FAQs

General Overview

We are looking for companies with innovative solutions across all aspects of financial services. Including but not limited to:

  1. Payments/processing
  2. Security/fraud solutions
  3. Regulatory and compliance solutions
  4. Big data and analytics
  5. Lending
  6. Asset/wealth management products
  7. Bitcoin/cryptocurrencies
  8. P2P Lending
  9. Crowdfunding

The Rise Accelerator is looking for great founders with ideas that solve real problems or create meaningful innovations. For us, it’s about the team and because of this, we’re less likely to accept single founder companies. The best things you can do to strengthen your application are:

  • Round out your team with business, technical, and other necessary skills.
  • Make progress on your prototype or product and reference it in the application.
  • Show us you’ve really thought about your business and have actually done something about it.

We are looking for impressive teams with an ability to execute.

We're committed to supporting entrepreneurs and start-ups. We'll provide tools, equipment and facilities – plus support for start-ups to get their products or services to market.

In conjunction with Zone Startups, we'll also provide mentorship from carefully selected business leaders and entrepreneurs to help you develop your business model. These mentors will be able to give you unparalleled advice with networking, marketing, PR, pitching and more - helping you accelerate your company's development.

No. Some will but the majority will be world-class entrepreneurs and acclaimed business leaders from outside the organization.

Application Process

The application process begins online, with an application form where you can tell us about your team, your product, and the market you are in. The questions are geared to understand both the business and the founders. Shortlisted candidates will be invited for interviews that can take place in person or remotely.

In this initial application process, we ask applicants to describe the market opportunity, the team, the concept that you want to take forward and how you plan to execute it.

No, just complete the online application.

Funding

The accelerator programme is fee free for the startups. Barclays does not commit any investment and is not affiliated with any investments arrangement made.

Logistics

No, you'll need to make your own living arrangements.

We're pleased to say there's no such thing as a typical day. Throughout the programme, you can expect somewhere in the region of 150 meetings with mentors, CEOs, innovators and industry visionaries.

Legal

We'll support companies that are accepted by providing facilities, mentors, visibility and engagement around business opportunities that emerge from this programme. You'll also have the collective resources of Zone Startups, both during the programme and afterwards.

No, there are no guarantees. It's entirely at our discretion as to whether or not we enter into any commercial arrangement with a participating company after the programme.

Barclays is a trading name of Barclays Bank PLC and its subsidiaries. Barclays Bank PLC is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered Number is 1026167 (Group VAT registration: 243852262) and its registered office is 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.

Zone Startups

Zone Startups is a collaboration between BSE Institute (a subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange), Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone (incubator),Ryerson Futures Inc and Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, Canada. Zone Startups India is located in the Bombay Stock Exchange tower in Mumbai, and currently houses over 60 startups. Zone Startups India offer State of the art work space, Mentorship – Functional, Business Experts & Industry Panel, Market Development & Business Development Support, Networking & Branding opportunities, Funding Opportunity, Access to North American market and Peer-to-Peer mentoring.

Zone Startups India Program is operated in a similar manner to the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson, Canada’s largest Incubator with over 75 companies and 40,000 square feet of space.