Barclays Techstars Accelerator Africa 2017 Applications Open

Got a Fintech innovation? Applications are now open for the Barclays Techstars Accelerator Africa 2017 that provides up to $45,000 funding per team.

The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, is an intensive startup programme designed to capture, shape and scale the next generation of innovative fintech businesses. The programme draws upon mentors from across Barclays and the Techstars network.

This year, the accelerator is interested in all aspects of financial services, whether you are making an impact on payments, lending, financial inclusion, digital banking solutions, trading, cyber security, data analytics, machine learning, cryptocurrency, insurance, wealth management or beyond, you are welcome to apply.

10 companies will be selected and the selected startups will take part in a 13-week programme beginning in May 2017, at the Rise fintech innovation hub in Woodstock, Cape Town. While visiting Lagos last week, Yossi Hasson MD Techstars Africa advised entrepreneurs to apply and according to him, “The depth of experience that the Techstars team and global mentor network has in working with and investing in over 900 start-ups is unprecedented for the African continent. The Accelerator pushes for one year’s worth of traction in three months. At the end, your company won’t come out the same, regardless of stage.”

Applications close on the 5th of February 2017 and fintech companies can apply here.