Barclays Black Founder Accelerator

Barclays Black Founder Accelerator

This programme is specifically designed to champion diversity in entrepreneurship and showcase Black founder-led businesses.

The programme includes:

  • A series of 12 expert-led business strategy masterclasses, focusing on topics such as defining your value proposition, hiring talent, sales strategy, marketing, intellectual property and much more
  • Mentoring and coaching from world-class scaleup experts
  • Access to business and networking events
  • Dedicated Barclays champions and mentors
  • The opportunity to showcase your business to potential clients and investors at a demo day at the end of the programme


  • Defining your value proposition
  • Customer discovery
  • Identifying your key financial drivers and metrics
  • Product development
  • Go-to-market strategy (GTM)
  • Branding and design
  • Marketing for growth
  • Advanced social media strategy
  • Building a sales strategy
  • Hiring good people
  • Diversity supply
  • Managing cash flow
  • Pitching effectively (Part 1 and 2)
  • Legal essentials for entrepreneurs
  • CMS Q&A
  • Raising capital

Applicant criteria

Your business

  • Uses digital technology to operate or deliver its value proposition
  • Ready to scale:
    • Either seed stage or beyond
    • Received investment
    • Launching your MVP
  • A UK-registered business

You/your team

  • At least one founder (or C-suite) self-identifies as Black or of Black heritage
  • You have proven expertise in your industry
  • You are available to attend all the masterclasses over the 12-week period
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