Barclays Accelerator

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How would you like…?
A seed investment
13 weeks of world-class mentoring
An office in London's Tech City
A chance to revolutionise finance
Barclays Accelerator
Powered by Techstars

An exclusive opportunity to build your business

The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, offers a unique programme designed to take your business further. We're fintech-focused and overflowing with opportunities.

  • First access to a catalogue of Barclays APIs and data
  • World-class mentorship from industry experts
  • Introductions to the influential Techstars and Barclays networks
  • A 13-week programme that could accelerate your business by more than a year
  • Full use of The London Escalator

Discover more about the Accelerator and see what happened last time on the Techstars blog

An enviable package of perks and possibilities

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.

  • Up to $100,000 investment
  • $200,000 partner perks
  • Access to Barclays strategic investment team and key decision makers
  • Discover how to navigate Barclays as a service provider
  • Work in a beautiful space in London's Tech City
  • See your pitch streamed to Barclays offices worldwide
  • Become part of the Techstars alumni network for life

Take the next step on your start up journey

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 9th January 2015, so gather your team and tell us why you should be one of the 10 teams to join us on this journey.

Apply now

Key dates

2014 sees us start the enrolment process of our second cohort of ground-breaking businesses into the Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars. Below are some key dates for your diaries.

3rd November 2014

Application process opens

9th January 2015

Application process closes

18th February 2015

Finalists notified

30th March 2015

Barclays Accelerator begins

23rd June 2015

Demo day


General overview

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Application process

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