The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars is excited to open its applications for the next London programme starting in January 2020. We look forward to working with talented and driven entrepreneurs who are redesigning the financial sector for both enterprise and consumer services. Start your application now or request office hours with the accelerator team.
In its 7th year of operation, our programme has had the privilege of working with some of the smartest minds in the fintech space. We bring together two powerful global networks – that of Barclays and Techstars – to provide a transformative experience for the startups that go through our programme. Alumni companies from across all Barclays Accelerator programmes are collectively valued at over $1 billion to date. The Barclays Accelerator was recently voted the top European accelerator across all categories.
Below, you’ll learn more about our areas of interest, the benefits of being based out of London, what the Barclays Accelerator programme has to offer, and how to meet with us during office hours as we source startups for our 2020 class.
What are the Accelerator’s areas of interest?
Every part of the financial sector and how it has been architected are open to innovation and change. In many areas, enterprises and consumers continue to do things in ways that are over a century old. We want to work with entrepreneurs who are changing this status quo and shaping the next generation of financial services.
Specifically, we are interested in entrepreneurs working in capital markets, data sciences, asset management, sustainable investing, mortgage lending, point of sale and personal lending, and B2B enterprise tech solutions for the financial sector.
Above all, we want to engage with exceptional entrepreneurs across all areas of fintech. We especially welcome applications from minority and women entrepreneurs.
Is London the city I want to be in?
The short and resounding answer is: YES!
Are you worried about Brexit? Anxious about what it means for financial services and your startup? You shouldn’t be.
London is, and will remain, the financial capital of the world. Over 500 years of financial infrastructure, an entrepreneurial culture, and a unique position in the global financial system isn’t going to disappear. London is the most active and robust entrepreneurial ecosystem in Europe.
Our city has one of the largest concentrations of financial service firms from across the world, potential clients, the most progressive finance regulator in the world, abundant access to early stage funding, and experienced fintech mentors and advisors. London remains a gateway to sell into the world. This powerful mix of factors is unrivalled – and the reason so many of our alumni companies have achieved success.
Why Barclays? Why Techstars?
Barclays is extremely committed to fintech. With 16 completed programmes to date, over 160 fintech companies have been through the Barclays Accelerator. Barclays recently established Rise Growth Investments, investment capital of up to £10 million per Accelerator class, that can be used for follow-on investment in the companies upon finishing the programme. In addition to this, being close to Barclays’ headquarters in London gives startups access to industry experts, technologists, data scientists and business sponsors from Barclays that can offer each startup highly personalised feedback, potentially leading to pilots and proofs-of-concept with the bank.
The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Our programmes are designed to help you gain traction through deep mentor engagement, rapid iteration cycles, and fundraising preparation. We accept only 10 startups per programme enabling us to offer each startup a customised, high-touch experience based on the unique needs and skills of each founding team. Over 1,900 startups have been through our programmes and these alumni companies have raised more than $7.6 billion in funding. 87% of these startups are still active or have been acquired. Techstars can materially improve the odds of your startups success. You can learn more about the benefits of our accelerators here.
Tell me about the format of the programme? What are the terms?
We run a three month programme out of Rise London, the #HomeOfFinTech, in Shoreditch. Spread across seven floors, Rise London has one of the highest densities of fintech companies and talent in London.
Like all Techstars’ accelerators, the anchor of our programme is “Mentor Madness”. Selected startups will have the opportunity to engage with about 100 of Europe’s top fintech mentors who will advise you on your business model, go-to-market strategy, technology, pricing, scaling up, IP, and fundraising. Many of our mentors go on to become angel investors and advisory board members of the startups they advise.
During the programme we host masterclasses given by experts on practical subjects including term sheets, marketing, sales, branding, legal, tech and also run curated sessions for founders’ stories. Last year the founders of Habito, Simudyne, Cuvva, Shieldpay, Sunguard among other companies spent time with the startups and shared their experiences of how they built their businesses.
Our programme culminates with a Demo Day showcase where participating companies get a chance to engage with investors, clients, media and other members of the ecosystem. Last year over 550 people, including 200+ investors, attended our Demo Day event.
Every startup that joins our programme is offered the same terms.. We invest $20,000 in each company, and offer an optional $100,000 convertible note. In return for joining the programme and access to the Techstars network for life, we take 6% ordinary stock in each company. We are the only accelerator programme that offers an equity back guarantee in case you are not satisfied with our programme.
Come meet us
If you are excited by our fintech programme, come meet us. We look forward to interacting with you in person or over a video call.
Last year, we received applications from 67 countries. While we can’t travel to every country, we welcome applications from across the world. Starting late August through September, we will be hosting in-person and video office hours in the following locations:
- UK: London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Glasgow among other cities
- North America: New York, Boston, Toronto and Vancouver
- Europe: Dublin, Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, Tallinn, Vilnius, Madrid and Lisbon
- Asia: Tel Aviv, Mumbai and Singapore
Once we announce our roadshow calendar for visiting these cities, you will be able to book office hours to meet us in person or over a video call. Periodically check this blog for our up to date calendar and office hours schedule, and follow us on Twitter for regular updates on: @CorpusKV and @Fabio_Maffioli. Request office hours with us here.
What do our alumni companies have to say about the programme?
“Being part of the Barclays London Techstars programme has allowed us to accelerate beyond any normal ramping for an early stage startup. The programme has opened doors to a global network of connections and resources that has helped build and scale a business that would typically take five years to establish.” Leanne Kemp – CEO, Everledger
“Techstars really helped to polish our message and our focus and also brought a huge amount of interested investors. We originally planned to raise $1.5m and we are now oversubscribed at $3.5m with a possibility to go even higher. From all the accelerators we have been a part of (Plug and Play in SV, K-Startup Challenge in Korea, Techcode in SV and China, Creative Destruction Labs in Canada, and Mastercard Labs), the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars stands far above all of them and there really is no comparison.” Payson Johnston – CEO, Crowdz (ultimately ended up raising $5.5m)
“The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars programme was a truly transformational experience for Cuvva; we were able to expand our network of supporters by a factor of ten, re-align the direction of the company and eventually partner with the second biggest global reinsurer, all in the space of 12 weeks!” Freddy Macnamara – CEO, Cuvva
“The main motivation for us at AgentCASH to apply for the programme was to access fintech investors and high-profile industry experts – something that completely paid off. It would have taken years to accomplish this if we had tried to build the network on our own. Some of the Techstars mentors, like Gary Turner, Managing Director of Xero, become big supporters of our company.” Sasa Sarunic – CEO, AgentCASH
“The Barclays Accelerator is a tremendous platform of growth for us. We were fortunate to move from two proof-of-concept uses of our software to 15 uses across the bank. Barclays gave us unparalleled access to senior technologists and opened itself up, in a safe way, as a sandbox so we could experiment. We went on to raise a financing round post programme and then signed a Global Framework Agreement with Barclays.” Ky Nichol – CEO, Cutover
“Being selected for the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars was transformational for our business. The access to mentors and advisers throughout the programme ensured we steered a course to success. The camaraderie amongst the cohort was amazing, strong relationships were forged and continue to grow. Introductions to senior personnel at Barclays were invaluable and enabled us to prove concepts. They bought our software and we continue to work closely with them.” Justin Lyon – CEO, Simudyne
We are thrilled to announce the 10 extraordinary teams that are joining the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars Tel Aviv today, March 31. Three months of hard work in the world’s “Startup Nation” is awaiting the class of 2019.
Tomorrow Israel’s top investors and mentors will come together at the vibrant Rise Tel-Aviv office space to celebrate the kickoff of the fourth Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv.
For the next 13 weeks, these 10 teams will work in the beating heart of one of the world’s most modern and tech-oriented cities: Tel Aviv, Israel. While connecting and interacting firsthand with successful entrepreneurs, these founders will have the opportunity to build and grow their startups in preparation for Demo Day on June 26, 2019.
The 2019 class is a multicultural assembly of talented teams, representing seven countries including Israel, U.K., India, Canada, Singapore, Belarus, and Finland. Together with our incredible mentors and Barclays executives, we are excited to support another class of companies in their goal of disrupting the Fintech industry.
We thank our generous mentors, sponsors, partners, and alumni, who continuously provide support with their time, knowledge, and passion. And a special thanks to the team at Barclays for their true commitment to the success of our partnership. The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars Tel Aviv 2019 promises to be another year of triumph and success.
The 10 Companies of the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars 2019 Tel Aviv class are:
B2B Marketplace for Peripheral Purchasing
C2B Direct Payment Solution
Early Automated Detection of Market-impacting Events for Financial Traders
End-to-end Investment Platform for Revenue-based Financing
A Fintech Platform for Guaranteed Retirement Income
Modern Banking for Cooperative Credit Societies in India
Leveraging Loyalty to Access High-quality Content and Services
Technology-Enabled Consumer Lending as an Employee Benefit
Radical Reinvention of Individual-institution Reporting, Starting with Taxes
Data Protection for All Data in Any Scenario
The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv is a program managed by Hilla Ovil-Brenner and Franka Godina together with a strong team of associates and interns from all over the world. The Rise building, in the heart of Tel Aviv, is the bee-hive where all the commotion happens.
By Kartik Varma and Chris Adelsbach
We are thrilled to announce and to welcome 10 exciting companies to the 2019 Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars in London.
Starting in the summer last year, we were on a mission to recruit the 10 best teams to join our programme. While many of our companies are based in Europe, our teams are incredibly global and diverse, coming from Africa, Asia, the Americas, and of course Europe. Companies in this class span financial services for the gig economy, cyber security, creation of new asset classes, risk management, credit card loyalty, insurance, asset leasing, and enterprise software.
It is a privilege to work with some of the best entrepreneurial talent around the world: they are redesigning the financial sector. Currently in its sixth year, the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars has solidified its reputation as the preeminent and most selective fintech programme in the world. Our growing list of successful alumni companies that are transforming financial services, like Everledger, Flux and Cuvva, is a testament to what our two powerful networks bring to the programme.
Barclays is shaping the banking landscape around the world at a time of rapid technological change and is the first partner of choice for some of the most promising fintech startups. Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed: the 1,600 portfolio companies of our 41 accelerators have raised over $6.5 billion in capital. Together, Barclays and Techstars are able to offer young companies the acceleration they need to set them on the path to success.
We’d like to thank our mentors, global partners, sponsors, and alumni for their time and generous support. We look forward to another great cohort—and to presenting these companies to you on Demo Day at Rise London on May 2, 2019!.
Located in Rise London, the #HomeofFinTech, the program will start on 4th of February and Investor Day will be on the 5th of May. We are looking for exceptional founders who are enterprise-ready, tackling big, important problems in financial services.
We are specifically looking for founders using leading edge technology to provide better customer solutions in lending, regulatory and risk management, payments, wealth, loyalty, cyber-security, insurance and big data. Our definition of FinTech is broad and we welcome applications from founders across the world.
You can start your application now, but keep reading this blog for more information about how to meet us during our upcoming scouting trips. Also, be sure to click on the link to the video webinar where I will tell you more about the program. We ideally want to meet you in person or via video if possible and want to use that time to learn more about your company.
Meet the Team
We are holding office hours in London, New York, Toronto, Paris, Stockholm, Amsterdam, Dublin, Milan, Brussels and remotely through Skype. 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 Skype: now – October 13
London: now – October 13
Dublin: 28-29th August
Paris: 5th September
New York: 10-11th September
Toronto: 12-13th September
Milan: 17-18th September
Amsterdam: 19-20th September
Stockholm: 24-25th September
Oslo: 26th September
Get to know a little about me and my thoughts about mentorship and FinTech in this interview in the The FinTech Times
Why Apply to the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars?
The best way to to find out about an accelerator program is to speak with those that have gone through it. Shieldpay CEO, Peter Janes, who recently completed the worlds first fully digital real estate transaction, wrote about his experience after completing the program in 2017.
In addition, our program is considered world leading because:
Reason #1: You get access to amazing mentors
Our program is mentorship-driven and we find the people that have the network to help you succeed. Our mentors are a diverse and amazing collection of financial services executives, successful entrepreneurs, city power-brokers, top angel investors and venture capitalists, as well as amazing mentors with backgrounds in product, engineering, legal, marketing and finance. You also get instant access and mentorship to senior Barclays team members who define success as you being successful. Most of our mentors have been with us for years and are trusted, connected and effective as evidenced by the qualitative and quantitative feedback we get back from our founders. A few of our mentors from last year were former CEO of the British Banking Association, Anthony Browne, co-founder of Funding Circle, Andrew Mullinger, Senior Advisor to the Bank of England, Tangy Morgan, and co-founder and MD of Xero, Gary Turner.
Reason #2: You really grow & accelerate your business
We help our companies make tangible progress and help grow and accelerate their business. Historically nearly all companies enter demo day with a tangible proof of concept or pilot with at least one partner they meet on the program. Increasingly, these pilots turn into significant relationships like what Simudyne, Cutover and Flux have announced with Barclays.
Reason #3: Successful fundraising
Techstars is one of the most successful venture investors in the world. We were seed investors in Uber, Twilio, SendGrid and Pill Pack just to name a few (a few unicorns). And what’s more, because we find amazing companies early, other VC’s take notice.
The program culminates with Demo Day. Founders are transformed from, frankly, average communicators to excellent story tellers. Check out the video here! You’ll present your business to a curated group of top tier investors and corporate partners. Each year we have about 600 people over two days in attendance, of which over half were VC’s or angels. This is one reason why our alumni have the best record in securing funding.
Our program has had great success raising capital from tier one investors. Companies such as Everledger , Post Quantum, Aire, Ravelin, Do Pay, Cuvva, Cutover, Shieldpay, Flux, Clausematch, and Bokio are just a few examples. Globally, Techstars has the highest success rates for follow-on funding, with 154 successful portfolio company exits and $5.5 Billion of combined portfolio financing at a combined $14 Billion valuation.
Reason #4: You get a network for life
The Techstars worldwide network is one of the largest and fastest growing networks of entrepreneurs around the world. Once you are a part of Techstars, you are a part of Techstars for life, and you get to be part of the network that helps you go faster and accelerate your current and future businesses. For instance, Techstars has a team of five people in Silicon Valley that run partnerships and M&A which companies tap into many months or years after they finish the program.
Reason #5: In London, you are at the centre of the global FinTech scene
London is simply the best place to build a FinTech startup. You will be located within minutes of the world’s largest banks, asset management, and law firms. What’s more, a supportive government, forward thinking regulator and Europe’s largest VC ecosystem are all nearby (not that you’ll need to visit them as many of them treat our accelerator as a hub and regularly meet startups here)!
What Founders say About Their Experience
Our founders are like family. Here is what some are saying about our program:
“The Techstars program was a truly transformational experience for Cuvva; we were able to expand our network of supporters by a factor of ten, re-align the direction of the company and eventually partner with the second biggest global re-insurer, all in the space of 12 weeks!” Freddy Macnamara – CEO, Cuvva
“Being selected for the Barclays Techstars accelerator was transformational for our business. The access to mentors and advisers throughout the programme ensured we steered a course to success. The camaraderie amongst the cohort was amazing, strong relationships were forged and continue to grow. Introductions to senior personnel at Barclays were invaluable and enabled us to prove concepts. They bought our software and we continue to work closely with them.” Justin Lyon – CEO, Simudyne
“The Barclays Techstars Accelerator is a tremendous platform of growth for us. We were fortunate to move from two proof of concept uses of our software to 15 uses across the bank. Barclays gave us unparalleled access to senior technologists and opened itself up, in a safe way, as a sandbox so we could experiment. We went on to raise a financing round post programme and then signed a Global Framework Agreement with Barclays.” Ky Nichol – CEO, Cutover
“The main motivation for us at AgentCASH to apply for the programme was to access FinTech investors and high-profile industry experts – something that completely paid off. It would have taken years to accomplish this if we had tried to build the network on our own. Some of the Techstars mentors, like Gary Turner, Managing Director of Xero, become big supporters of our company.” Sasa Sarunic – CEO, AgentCASH
“Courtsdesk went into the Techstars Barclays accelerator as an Irish startup with an MVP in testing, and came out 12 weeks later as a globally-networked, commercially-launched business, with an advisory board packed with C-suite executives from the most influential companies in our markets, and investors that we couldn’t have dreamed of beforehand.” Enda Leahy – CEO, Courtsdesk
“Atlas started with a big vision of banking the unbanked when we joined the program in 2015. 3 of the technical associates immediately gravitated towards Atlas and joined us in Senegal. Now, all 3 work for us full time and live with us in Ghana! Having access to this talent pool allowed us to initially test and grow our product as we had a small team with many holes to fill, but it more importantly, it resulted in us establishing a family culture early on that we are now adding to as we rapidly grow.” Mickey Costa – Co-MD, Atlas
“Being part of the Barclays London Techstars program has allowed us to accelerate beyond any normal ramping for an early stage startup. The program has opened doors to a global network of connections and resources that has helped build and scale a business that would typically take five years to establish.” Leanne Kemp – CEO, Everledger
“We entered the program as a company with 6 years of R&D behind it and a team comprised of founders at an older age than your average founder. Through the expert mentoring and privileged access offered, we were able to move quickly towards commercialisation.” Anderson Cheng – CEO, Post-Quantum
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!
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We are thrilled to announce and welcome the next ten companies to the 2018 Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars. This programme has become, arguably, the most selective Fintech accelerator in the world with a growing list of alumni that are literally changing the face of financial services. Today is the first day of the programme that will run for the next thirteen weeks. Demo day will take place at Rise London in Shoreditch on the 23 May 2018.
The programme brings together two powerful networks: Barclays, who is shaping the banking landscape and quickly making itself the first partner of choice of the most promising FinTechs, 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 had been acquired. Together, Barclays and Techstars give founders the best chance for success.
In addition to being selective, this programme is remarkably global and diverse. Incredible British founders will be joined by entrepreneurs from Poland, Ireland, India, Canada and the USA. They were selected from an applicant pool focused on next generation technology for the financial services industry. Companies in this cohort 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 cohort!
Calling all FinTech founders!!
We’ve opened applications for our 2018 FinTech program, the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars in New York. The application deadline is May 13th. Apply now!
After investing in over a hundred amazing FinTech companies, the Barclays Accelerator has never been stronger. Every entrepreneur learns that if you build it they won’t come. However, when leveraging the support of the global Techstars network and the deep expertise and distribution channels of Barclays, chances for success can skyrocket.
Our most recent class was the most diverse group of founders we’ve ever had and so it comes as no surprise that they were one of the strongest we’ve ever had. This year, we’re once again taking a wide view of FinTech to include enterprise technologies that help scale and reduce risk. We’re excited about nascent technologies such as machine learning, natural language processing, and blockchain that continue to represent tremendous opportunities for innovation.
Starting in March, we’ll be hosting a series of webinars, office hours, and AMA sessions 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 here for an upcoming interactive webinar & AMA session to learn more:
- April 9th, 10:00am EST
- April 20th, 9:00am EST
- May 7th, 10:00am EST
Request Office Hours if you want to meet us one on one, 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.
- Boston, USA | March 10
- San Francisco, USA | March 14
- District of Columbia | March 23
- Toronto, Canada | March 26
- Vancouver, Canada | April 3-5
- Chicago, USA | April 4
- Indianapolis, USA | April 7
- San Francisco, USA | April 9-11
- Boston, USA | April 12
- New York, USA | April 16
- Charlotte, USA | April 20
- Los Angeles | April 24
- New York, USA | May 1
- Dublin, Ireland | May 3
- Atlanta, USA | May 8-9
- Virtual Meetings | Anytime!