Barclays Black
Founder Accelerator

Foundervine is pleased to partner with Barclays Eagle Labs for the second Barclays Black Founder Accelerator, a programme specifically designed to transform the experiences of Black business founders.


Championing diversity in entrepreneurship


Barclays, through Eagle Labs, is supporting Black and ethnically diverse founders to accelerate their business, access funding opportunities and scale through a series of programmes, events, networking and one-to-one coaching from business growth experts.

We’re looking for 40 ambitious Black business founders to join the Barclays Black Founder Accelerator.

Barclays Black Founder Accelerator

The Programme:


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.

There are only 40 spaces available on this unique 12-week accelerator programme, delivered virtually from November 2021 to February 2022.

This exciting accelerator is packed with amazing masterclasses each week, spread over the 12-week programme. Each week you will attend expert-led live masterclasses, with some of the best-in-the business teaching you a range of topics from financial metrics, cashflow, product development, marketing, recruitment, pitching, and raising capital.

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 and coaching from world-class scaleup experts

  • Learning and networking events

  • Access to the Eagle Labs and Barclays network

  • The opportunity to showcase your business at a Demo Day at the end of the programme

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Who Can Apply?

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. 

Applicant Criteria:


Your Business:

  • Is a digital/tech sector business/industry

  • Ready to scale - either seed stage or beyond, have already received investment or launching your MVP 

  • 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 of the masterclasses over the 12-week period

Click here for more information on application Terms and Conditions.

Not quite ready for the Accelerator?

Barclays and Foundervine have a range of resources and programmes for businesses at all stages of growth.


To find out more about Barclays Eagle Labs and other programmes click here.

Why Should You Apply?


We have received amazing feedback from previous attendees and many have gone on to achieve amazing growth with their businesses.

Don't believe us? Here are some of the amazing feedback and achievements from last years’ cohort…


"The whole program was amazing but the best part for me was the Foundervine coaching and Barclays mentoring, that 1-2-1 experience has allowed me to see the bigger picture and grow my business in a creative and fluid way. I'm excited for the future because I feel confident."

Akeem - Lockr Space


"This has been a phenomenal experience, I have learnt so much from such a short space of time. The support from Foundervine and Barclays have been invaluable and I'm looking forward to continuing to build strong relationships within both communities.'

Pius - True Talent


"Thank you so much to Foundervine for setting up and delivering a great program with Barclays. I got to meet some really beautiful people who changed my life. I also learnt a lot. I'm so excited to now work on breaking into the top 100. Without the program that wouldn't have been possible."


David - Suada


"The biggest thing I got from this experience was confidence and connections. I was able to network, not just with the speakers but with my fellow founders. It was a wonderful experience that I'll never forget."

Annie - Epiphannie A

How to apply:


Competition is fierce for this transformative programme, so we have a 4 stage application process to ensure applicants and their businesses are at the right stage of your business journey and able to gain the most benefit from the programme.

The Application Process:

The programme involves a four-step process.

Step 1: Application

Please check that you meet the criteria. If you do, then complete the application form using the link below. Applications will close on Friday 22nd October 2021.

Step 2: Application Review

All applications will be reviewed and those shortlisted will be invited for an interview.

Step 3: Interview

Shortlisted applicants are invited for video interview lasting 30 minutes.

Step 4: Final selection

We will notify successful applicants and the programme will begin in November 2021 and last for 12 weeks.


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:

Barclays Eagle Labs Privacy Policy         Barclays T&C's          Foundervine Privacy Policy

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.