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Foundervine CIC Barclays Black Founder Accelerator for Black founder-led businesses 2024

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.

Aim and Benefits 

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


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

Interview date, Process and Venue 


Shortlisted applicants from stage 2 will go through a video interview with Barclays and Foundervine lasting 15 minutes

Final Selection:

Shortlisted applicants from stage 3 will be sent an invitation to join the accelerator. They will have 2 days to accept the invitation. If we do not receive the acceptance we will invite the next applicant.

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.

Application Deadline

May 15, 2024

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Foundervine CIC on 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 their journey and are able to gain the most benefit from the programme.

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

For more details visit: Foundervine website.

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