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.

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

Why should I apply?

Here’s what founders will gain from taking part in the Barclays Black Founders Accelerator:

  • A well-formed business model
  • Network of experienced mentors and peers
  • Informal advisory board of top mentors
  • Progress on team and board development
  • Opportunities to collaborate and engage with corporate and investor partners 
  • Investment-ready pitch deck
  • Clear plan for growth

Who should apply?

Early-stage UK-based pre-seed digital startups with a minimum viable proposition with one or more Black founders.

I’m interested, what are the next steps?

You will be taken to Foundervine’s website to complete the application form.

Apply now

By applying to this programme you agree to our Terms & Conditions.


Barclays Eagle Labs and Foundervine are working together to provide the Barclays Black Founders Accelerator. For this purpose we are acting as a joint data controller in order to assess the start-ups who would benefit most from our support and to deliver the programme. For more detailed information on how and why Barclays Eagle Labs or Foundervine use your information, including the rights in relation to your personal data, and the legal grounds for using it, please go to:

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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