Barclays Black Founder Accelerator 

Championing diversity in entrepreneurship

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What is the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator?

We've partnered with Foundervine to run the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator, a programme especially designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship and showcase Black Founder-led businesses. Foundervine is an award-winning social enterprise with a strong track record of helping entrepreneurs from under-represented communities to start their own business.

The programme includes:

  • A series of 12 expert-led business strategy masterclasses, focusing on topics such as defining your value proposition, hiring talent, sales strategy, marketing, intellectual property and much more – all designed to set your business on the road to success
  • Mentoring and coaching from world-class scaleup experts
  • Access to business and networking events
  • Dedicated Barclays champions and mentors
  • The opportunity to showcase your business to potential clients and investors at a Demo Day at the end of the programme.

Register your interest for the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator

We’re taking registrations of interest for the 2022 Barclays Black Founder Accelerator.

Register your interest today if you’re an ambitious UK-based business with tech or digital bias with some traction beyond MVP and with one or more Black Founders.

This programme is completely free and all we ask is that you attend all of the masterclasses over the 12-week period if your application is successful.

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Celebrating Black Futures


Meet Naima, Ashley, David and Michael - the founders defying the odds and shaping the future.






Naïma Camara spent her career working for and with startups to deploy tech that creates realistic positive change. She is the founder and CEO of Ownership - an app that fully automates ownership.

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Ashley Broderick founded Nandi Nicole in 2020 - a London-based clean beauty house for those with curly to afro hair textures and melanin-rich skin tones.

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David Thomson is a serial entrepreneur and now CEO and founder of Suada, an education technology app that makes it easy for people to remember things.

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Michael Lawal is a well-rounded leader in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship and business development. Michael is the founder and CEO of Sendit.Money - a blockchain super app for emerging markets.

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Who is Foundervine?

Foundervine is an award-winning social enterprise on a mission to support future leaders around the world on a journey to unlocking entrepreneurial potential. 

Created in response to the scarcity of diverse talent in the market, their focus is on running immersive entrepreneurship labs that help young people from under-represented communities imagine, start, and grow new ventures.

By building the pipeline of diverse talent in industry, Foundervine seek to encourage organisations and business leaders to invest in inclusive entrepreneurship, recognising the digital leaders of tomorrow.

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