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Launchpad Business Challenge

The Launchpad Business Challenge will bring some of the brightest digital minds together to ideate and innovate in a vibrant atmosphere. Be a part of the co-creation revolution and together we can create compelling products and exciting experiences.

How would you use gamification to enhance the mobile and online banking experience for our customers?

We’ll be exposing sandbox banking APIs and a sandbox mobile banking app, and asking you to challenge what’s possible.

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We have 16 million customers worldwide – and 5 million of those use our mobile banking app. If you had access to sandbox banking data, could you work with us to create something amazing that will improve the digital experience for real people? We think you could. That’s why we’re giving you access to our sandbox APIs and mobile banking app, so over to you… What can you do?

What’s in it for me?

We’re looking for companies who can create something innovative that can add value to the lives of millions of people.

Launchpad gives Barclays customers the opportunity to try out and give feedback on new features and ideas, helping shape the future development of digital solutions for the bank.

If you are successful in winning the Launchpad Business Challenge, you will have the opportunity to work with Barclays to develop your product further, and the potential to get your product on the Launchpad platform. The Launchpad platform will allow you to gain access to thousands of customers who want to explore and test new features. The feature pipeline on Launchpad also feeds into Barclays’ overall online and mobile banking strategy, so the most successful features and solutions have the potential to reach millions of customers.

Key dates

  • Friday 10 June: Application closes.
  • w/c 13 June: Top companies will be selected to attend the first round of pitching.
  • w/c 20 June: If successful, you will be given access to our sandbox banking APIs and mobile banking app to develop your product further.
  • w/c 27 June: Demo Day with a senior judging panel of Barclays leaders, where finalists will present a product demo.

All meetings will be held in central London.


  • Do I need to sign a participation agreement?

    Yes, participants who make it through the first round of the Business Challenge will be required to sign a Participant Agreement before attending the first round of pitching.

  • Will equipment be provided?

    Participants will be required to use their own development equipment (laptops, mobile devices etc.) and their own developer licenses.

  • When will I get access to the APIs / sandbox mobile app?

    The API documentation will be made available prior to the first round of pitching, subject to the participation agreement being signed. If you are successful in the first round of pitching, you will receive access to our sandbox banking APIs and mobile banking app on w/c 20 June.

  • Does the sandbox banking data contain real customer data?

    The sandbox banking data is test data and not actual data.

  • Can I use the APIs / sandbox mobile app after the Business Challenge?

    These assets will only be available during the Business Challenge and are not official Barclays products.

  • What coding languages can I use?

    You can use any coding languages to build your product demo.

  • Do you have any rules around code?

    Winning teams will be subject to a code review at some point following the Demo Day or immediately before winning.

  • Can I present using a PowerPoint slide?

    Slides can form part of your presentation, but you must showcase your demo at the Demo Day in order to present.

  • Is there anything else I need to know?

    Please avoid submissions which involve gambling, violence and/or giving financial advice.

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