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Female Founders First by Barclays and Techstars

Female Founders First by Barclays and Techstars

Calling trailblazing female founders

30 Entrepreneurs. 6 Weeks. 1 unprecedented opportunity for female-led startups.

Programme dates: 9th November - 18th December 2020

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 they need to take the next step to grow their businesses.

Sonal Lakhani, Head of Global Programmes and Strategic Initiatives for Barclays Innovation

The Female Founders First Programme by Barclays and Techstars is a one-off programme for 30 high-growth female founders from around the globe. The selected participants will receive mentorship and a curriculum of workshops and roundtables as well as perks, access to a great network and brand strengthening initiatives.

Watch Sonal Lakhani, Head of Global Programmes and Strategic Initiatives, Group Innovation, Barclays, explain more about this global programme.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with screening interviews for top candidates being held from 19 – 22 October 2020. 
 

Who is the Female Founders First programme for

Tech entrepreneurs, identifying as female and poised to enter their next round of funding or enter the next phase of growth towards scale

Entrepreneurs that represent and value diversity of identity, intersectionality, and thought

Achieved some level of traction in their industry and are interested in developing their media profile

Programme benefits

Networking

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 Females First offering.
 

Perks

Addressing the basic business needs of female founders 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 your public profile and providing access to brand strengthening initiatives.
 

Jennifer Jordan, Managing Director, Female Founders First by Barclays and Techstars

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, Female Founders First by Barclays and Techstars

Sonal Lakhani, Head of Programmes and Strategic Initiatives for Barclays Innovation

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 Innovation

Interested in learning more? Join our Ask Me Anything with Jennifer Jordan at 10AM (ET) on Friday, October 16th, 2020.
 

Additional resources

Find out more about how Barclays, Rise and Eagle Labs are committed to supporting female founders. 

Female Innovation Lab

Helping female founders thrive

Barclays, Rise and Eagle Labs are committed to supporting female founders, through programmes, events and connections.

Female Innovators Lab

A level playing field for female founders

The Female Innovators Lab is a New York City-based studio dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurial talent in women from all sides of the financial services ecosystem.

Mentoring for female founders

Mentoring for female founders

We've partnered with AccelerateHER, a network that believes in supporting female founders on their entrepreneurial journey.

Investing in female founders

Investing in female founders

We've partnered with Angel Academe, a fast-growing and award-winning angel investor network with over 400 registered investors focused on female founded technology businesses.

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