Applications are Open for the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Cape Town

11/28/2016 | By Yossi Hasson

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We are excited to announce that applications have opened for the second class of the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Cape Town!

We are looking for exceptional founders who are tackling difficult problems and big opportunities. We are specifically looking for founders who are beyond the MVP stage and working on applications of financial inclusion, mobile solutions, insure-tech, payments, big data, agri-tech and beyond. The most attractive applications are those that can have a major impact across Barclays globally.

By combining Barclays’ 300+ years of financial services experience with the exceptional mentorship-driven model and entrepreneurial network of Techstars, we offer an unfair advantage to 10 startups. Since financial services is a global sector and Barclays is a global partner, we welcome applications from companies across the globe but with an African focus.

The programme will start on 9th of May and culminates with Demo Day on the 2nd of August 2017. Apply today.

Meet us:

We are holding open meetings in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Stellenbosch, Lagos, Accra and remotely through Google Hangouts. If you’d like to meet with us, please fill out this meeting request form.

Throughout November - February: Cape Town

Throughout November - February: remote Skype meetings

6 & 7 December: Lagos (Africa Tech Summit)

15 & 16 December: Accra (Women in Tech)

17 January: Johannesburg

19 January: Stellenbosch


We’re hosting an event during the application phase for interested startups that will give you a taste of the Techstars experience for a day. You will hear all about the programme from our alumni and executives from Barclays and Techstars.

January 25th: from 9am - 6pm in Cape Town. Please contact if you’d like to attend.


We’ve created this webinar to answer some of the questions that you may have about our programme. Please ensure that you watch it before you meet with us so that we can make the most out of the time we have.

Also, we’ll be hosting two live, group information sessions. These are interactive sessions where participants will be able to ask questions and hear more about the specifics of the programme.

Information session 1 – December 13th 2pm SAST: Register here

Information session 2 – January 18th 2pm SAST: Register here

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We also recommend that you follow us on Twitter for specific updates, new event postings and live Q&A. Here are our handles @yossihasson @emilyskinstad and @Thinkriseafrica

Learn more about the program here.