Applications are Now Open for the 2018 Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars in Tel Aviv

The unique partnership between Barclays and Techstars brings two networks together into one mentorship-driven accelerator program that offers entrepreneurs unprecedented access to a world leading bank and Techstars’ international mentor and investor relationships.

Barclays is a multinational bank with a network of open innovation hubs across the globe. Our hand-picked companies will be working side-by-side with Barclays to explore meaningful engagement and partnership opportunities on a long-term basis.

The companies in our program will have the opportunity to tap into Barclays data/APIs relevant to their test-case, close mentorship and connection to Barclays network of subject experts and investors, support in navigating Barclays teams and governance from Group Innovation, and even free workspace at the Rise workspace for three months after the program.

Techstars is the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed. Techstars founders and their teams connect with other entrepreneurs, experts, mentors, alumni, investors, community leaders, and corporate partners to help their companies grow.

With an accelerator portfolio market cap of more than $10 billion, Techstars has 34 accelerators and thousands of Techstars Startup Program events in nearly 170 countries.

Each year, we choose over 300 companies to join our three month mentorship-driven accelerator, investing $120K and providing hands-on mentorship and access to the Techstars Network for life.

Local and international applications are welcome! 10 companies will ultimately be selected to come to Tel Aviv for our 13 week program. In the past, we had teams from New York, London, Berlin and Helsinki who moved to Tel Aviv to participate in our accelerator.

We believe that exceptional teams create game changing companies. So more than anything, we seek awesome founders with innovative startups. The areas that interest us include:

Payments, Distributed Ledger Technology, Cyber Security, IOT, Cloud, ID and Biometrics, Capital Markets technologies, AI and Machine Learning, Voice and NLP, Open banking and APIs, Robotic Process Automation, RegTech, Risk Management and Customer Ecosystem.

We would also love to explore areas like Gaming, VR/AR, Computer Vision and P2P relevant to the banking industry.

If you see your startup joining the world’s largest network for entrepreneurs and working alongside a leading multinational financial institution – then the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars is for you.

There are many ways to find out more. Check out the information below. We look forward to meeting you!

The 2018 Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars program will kick off at RISE Tel Aviv on May 27th, 2018, concluding with a Demo Day on September 5th, 2018. Apply here.

Join us next month for a presentation of the program. This will include Q&A with our alumni.
If you would like to attend, please write to

Check out what our founders have to say:

Aamar Hussain, CEO of FinancialJuice:

The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars has been one of my greatest life experiences. For 13 weeks, you are thrown into the most fast-paced entrepreneurial bubble, meeting amazing mentors through the Techstars worldwide network, creating great friendships and expanding your mind as to what is possible with your business. The give first philosophy created openness and community that made you feel a part of something great. Richard, our direct connection to the behemoth that is Barclays, worked tirelessly to push meetings and engagement with the bank to drive our product integrations forward.   

Omri Dotan, CEO of Wisor:

What’s not to love about the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars as a founder? There’s an amazing Techstars team, great mentors to get advice, and most important – new friends.

You get to build and expand your network with direct access to Techstars. You get funding, intros to investors and also to potential customers. I find it hard to think of better sandbox to build, reshape and design your startup.

Tali Av-Zuk, CEO of Vala:

The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars program beat my expectations and took Vala to a different level of business. The network, exposure and mentoring are priceless, and we feel lucky to be a part of this community for life.

Jason Grad, CEO of Bstow:

Bstow set out to achieve several objectives during our time at the Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars and were happy to achieve all of them. During our time in the program, we were able to collaborate with Barclays and other large enterprises, learn from top startup leadership, and gain access to a vast network of mentors and other resources to accelerate our growth. Highly recommend.

Leav Graves, CEO of Samurai:

The Barclays Accelerator, Powered by Techstars had accelerated our growth immensely. Through expert mentoring, privileged access, international classes and worldwide networking, we were able to grow much faster and provide a better, more sophisticated product. More importantly, it allowed us to find design partners and international clients and reduce our time to market.