Barclays and Anthemis Female Founder Programme: A more level playing field for female founders

Female Innovators Lab

A more level playing field for female founders

Barclays and Anthemis are committed to bringing more women into entrepreneurship and closing the fundraising gender gap

The Female Innovators Lab is a US, UK and Europe based studio dedicated to cultivating entrepreneurial talent in women from all sides of the financial services ecosystem. The Lab’s mission is to identify female founders at the idea stage of their journey and match them with the resources and mentorship required to develop a company and bring their business concept to market.

Anthemis’ track record as early-stage FinTech investors and venture builders, coupled with the power and global footprint of Barclays, makes this an exceptional opportunity for prospective founders to progress their business ideas.

Once established, the startups have the option to move into our Rise building in New York or London, where they will have unparalleled access to mentoring and networking opportunities from the world-class FinTech hub.

Female Innovators Lab

Meet the Barclays executive sponsors

Kathryn McLeland

Kathryn McLeland
Kathryn is the Executive Investment Sponsor of the Female Innovators Lab and Group Treasurer at Barclays

Mariquit Corcoran, Barclays' Innovation Head of Partnerships, Programs and the Rise FinTech Platform

Mariquit Corcoran
Mariquit is the Executive Sponsor of the Female Innovators Lab, and Group Chief Innovation Officer at Barclays. 

Hear from our Female Innovators Lab team

Barclays Group Innovation
Mariquit Corcoran, Chief Innovation Officer at Barclays, and Sonal Lakhani, Global Head of Programmes and Strategic Initiatives at Barclays, discuss why Barclays and Anthemis are best placed to deliver the Female Innovators Lab and some advice for any female founders looking to apply. 

Barclays Principal Investments
Kathryn McLeland, Group Treasurer at Barclays, and Kester Keating, Head of US Principal Investments at Barclays, discuss the success we’ve seen with the Lab so far, and why we’ve expanded from the US into the UK and Europe. 

Katie Palencsar, Global Head of Venture Studio at Anthemis, discusses the mission of the Female Innovators Lab, why Anthemis and Barclays partnered, alongside the type of FinTechs we invest in and why. 

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How to apply
There is no formal application process, and inquiries are accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for the Female Innovators Lab, tell us a bit more about you and your project.

Additional resources
Learn about the further support Barclays offers women in FinTech, from networking to mentorship.

Female Innovation Lab

Helping female founders thrive

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Female Innovators Lab

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