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Barclays Accelerator Powered By Techstars To Scout For Fintech Startups At The Benzinga Fintech Awards


Benzinga, a leading online financial media publication and host of the Benzinga Fintech Awards, an event dedicated to recognizing outstanding innovation in financial technology that is specific to the capital markets, announced today the participation of Barclays Accelerator powered by TechStars, who will be attending and recruiting at the event on April 8th, in New York City.

Both the Benzinga Fintech Awards and Barclays Accelerator program in New York City are in their inaugural year and share a common goal of shining a spotlight and propelling remarkable Fintech startup companies.

"At Barclays we recognize that innovation will not solely be driven from within our organization so we are actively embracing the opportunities and expertise of the start-up ecosystem. Our Accelerator enables us to help translate emerging technologies into what could be the future of financial services" said Derek White, Barclays Chief Design and Digital Officer.

Techstars has worked with numerous corporations to run accelerators through the Barclays Accelerator program and is accepting applications until May 10th, at which point they will select ten Fintech startup companies to provide funding along with extensive mentorship, networking and development for three months.

Benzinga will announce the winners of the 2015 Benzinga Fintech Awards, an online competition that went viral and garnered over 10 million impressions through a social media based voting system. Over 100 of the most innovative financial technology companies competed against each other. The finalists will be presented to a highly respected panel of judges and the winners will be announced on the evening of April 8th.

"The caliber of companies that competed this year has been impressive. If you're looking for the next big company in fintech - and tech companies in general - you need to be at this event," said Josh Brown, of Ritholtz Wealth Management, one of the five official judges for the competition.

The other official judges are Steve Ehrlich of Honos Financial, Ron Insana of CNBC, Andrew Ackerman of DreamIt New York, Charlie Kroll of Andrea, and Kyle Bazzy of Benzinga. Several surprise industry leaders will be presenting the awards and meeting with exhibitors.

"We continue to say that the Benzinga Fintech Awards is not your typical fintech conference. It is a must-attend event for anyone interested in networking, deal-making and taking their business, product or career to the next level," said Joel Theard, Director of Special Projects at Benzinga. "With venture capital, accelerator and media outlets in strong attendance, it just becomes a no-brainer. We have found that people really want to be there. It is the power of relationships that creates the value."

"If you operate in the capital markets, this is the place to be as this will be the only event where you will see all the hottest companies in the capital markets space," said Jason Raznick CEO of Benzinga. "We want to change the definition of financial technology to include capital markets," said Kyle Bazzy, President of Benzinga. "The Fintech Awards Gala will be the first event to feature products that help people create wealth in capital markets."

To learn more about attending the event and being part of this ground-floor opportunity, or for information on exhibiting or sponsoring, please visit

Thank you to our sponsors

Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, MorningStar, FinTech Sandbox, SIX Financial Information, Xignite, StockTwits, Berkery, Noyes & Co, Barclays Accelerator / TechStars, Microsoft, and NASDAQ.

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About Benzinga Fintech Awards

Designed to uncover the most innovative companies within the financial technology capital markets sector, the Benzinga Fintech Awards will provide the winning finalist companies with new opportunities for growth. Benzinga is giving out over $1,000,000 in total prizes and services, which includes a grand prize of 5 million ad impressions on and a one-year Benzinga Cloud news & data license subscription.

About Benzinga

Benzinga is a leader in financial technology via operation of its three brands. Trusted by millions each month, features actionable news and analysis. Benzinga Professional is the premier real time news and data platform trusted to power the largest companies of finance. Marketfy is a financial marketplace which allows investment experts to seamlessly build products and tools for investors.

About Techstars

Techstars is the gold standard for startup accelerators. At the core is our massive interconnected network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and corporate partners helping the most promising startups do more faster. With 15 programs worldwide, our mentorship-driven accelerator program funds the best companies in the most entrepreneurial communities. Since 2006, over 70% of the 400 companies from almost 40 Techstars programs have prospered, representing approximately $2.5 billion in total valuation.

About Barclays

Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays' purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions – in the right way. With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 135,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.


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