Local entrepreneurs ready to accelerate their business to the next level


Eight budding Guernsey entrepreneurs and start-ups are ready to make their business dreams into reality with the Barclays Eagle Lab and Digital Greenhouse accelerator programme.

This six-week accelerator programme will take eight local entrepreneurs through an intensive business boot-camp day, followed by five modules ahead of a pitch event on 20 November – where they will present their business plans to an audience filled with local experts and members of the public.

Gez Overstall, Ecosystem Manager at the Barclays Eagle Lab in Guernsey, said: “We’re excited to welcome local visionaries that have fantastic business ideas with huge potential onto the programme. “Starting something from the ground-up is one of the most difficult things to do, so we hope this structured approach can help people realise their dreams.”

The pilot scheme is a joint venture between the Digital Greenhouse and Barclays Eagle Lab and will play host to local experts who have volunteered their time to help get these start-ups off the ground. Support will be offered in the form of speakers and also connecting the entrepreneurs with a business mentor for the duration of the programme. The scheme will also play host to a group of local 16-18 year old students from the Guernsey Grammar School Sixth Form Centre. This group won their place on the course by emerging from a talented field of young entrepreneurs at the youth accelerator programme, run by the Eagle Lab and Digital Greenhouse in July.

Lucy Kirby, Head of Digital for Economic Development at the Digital Greenhouse, said: “Supporting local start-ups is fantastic and offering a place to local students can ensure the leaders of tomorrow are also receiving the experience they need to be successful.“Guernsey is filled with fantastic skilled talent and we hope some of these bright individuals bring forward their game-changing ideas.”

Those taking part will learn more about everything from finance to marketing and human resources to presentation skills. More information about subjects that will be covered in the programme can be provided upon request.

If you're interested in attending the presentation evening you can apply HERE




About Barclays

Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US.

With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs approximately 83,500 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

Barclays offers wealth and investment products and services to its clients through Barclays Bank PLC and its subsidiary companies.  Barclays Bank PLC is registered in England and authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Registered Number: 1026167. Registered Office: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP.   Barclays Bank PLC, Guernsey Branch is licensed by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission under the Banking Supervision (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 1994, as amended, and the Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law 1987, as amended. Barclays Bank PLC, Guernsey Branch has its principal place of business at Le Marchant House, St Peter Port, Guernsey, GY1 3BE.

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