Israeli Entrepreneur Tapped to Lead Techstars’ Barclays Accelerator In Tel Aviv
February 12, 2018 | Israeli entrepreneur Hila Ovil-Brenner has been appointed the new managing director of the Tel Aviv-based Barclays Accelerator, powered by the Techstars program, the two companies announced in a joint statement. Ovil-Brenner will manage the three-month accelerator, a unique international program for startups in the fields of cybersecurity and financial technology. Ovil-Brenner, a serial entrepreneur, is the founder of the WhiteSmoke Software company, and Yazamiyot, Israel’s largest community for female entrepreneurs. She also set up Google Campus for Moms, an international innovation program for new mothers on maternity leave, run jointly by Yazamiyot and Google. The Barclays Accelerator, launched in 2016, is a unique partnership between the British multinational bank and Techstars. It offers ten selected startups and entrepreneurs access to a wealth of resources, including experts, mentors, and investors in the fields of cybersecurity, insurance tech, fintech, and enterprise software as part of the 13-week program. The startups also have free access to the Rise Tel Aviv co-working space., and can draw up to $120,000 of investment from Techstars. Applications for the Barclays Accelerator close on February 25. The program will kick off on May 27 and conclude with a Demo Day on September 5 of this year.