Three startups working on blockchain-related products and services have been selected to join Barclays Accelerator in London this spring.
Enrolled in the 90-day mentorship-driven program, which began today, are bitcoin exchange Safello, bitcoin-based debit card creators Atlas Card, and Blocktrace, which aims to provide blockchain solutions for the insurance industry.
Startups from more than 60 countries applied to be part of the program, but only 10 were selected.
Schuill said Barclays was “heavily involved” in the selection process, with the final round comprising a question-and-answer session with 20-30 members of the Barclays team.
The chosen companies will receive $20,000 seed funding from Techstars and will also benefit from an intensive schedule of networking, mentoring and development.
Those behind Atlas Card are no strangers to this type of environment, having taken part in Tribe 4's tenure in Boost VC’s startup accelerator.
Simon Edhouse, co-founder and director of strategy at Blocktrace, explained his company hopes to assist in minimising jewellery-related insurance fraud. The company aims to provide a ledger for diamond identification and transaction verification for various stakeholders, from insurance companies and policy holders to claimants and law enforcement agencies.
Edhouse said being accepted into the Barclays Accelerator program has been a "real honour", adding:
Derek White, chief design officer at Barclays, said he recognises that, to drive innovation within his company, the international financial services provider needs to embrace the innovative startup ecosystem.
“Many of the teams enrolling today are exploring technologies that could particularly help transform the ways banks operate so I’m keen to see how their ideas develop,” he added.
For the next few months, the 10 companies will be based at the London Escalator, an open innovation space in the east of the city.
All the companies involved in the Barclays Accelerator will take part in a public demo day on 22nd June.
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