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Fintech: Barclays to bring Rise community to UK


As the world celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week this week (16-20 November 2015), Barclays has announced that it is bringing Rise, a network of physical spaces and a virtual global community designed to pioneer the future of financial technology (fintech), to the UK with the re-branding of its Escalator sites in London and Manchester.



Following the global Rise launch in New York in July, Barclays has now re-branded its Escalator hubs in London and Manchester to expand Rise’s international reach. The Rise London and Rise Manchester sites will now be connected to the global network, enabling UK based innovators and start-ups to connect with Rise members across the world and scale their ideas to new markets. Barclays currently has a Rise hub in New York, and recently announced expansion to Cape Town and Tel Aviv. Additional sites are set to open globally in 2016.

Rise London and Rise Manchester will continue to provide free events and meeting space, as well as housing two Central Working collaborative workspace clubs. Rise London will also continue to house the London cohorts of the Barclays Accelerator powered by Techstars. The Barclays Accelerator is a 13-week intensive startup program designed to help businesses deliver breakthrough innovations in fintech. In addition, Rise is a global digital network aimed at promoting online collaboration and participation in innovation challenges.

“With Rise we’re unlocking the power of open innovation to co-create the future of financial services, which will ultimately benefit customers and clients across the globe.” said Derek White, Barclays Chief Design and Innovation Officer.

“We’re excited to be tapping into some of the most active locations for innovation in the world, connecting them to each other to accelerate the development of fintech. Our sites in London and Manchester will broaden our reach further, which now already spans four continents.” added White.

Rise London initially opened its doors in March 2014, with Rise Manchester following in November 2014 and New York in July 2015. To date Rise has hosted over 8,000 hours of events focused around innovation and entrepreneurship, attended by over 6,000 different businesses. The Barclays Accelerator programme has also received over 2,000 applications from over 95 countries across all cohorts. For more information visit http://thinkrise.com/.

About Rise
Rise is a global innovation community connecting start-ups, corporates and experts to co-create the future of financial services and beyond.
We bring 325 years of expertise and resources from Barclays, and partner with a curated range of global experts to create an ideal environment to help build the businesses of our members.
We are a melting pot of diverse skills and geographies, and at the heart of our community is open-innovation. Everyone is here to support, and be supported by, fellow Rise members. Rise is defined by our community so we do everything we can to connect and empower them, accelerating their growth and inspiring them to develop scalable businesses that will change the world.
http://thinkrise.com/

About Central Working
Central Working helps to create happy, successful businesses.
Its network of five beautifully designed clubs across the UK provides over 1,000 businesses of all sizes with the environment, community and support to thrive. Members have the option of dropping-in, a permanent office or using a collaborative workspace.
The network is built around an understanding that businesses require much more than just office space to thrive. They need love, a community, confidence and connections. That is why the Central Working team works closely with members to create an environment in which they can meet, share and collaborate.
Central Working works with a range of businesses from partners such as Microsoft Ventures to members such as Unforgettable, the world’s first marketplace for services and products that improve the quality of life for those living with dementia, and The Big Sky, winners of the London Independent Film Festival, Best Film 2014. Previous member success stories include the launch of Angry Birds in the UK and leading meditation app, Headspace.
Central Working’s existing London clubs are at Bayley Street, Bloomsbury; Bonhill Street, Shoreditch; City near Liverpool Street and inside Rise London on Mile End Road. Central Working’s Manchester club is located inside Rise Manchester on Deansgate.
Central Working was founded in 2011 and has won numerous customer service awards as well as gaining recognition for the company’s growth. In September 2015 Central Working won the Employee Engagement award at the HR in Hospitality awards, with the judges recognising Central Working’s innovative, honest and entrepreneurial approach to staff training and motivation.

About Techstars
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to live. With dozens of mentorship-driven accelerator programs and thousands of community programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey, from inspiration to IPO. Techstars provides access to tens of thousands of community leaders, founders, mentors, investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and Do More Faster™. Techstars supports every stage of the entrepreneurial journey – from early stage grassroots community development to more formal opportunities that provide education, experience, acceleration, funding and beyond.

About Barclays
Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards 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 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs over 130,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.
For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com

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