Calling Trailblazing Female Founders
30 Entrepreneurs. 6 Weeks.
1 unprecedented opportunity for female-led startups.
Important Dates
Oct 9, 2020
Applications Open
Oct 22, 2020
Application Deadline
Nov 9, 2020
Programme Begins
Dec 18, 2020
Programme Concludes

Access is Everything
Research shows the biggest challenges to female entrepreneurs revolve around access: access to networks, business advice and capital. Barclays and Techstars are teaming up to select and provide 30 trailblazing female-led companies the tools and resources you need to take the next step to grow your businesses.
As a founder, growing your network allows you to connect with likeminded people, compare experiences and ideas, and overcome common challenges. That's why forming a close-knit cohort is a cornerstone element of the programme.
Addressing your basic business needs is fundamental. We'll take these concerns off the table by providing you a collection of products and services that are highly demanded by entrepreneurs.
Real Mentorship
We are bringing together an exceptional cadre of female CEOs, founders, investors, and advisors, to truly understand your unique goals and needs, and help you on your growth journey.
Telling Your Story
The stories we tell matter. That's why we'll help break the paper-ceiling by building female founders' public profile and providing you access to brand strengthening initiatives.

"We know that on every step of the journey female founders often have fewer resources to tell their stories to customers and potential funders. Female Founders First will help share the participants' stories with the world - when they need it the most - just as they are ready to scale."

Jennifer Jordan
Managing Director, Techstars

"Having worked with female founders globally we know that access to mentoring is crucial. The Female Founders First programme by Barclays and Techstars has been carefully curated to ensure female founders can access the advice that will help take their business to the next level."

Sonal Lakhani
Head of Programmes and Strategic Initiatives for Barclays Innovatio

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Female Founders First Programme by Barclays and Techstars?
The Female Founders First Programme is a unique offering from Barclays and Techstars. Over six weeks, 30 selected founders will gain access to networking, content designed to help propel their businesses forward, and promotional opportunities for their companies.

How is it different from other programmes offered by Barclays & Techstars?
The programme is not an accelerator with direct funding, nor an incubator designed to get started. The programme is an exciting six week engagement designed to help female founders prepare for what's next, share their experience, and gain access to exposure in the process.

Where will the programme be based?
The programme is entirely virtual. This means you can access it from anywhere in the world leveraging tools including Zoom and Slack.

Why should female founders participate in this programme?
Founders will gain access to specific resources designed to help prepare them for the next round of funding or scale. These resources include expert instruction, mentorship, peer networking, and brand strengthening initiatives.

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About Barclays
Barclays is a British universal bank. We are diversified by business, by different types of customer and client, and geography. Our businesses include consumer banking and payments operations around the world, as well as a top-tier, full service, global corporate and investment bank, all of which are supported by our service company which provides technology, operations and functional services across the Group.

Find out more about what Barclays is doing to help female founders thrive: Learn More

About Techstars
The Techstars worldwide network helps entrepreneurs succeed. Founded in 2006, Techstars began with three simple ideas entrepreneurs create a better future for everyone, collaboration drives innovation, and great ideas can come from anywhere. Techstars has invested in more than 2,200 companies that today have a combined market cap valuation of $29 Billion.