Facebook Accelerator London expands across Europe, Middle East and Africa

Facebook’s London accelerator program is back for a third time and this year it’s open to startups across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Facebook Accelerator London will be open to high-growth startups from across the globe, welcoming companies who create impact at scale using a wide range of technologies. Artificial intelligence (AI), virtual and augmented reality (AR/VR), blockchain and other Facebook products and technologies will all be harnessed by this year’s startups.

Facebook plays an important role in connecting startups to people, with more than 375 million people from around the world connected to a small-to-medium business from the UK, according to research from Facebook. Many of these companies operate in the tech industry. The UK’s top ten fastest growing tech startups have over half a million people connected to them via Facebook. It’s clear that Facebook plays an significant role for startups across in the UK, Europe, and beyond.

Nicola Mendelsohn, VP of EMEA at Facebook, added: “Innovation is at the heart of Facebook and today we are opening up our London accelerator programme to applications from start-ups across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The selected start-ups will gain access to experts from across Facebook including those working in Augmented Reality, Blockchain and AI. We hope that through this programme we can help nurture a new cohort of businesses towards making a positive impact on the world.”

Matt Warman, Minister for Digital, commented: “London is one of the world’s great tech hubs. It attracts record levels of investment, boasts a business-friendly environment and has a long-standing reputation for innovation. I am delighted that Facebook Accelerator London will bring startups from around the world to the capital to learn from leaders in our hugely successful tech community.

“This programme will help these startups have a positive impact in communities across the world and I encourage all interested to apply.”