We've passed through Round 2 and will be pitching at the Regional Finals!


Passed round 2!

Barclays Local Genius Competition

We’re very excited to announce that FreeCaffe has passed through Round 2 at the Barclays Local Genius challenge. March 14th 2019 was a great day at the Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf, and we will save you the suspense… FreeCaffe got through this round and will be pitching our idea in front of 5 local entrepreneur “dragons” who will choose 1 company from our region to pitch at the UK nationals April 10th!

Here is a group pic of all the Local Genius teams from the London region! Out of all the applicants from all of London, only these 12 teams got through. And sadly only 5 of these groups will be accepted to pitch at the Regionals in 2 weeks.


And we are one of the teams that got through. Check out our acceptance letter here!


We had a full day yesterday at Barclays HQ, but they were nice enough to give us some great swag and as much coffee as we could drink


Overall it was a great day, with 4 hours of pitch training and a tour of Barclays HQ. Thanks so much to the Barclays team and we look forward to pitching to the dragons in 2 weeks, see you all back in Canary Wharf March 28th.


-Andrew from FreeCaffe

FreeCaffe has been accepted to the Barclays Local Genius Challenge


FreeCaffe was chosen out of nearly 100 entries in the South England region to pass through Round One. Next we will be pitching to judges at the main Barclays HQ in Canary Wharf on March 14th 2019 and March 28th 2019, and if we get through that round we will pitch to win the Local Genius Entrepreneur competition for all of England on April 10th 2019!

You can follow our progress on Barclays’ social channels:

Facebook @BarclaysGraduates, Instagram @barclaysgrads, and Twitter @barclaysgrads

What is the Local Genius Competition? It is a UK-wide challenge for current students or recent graduates to get mentoring, one-on-one coaching support, a large audience to sell their idea, and possibly even financial backing. It is lead by Barclays Bank and is designed to help the next generation of entrepreneurs by giving them the resources to be successful. This includes workshops, business and skills training in addition to the live pitch competition!

We will keep you updated on our progress and hope to share some great news!

Andrew from FreeCaffe

3rd place at CityStarters Weekend

What a pleasure for the team at FreeCaffe.com to attend CityStarters Weekend 2018!

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October 26th-28th 2018: Over 100 students from Cass Business School entered, 40 pitched their idea, 15 ideas were chosen, and the top 3 pitches won cash prizes and mentors to help start their businesses.

Cass Business School at City, University of London is full of intelligent people and it was an exhausting but fulfilling weekend — and it was even more fun to win the 3rd place prize of £500!

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Click the link for the full article published at Cass Business School about the weekend!


See you at the next competition!

Andrew at FreeCaffe

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