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Barclays Black Founder Accelerator | Foundervine

Black Founder

Championing diversity in entrepreneurship

About the Accelerator

The Barclays Black Founder Accelerator is a dedicated 12-week programme designed to champion Black founder-led businesses through a series of masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring to help them accelerate and grow. Bringing expertise from sales, marketing, technology, business and investment, the programme will provide you with the tools you need to take your business to the next level.


This accelerator offers a series of expert-led masterclasses, covering various topics essential for business growth. Throughout the duration of the program, you'll participate in weekly sessions led by industry leaders, delving into subjects such as financial metrics, cash flow management, product development, marketing strategies, recruitment techniques, pitching skills, and fundraising strategies.

Specially chosen mentors will be paired with the selected start-ups and will work closely with them during the programme and beyond to help them grow and scale.

In order to apply and benefit fully from this amazing opportunity it is important that you meet the application criteria and your business is at the right stage to get the maximum benefit from the programme.

Your Business
  • Uses digital technology to operate/deliver their value proposition

  • Ready to scale i.e either seed stage or beyond, received investment and launching your MVP 

  • A UK registered business

You/Your Team
  • At least 1 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

Guiding your Growth

This unique experience will enable you to develop new skills, gain support, learn vital tools and improve your pitch to help you successfully scale your business.

Mentoring & coaching

Dedicated Barclays champion

Access to cutting edge resources

Pitch your business to investors and VC's

Access to Eagle Labs & Barclays network

Lifetime membership of the Foundervine community

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2024 timeline

There are only 25 spaces available on this unique accelerator, delivered through a combination of virtual and in-person events from June through to October 2024.

Meet the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator cohort of 2024

Barclays Black Founder Accelerator cohort directory

Barclays Black Founder Accelerator 
  • How much do the events cost?
    The Accelerator is free to attend for eligible applicants. ​
  • How do I register for an event?
    Simply complete the sign up form.
  • Do I have to attend all five sessions?
    Yes, as this programme has been designed as a 5-week course, with each session building on the learnings of the last. We are looking for participants who can commit to attending all the sessions.
  • Are all the sessions online?
    Yes, they are all online. You just need a laptop/iPad with a good internet connection to join any session.
  • How can I get in touch if I have any other questions?
    Feel free to email us at [email protected]

Terms and Conditions

Barclays Black Founder Accelerator | Foundervine
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Foundervine and Barclays Eagle Labs are working together to deliver the Barclays Black Founders Accelerator. For this purpose, we are acting as a joint data controller in order to assess the start-ups who would benefit most from our support and to deliver the programme. 


For more detailed information on how and why Foundervine or Barclays Eagle Labs use your information, including the rights in relation to your personal data, and the legal grounds for using it, please go to:

To participate in the Programme, you must (i) be over 18 years old; (ii) be based in the UK; (iii) self-identify as Black or of Black heritage; (iv) have founded (either alone or with another or be a ‘C-suite’ executive within) a UK registered technology business employing a minimum of 2 employees (with a maximum of 2 people from your company being allowed to participate in the Programme) and (v) have been informed in writing by Barclays that you have been accepted on to the Programme.

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