Techstars backed Barclays Accelerator enroll second cohort

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Ten companies will begin the intensive thirteen-week Barclays Accelerator programme in London this week. Aimed at fintech companies, the programme will consist of mentoring, networking and development.

​The Barclays Accelerator, powered by Techstars, received applications from over 60 countries worldwide. The chosen ideas range from new cutting edge encryption technology for cyber security, a new bond marketplace to a Bitcoin company.

The ten companies will be based at the London Escalator, an open innovation space designed to support start-ups and entrepreneurs, giving them the optimum environment to thrive, with the opportunity to network with and learn from likeminded individuals. Each team will also receive $20,000 seed funding from Techstars.

The second cohort highlights the demand of FinTech companies. Other FinTech accelerators include Accenture’s FinTech Innovation Lab sponsored by Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley. Most recently the Lloyds, Rabobank, and Intesa Sanpaolo sponsored Startupbootcamp FinTech opened applications for a second programme. Level 39 now offers dedicated FinTech Accelerator space in the heart of London.

The chosen companies are:

-Origin, which has developed a new bond market place for large corporations and institutional investors aimed at facilitating direct debt and bond issuance.

-Safello, a Europe-focused bitcoin exchange with plans to expand into payments.

-LiquidLandscape, provides data visualisation tools aimed at helping traders to better analyse their data.

-Ravelin, a producer of “machine learning” software to help spot fraud.

-Godesic, provides a platform that manages IT infrastructure projects in the financial services industry.

-Stockfuse, has developed a gaming platform that is used by banks to spot trading talent via simulation games.

-Basestone, offers cloud-based software to help manage construction projects.

-Blocktrace, tracks diamond ownership and transaction history, providing verification for insurance companies.

-PQ Solutions, a cybersecurity company that uses cutting-edge encryption techniques designed to beat attacks by quantum computers.

-The mysterious “start-up #10”, which has elected to “remain anonymous until a later date”, Barclays said.

“Many of the teams enrolling today are exploring technologies that could particularly help transform the ways banks operate so I’m keen to see how their ideas develop,” explained Derek a White, Barclays Chief Design Officer.

Each company selected for the Barclays Accelerator will refine their business model, culminating in a public Demo Day in London in June. Applications for the New York-based version of the programme are also open now.