Deadline To Apply Is Today: Hong Kong’s Nest Joins Barclays and Techstars in Launching a New Accelerator Program

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As an established financial center and growing tech hub, Hong Kong is a prime environment to build a FinTech startup. Running the gamut from Bitcoins exchanges to crowdfunding for equity platforms, we’ve welcomed new startups to the scene in the past year and can only expect more to follow.

Over the weekend, Hong Kong-based investment incubator NEST teamed up with banking giant Barclays and US-based accelerator Techstars to create the Barclays Accelerator Program. This London-based accelerator program gives startups a chance to be mentored by FinTech experts, entry into the Techstars alumni network and the opportunity to pitch at two prestigious demo days.

The program will take ten companies along a journey of business growth and development in London’s Tech City with up to US $50,000 seed funding. Besides refining their business model, accepted startups will have the chance to be mentored by execs from Barclays (chief information officer Darryl West and chief design officer Derek White) and Techstars (managing director Jon Bradford and founder and CEO David Cohen).

“Entrepreneurs often try to develop solutions to problems that are most relevant to them. As a
major international financial centre, Hong Kong start ups are particularly well placed to
disrupt the future of banking,” said NEST CEO Simon Squibb, who will also be on hand to support startups accelerating in the Barclays program. “Having a Hong Kong start up on the program would be an amazing opportunity for local founders to develop their ideas on a global scale.”

The deadline to submit an application is March 31st (today!) – follow this link for more details on how to apply.

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