Regardless of whether you're on the tech side or the finance side; cyber security or wealth management; pay attention, because Barclays Africa is on a mission to take start-ups up a notch, and they've launched a brand-spanking-new partnership to do just that.
Barclays Africa recently announced the launch of its new Cape Town-based start-up incubator, Rise, a worldwide community aimed at facilitating FinTech innovation and collaboration. As part of this incubator, Barclays partnered with world-renowned start-up accelerator, Techstars, to create a mentorship programme for worthy 10 start-ups. And things are set and ready to roll. While the physical Cape Town premises are set to open this December (comprising co-working facilities and an events space), the virtual presence is already up and running, and interested start-ups can now sign up for a range of online webinars starting next week.
- We recently spoke to Techstars director, Greg Rogers, who believes the next FinTech disruptor is African. Read the full article here.
Backed by Techstars, the Barclays Accelerator programme will run over 13 consecutive weeks as a mentor-driven initiative, starting in late March 2016. The programme will offer mentorship and support, as well as a wealth of knowledge and experience, also offering start-ups access to Barclays' mentors, industry experts and global executives. Applications close on 10 January 2016, so if you're keen, you better hurry.
- For more info, dates and details, or to apply for the Barclays Accelerator Programme, Powered by Techstars, click here.