Barclays Black Founder Accelerator 

Championing diversity in entrepreneurship




We’re partnering with Foundervine to launch the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator, a programme specifically designed to champion diversity in innovation and entrepreneurship. 

In a Barclays’ first, we’re offering up to 25 Black-founder led pre-seed businesses the opportunity to participate in this 12-week immersive accelerator programme and help them to grow and scale. 

This virtual programme includes a series of expert masterclasses focused on product development, sales strategy, operations and leadership development for Black founders as well as mentorship and professional coaching from scaleup experts.

Meet the Season 1 cohort

Here are the 25 companies selected to take part in the first Barclays Black Founder Accelerator

Meet the cohort

Why Black founders?

Our partner, Foundervine, is an award-winning social enterprise that has a record in helping entrepreneurs from under-represented communities to imagine, start, and grow new ventures. We recognise that we have a responsibility to increase diversity across our Eagle Labs network and have asked Foundervine to help us in bridging this diversity gap, starting with Black-founder led businesses.

What does the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator include?

We’re running this programme virtually from November 2020 onwards for 12 weeks and the programme comprises:

  • Expert masterclasses covering a range of topics designed to set founders on the road to success

  • Mentoring and coaching from world-class scaleup experts

  • A dedicated Barclays champion 

  • Exclusive access to community events

  • Access to the UK-wide Eagle Labs network

  • The opportunity to showcase your business to potential clients and investors at a Demo Day at the end of the programme

Applications for Season 1 of the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator are now closed.

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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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