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Barclays Labs helps high-growth UK businesses and large corporates access and increase their exposure to international markets.

Leveraging our transatlantic footprint, we have strong networks and connections in San Francisco. We are able to create tailored programmes that help high growth UK start-ups to scale globally through our Global Connect programme, and large UK corporates to innovate and transform through our Transform programme.

Find out how we’ve been supporting UK start-ups embark on their international journey by watching this short video.

 


 
 

Global Connect: San Francisco

Global Connect: San Francisco takes small groups of start-ups to learn from Silicon Valley veterans about how to progress towards raising their first round of institutional funding and we have designed the programmes around specific industries or UK regions.

By taking part in Global Connect: San Francisco, you will have the chance to:

  • Gain insight from experienced talent and mentors

  • Understand the culture, best practice and how to navigate and do business in Silicon Valley with its’ dense population of successful entrepreneurs and investors

  • Learn what venture capitalists are looking for when fundraising in San Francisco

  • Get the opportunity to practice your funding pitch to a panel of Silicon Valley investors and get direct and honest feedback to fine-tune your pitch for the future

The practice pitch is designed to give you detailed feedback on what to focus on as you progress towards your fundraise and is not an opportunity to pitch for funding.

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Testimonials

Hear what past participants of Global Connect: San Francisco have said about the programme.

 

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David Herbada
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Oxford Enhanced Medical
(2019 Made in the North Mission)

"Our attendance and participation has been one of the best investments that our company has done. The discussions about our business model and potential avenues for growth and ultimately exit, and the brutally honest feedback on our pitch presentation, by themselves, would have already been enough of a reason to travel to San Francisco, but I personally got much more than that. Not only we did get an in-depth and down to earth view into how startup investment works in the SF Bay area from investors and successful entrepreneurs themselves, who were knowledgeable, approachable and useful, but also an excellent toolkit and initial on the ground network that is already bringing us results. "

 

Richard Hobson


Richard Hobson
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Herdsy
(2019 AgriTech Mission)

"Very few places in the Start-up world are as mythic as Silicon Valley, where new companies are made and sold for millions if not billions every day. What I learned from the Barclays program is that Silicon Valley is a living, breathing place, where you can go, to raise investment at any time, but you have to take the time to build relationships and contacts. The access and mentoring I received on the Barclays Connect programme is truly world-class and in all honesty I would certainly have not been able to achieve it on my own. I would heavily recommend the Barclays Global Connect to anyone, who is thinking of raising money in Silicon Valley."

 

Josef Bacher


Josef Bacher
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Quantum of Value
(2019 Made in the North Mission)

"What a great and informative week it was. Thank you for your generosity with your time and knowledge.

"Without your support, I wouldn’t be so clear and confident going into 2020. Thank you so much for a super inspirational and enlightening week."

 

 

 

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Participant
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(2019 Made in the North Mission)
 

"The Barclays Eagle Labs programme was absolutely brilliant. Barclays and Commonwealth Ventures put together an informative and well-structured programme which was delivered by experienced and successful investors and entrepreneurs from the Silicon Valley. Not only did they share their unique knowledge on how the Silicon Valley ecosystem operates, but also shared their broader business insights.  We got immense value from attending the programme."

 

Dan Price


Dan Price
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Supplywell
(2019 Made in the North Mission)

"We expected to get an insight into how we could raise investment in the future, which we did, but in addition, we came away with actionable insights into growing our business that have an impact today. Not only this but being on this journey with like-minded companies provides a network and learnings beyond our normal horizons."

 

Dan Price


Francisco Norris
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Zelp
(2019 AgriTech Mission)

"The Global Connect mission allowed us to engage with key stakeholder in the Silicon Valley VC ecosystem, of great importance ahead of our Series A round.

"I would greatly recommend the programme to those businesses who look to kick-off their next round, or hope to to better understand VC funding in the US. Great connections, insights, and people."

 

Global Connect: San Francisco Alumni

 

Camel
Criton
Flow assured
HayBeeSee
Herdsy
Hindsightvision
 
Oxford Enhanced
Pentalib
Plus Group
Prognostix
Seedlink
Seedlink
 
Supplywell
Urban Agric
Zelp
 

Commonwealth Ventures

Global Connect: San Francisco is delivered by Commonwealth Ventures.  

The mission of Commonwealth Ventures is to share Silicon Valley’s unique knowledge and experience with the world. Commonwealth Ventures partners with global investors, governments and corporates to narrow the expertise gap between international ecosystems and the Silicon Valley. Its bespoke solutions match Silicon Valley founders, investors and subject-matter experts with international start-ups through immersive programming, one-on-one mentorship and remote education. Commonwealth Ventures empowers high-growth start-ups, scale-ups and corporates around the world.

Barclays Labs San Francisco (including the Global Connect: San Francisco and Transform: San Francisco programmes) is delivered by Barclays Capital Inc., the United States investment bank of Barclays Bank PLC. Barclays Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register No. 122702). Registered in England. Registered No. 1026167. Registered office: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP. Barclays Capital Inc. is a US registered broker/dealer and a member of SIPC, FINRA and NFA, which operates out of 745 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019.

This webpage and its contents are provided to you by Eagle Labs and Transform, business divisions of Barclays Bank UK PLC. Barclays Bank UK PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register No. 759676). Registered in England. Registered No. 9740322. Registered office: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.

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