Barclays Black Founder Accelerator 

Championing diversity in entrepreneurship

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We’ve partnered with Foundervine for the second Barclays Black Founder Accelerator, a programme especially designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship and showcase Black Founder-led businesses.

We’re looking for 40 Black Founder-led businesses to be part of our 12-week immersive accelerator programme and help them to grow and scale.

This virtual programme includes a series of expert-led masterclasses as well as one-to-one mentoring and professional coaching from business growth experts.

Apply for the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator

We’re taking applications for the next Barclays Black Founder Accelerator and looking for the next 40 startups to take part.

Apply 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.

Applications close on Friday 8 October 2021 and the programme starts in November 2021.

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What is the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator?

Our partner, Foundervine, is an award-winning social enterprise with a strong track record of helping entrepreneurs from under-represented communities to start their own business. At Eagle Labs, we recognise that we have a responsibility to increase diversity across our network and are delighted to be working once again with Foundervine to help us bridge the diversity gap through this programme. 

This is our second Black Founder Accelerator, a programme designed to help transform the experiences of Black business founders and provide them with a solid foundation to grow their business. 

The programmes includes:

  • A series of 12 expert-led business strategy masterlasses 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


Class of 2020

Fredi, Samuel and Delphine were part of our class of 2020 and share their experiences in these short videos.


Delphine Emenyonu from ScribePay 

ScribePay is a payment solutions business designed to give users control, security and peace of mind over their payments.

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Samuel Ola from Odara Health 

Odara Health has created a mobile app that bridges the data-gap between pharma and patients through an interactive medication leaflet.

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Fredi Nonyelu from briteyellow

briteyellow create visual and augmented reality user experiances via smartphone for retailers.

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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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