Kobi understands the value of mentorship and network. As such, he has pulled in senior executives from the world’s leading cyber and defense companies like Check Point and Lockheed Martin as mentors in the program. Along with Troels Oerting, Barclays’ CISO who is also highly involved in the program, this group of cyber mentors is formidable.
Lou Kerner is Managing Partner of The Social Internet Fund and a super connector between the Israeli and U.S. markets. Based in New York City, Lou is also a partner at Flight VC, a federation of 23 AngelList Syndicates providing more than 10% of all the capital raised on the platform. At Flight, Lou manages the Israeli Founder Syndicate which invests in tech companies founded by Israelis wherever they may be. As such, he spends a considerable amount of time in Tel Aviv, connecting Israeli entrepreneurs to his large network in the States.
Some of you may have already read his widely shared blog post, “Why I am Doubling Down on Israel.” Lou has had an illustrious career on Wall Street and understands both the challenges and tremendous opportunities that FinTech can bring to the Israeli ecosystem.
Everyday Techstars is building a larger and more robust network not only in Israel but around the world. Our belief is that entrepreneurs can build great companies anywhere — so long as they have access to the right partners. Both Glilot Capital and Lou bring a powerful contribution to the Barclays Tel Aviv program.
The deadline for Barclays Techstars Tel Aviv applications is in less than 2 weeks. Apply now!
Techstars is excited to announce the expansion of our partnership with Barclays with two new accelerator programs in Cape Town, South Africa, and Tel Aviv, Israel, focused on the FinTech market. This brings the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars’ programs to four, across four continents, including existing programs in London and New York.
In partnership with Techstars, Barclays is actively embracing the expertise in the global startup ecosystem to help bring innovate technologies to the future of financial services. The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars programs in Cape Town and Tel Aviv will provide 20 companies focused on FinTech and cyber security innovation with the opportunity to participate in Techstars’ three month, intensive, mentorship-driven accelerator.
Greg Rogers, previously the Techstars Managing Director (MD) for Barclays Accelerator in London, will now oversee all Barclays Accelerator programs in an Executive Director role. Chris Adelsbach, entrepreneur and FinTech veteran, has taken over management of the London Barclays Accelerator program. Jenny Fielding will continue as the MD for the Barclays Accelerator program in New York. Cape Town and Tel Aviv MDs will be announced soon.
We are excited about this key international expansion and look forward to continuing to grow the global entrepreneurial ecosystem!
Founders and startups from around the world can apply for the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, at www.barclaysaccelerator.com.