Barclays has launched an immersive 12-week accelerator programme for 25 Black founder-led tech businesses
The launch features the work of acclaimed photographer Misan Harriman, the first Black male cover photographer for British Vogue and Oscar-nominated director Cornelius Walker
Barclays has launched a 12-week virtual accelerator programme designed to help early-stage tech businesses, founded by one or more Black entrepreneurs, in order to boost diversity in entrepreneurship.
The accelerator, in partnership with Foundervine, an award-winning social enterprise specialising in digital startups, includes a series of expert masterclasses focused on a number of core business skills, including product development, sales strategy, operations and leadership. The founders will be mentored by and receive professional coaching from scale-up experts.
So far, over 140 businesses have applied to take part in the accelerator, of which 25 successful businesses will be selected to participate in the programme.
Applications close on 29 October.
Natalie Ojevah, Ecosystem Manager at Barclays Eagle Labs, who led on the creation of the programme, said: “Having worked with businesses for a number of years, and in my current role supporting founders and startups, I have seen the lack of diversity, especially with Black entrepreneurs. I realised this was a national issue, so working with my colleagues and Foundervine, we have launched the Black Founder Accelerator. Foundervine’s track record of supporting Black founders and businesses will help us to make a real difference and I am delighted to see the programme come to life.”
Izzy Obeng, Managing Director of Foundervine, said: “I am delighted to be partnering with Barclays Eagle Labs to launch the Black Founder Accelerator. Together we have the opportunity to help level the playing field for Black founders - building a more equitable future where successful founders come from a wide range of backgrounds."