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Barclays Local Genius Challenge

When genius strikes, enter the Local Genius Challenge...

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Win expert mentoring to start your own business with Barclays


You’ve been struck by a great tech idea that could help your community. You’ve got dreams of making your idea a business one day. Now you need help to get your idea off the ground.

The Barclays Local Genius challenge is on the hunt for business-minded students across the UK. With regional finals in Glasgow, London, Northampton and Radbroke (Knutsford) we’re throwing the net wide to find future entrepreneurs with real potential to help the community around them.

What’s in it for you? Throughout the challenge stages, our entrants gain one-to-one mentoring and business training, skills workshops and advice to set any start-up apart from the crowd.

And that’s just by taking part. If you win the national finals in London you’ll have dedicated experts at Barclays, ready to give you the guidance and connections you need to get your business started right now – even while you’re still at university.

Steps to enter

  • Enter your tech idea on the website by Friday 15th February
  • A panel of Barclays colleagues and business leaders pick the top ten per region
  • The top five ideas per region present their ideas at the regional finals
  • The regional winners pitch to business leaders at the national final

Got your flash of genius already? Need inspiration? You can learn more about the challenge, what’s involved, and hear from previous winners – all on the Barclays Local Genius Challenge website.