An intensive 13-week programme designed to accelerate your start-up
As well as getting unprecedented access to our APIs, data and knowledge base, successful applicants will also gain invaluable insights from some of the smartest minds in the start-up and fintech worlds. For more details please read our FAQ’s.
We're looking for 10 businesses to join our 13-week programme and help us to change the way we think about finance forever.
If you're passionate about digital and have some radical fintech concepts and ideas we want to hear from you – wherever you are in the world.
Completed applications need to be in by 10th May 2015, so gather your team and tell us why you should be one of the 10 teams to join us on this journey.
Techstars is one of the world's leading accelerators, so be sure to apply! Don't miss out - check the dates and deadlines here:
Application process opens
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Barclays Accelerator begins
We're looking for technology-focused start-ups with a passion for innovation, lots of creativity and who share our revolutionary vision. We are open to businesses across all aspects of financial services.
The Barclays Accelerator is looking great founders with ideas that solve real problems or create meaningful innovations. For us, it's about the team and because of this, we're less likely to accept single founder companies. The best things you can do to strengthen your application are:
Your team must be capable of designing your solution and be ready to launch by the end of the 13-week programme. We are looking for impressive teams with an ability to execute.
We're committed to supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups. We'll provide tools, equipment and facilities – plus support for start-ups to get their products or services to market.
In conjunction with Techstars, we'll also provide mentorship from carefully selected business leaders and entrepreneurs to help you develop your business model. These mentors will be able to give you unparalleled advice with networking, marketing, PR, pitching and more - helping you accelerate your company's development.
No. Some will, but the majority will be world-class entrepreneurs and acclaimed business leaders from outside the organisation.
The application process begins online, with an application form where you can tell us about your team, your product, and the market you are in. The questions are geared to understand both the business and the founders. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews that can take place in person or remotely.
In this initial application process, we ask applicants to describe market opportunity, the team, the concept that you want to take forward and how you plan to execute it.
No, just complete the online application.
No, not at all.
Techstars invests in each company and retains 6% equity as common stock, as it does with all of its programmes. This means you'll be part of the extended Techstars network and will always be able to benefit from the business opportunities this presents.
All investments offered are from Techstars and partners. Barclays is not affiliated with these investments in any way. Any arrangement made would be entirely between you and Techstars and you should obtain independent advice if you need to make your decisions.
Barclays Accelerator London is located in the London Escalator, 69-89 Mile End Road, London E1 4TT.
Anyone from anywhere can apply. If you're accepted, you'll need to have a legal right to be in the UK. Techstars may be able to provide working visas for successful companies for the duration of the programme. If this isn't possible, we can put you in touch with agencies and services that can help you with visas and immigration, but we can only do this once you've been accepted onto the programme.
Please note that the applications for London Programme are now closed.
The London Demo Days will be in June 2015. One will be Barclays-only, so we have the first chance to see your work and ideas. Next is a Public Demo Day, which will be by invitation only. We'll invite key people from our strong network of industry leaders and press.
You'll be based in a large, beautifully designed co-working space, so you'll be surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurial people. This will give you an excellent opportunity to build strong working relationships, learn from others' experiences and share your own.
Barclays Accelerator New York will be located in Manhattan, New York City.
Anyone from anywhere can apply. If you're accepted , you'll need to have a legal right to be in the US. Techstars may be able to provide working visas for successful companies for the duration of the programme. If this isn't possible, we can put you in touch with agencies and services that can help you with visas and immigration, but we can only do this once you've been accepted onto the programme.
The Demo Days will be in October 2015. One will be Barclays-only, so we have the first chance to see your work and ideas. Next is a Public Demo Day, which will be by invitation only. We'll invite key people from our strong network of industry leaders and press.
You'll be based in a large, beautifully designed co-working space in Manhattan and surrounded by like-minded entrepreneurial people. This will give you an excellent opportunity to build strong working relationships, learn from others' experiences and share your own.
No, you'll need to make your own living arrangements. Techstars can help you to smooth the process.
We're pleased to say there's no such thing as a typical day. Throughout the programme, you can expect somewhere in the region of 150 meetings with mentors, CEOs, innovators and industry visionaries.
We'll support companies that are accepted by providing facilities, mentors, visibility and engagement around business opportunities that emerge from this programme. You'll also have the collective resources of Techstars, both during the programme and afterwards.
No, there are no guarantees. It's entirely at our discretion as to whether or not we enter into any commercial arrangement with a participating company after the programme.
Barclays is a trading name of Barclays Bank PLC and its subsidiaries. Barclays Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered Number is 1026167 (Group VAT registration: 243852262) and its registered office is 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.
Techstars is a selective mentorship-driven start-up accelerator. Founded in 2006, its philosophy focuses on deep mentorship and surrounding a small number of companies with highly engaged members of the entrepreneurial ecosystem to coach and support them for success. The Techstars community currently includes more than 1,500 mentors and over 500 alumni companies. It operates multiple programmes each year in Boulder, Boston, Seattle, Austin, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, New York, London and Berlin.
If you have questions about the programme or your application, please contact the Techstars team:
Greg Rogers, Managing Director,
Jess Williamson, Director,
Also, feel free to contact our Barclays Accelerator team:
Deddy Gan, Accelerator Lead,