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Source – AppsAfrica

The Barclays accelerator program is now accepting applications from innovative entrepreneurs in the African fintech industry. Barclays Africa Group is partnering with Techstars for this year’s program.

10 fintech startups will get the opportunity to participate in a 13-week program beginning in May, 2017, that will take place in the Rise fintech innovation hub in Woodstock, Cape Town. They will also get the opportunity to scale globally through Rise sites in London, New York, Mumbai, Tel Aviv and Vilnius.

The selected startups will enjoy mentorship and guidance from Barclays Group’s customer, product and technology teams, as well as access to technical expertise in a collaborative community working space. They will also get lifetime membership to the prestigious Techstars alumni communities, and the opportunity to pitch their business to the influential tech community.

Speaking on the accelerator program, Managing Director of Techstars, Yossi Hasson, says, “I truly believe that being part of Techstars gives companies such an advantage when it comes to scaling globally. The depth of experience that the Techstars team and global mentor network has in working with and investing in over 900 start-ups is unprecedented for the African continent. The Accelerator pushes for one year’s worth of traction in three months. At the end, your company won’t come out the same, regardless of stage.”  

African fintech startups who have a great team with business and technical capabilities and are willing to be based full-time at Barclays Africa’s accelerator sites for the 13 week program are invited to apply here.

Applications to the program closes on February 5, 2017.

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