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Venture Growth Programme

Accelerating Growth for Bold Founders.

In partnership with Barclays funded by UK Government

The Barclays Black Venture Growth Programme is a 16-week programme for the UK's most promising scaleups in the technology and innovation sectors. By providing tailored business and investment-readiness support, the programme aims to remove fundraising barriers and accelerate these businesses' growth trajectory. 

We're accelerating growth ventures and boosting success through a three-layer approach.


A comprehensive business review to understand areas for improvement, including team talent profiling and investment readiness audit.


A core business & investment-readiness development programme delivered by experts, in order to fundamentally prepare you for your next fundraise.


Brand-building, PR, customer acquisition support, signposting to relevant stakeholders and warm introductions.

There are only 20 spaces available on this unique 16-week accelerator, delivered through a combination of virtual and in-person events from 10 August 2023 through to January 2024.

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What you need to know

Our three-stage application process ensures applicants & their businesses are at the right stage of their journey & are able to gain the most benefit from the programme.

Stage 1: Written Application

Please check that you meet the criteria mentioned above. If you do, then complete the application form using the link below.

Stage 2: Interviews

Shortlisted applicants from Stage 1 will go through a virtual interview with Barclays and Foundervine lasting 30 minutes.

Stage 3: Final Selection

Shortlisted applicants from Stage 2 will be sent an invitation to join the Black Venture Growth Programme. You will have two days to accept the invitation and confirm your place on the 2023 programme. 

Frequently asked questions

  • 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 & Conditions

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Foundervine and Barclays Eagle Labs are working together to deliver the Barclays Black Venture Growth Programme. For this purpose, we are acting as a joint data controller in order to assess the startups that 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.

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