The UK continues to be a critical hub for scaling tech businesses. With the support of Barclays and Macquarie, SwiftScale provides high-growth companies with expedited access to this market and unprecedented opportunities for scale.


Established in 2016, SwiftScale helps selected late-stage tech companies to accelerate UK growth by providing access to their private network of 250+ prospective corporate clients and partners.

Chosen scaleups are introduced to senior stakeholders from some of the world’s largest companies, exposed to the majority of the UK venture community and given extensive access to and support from SwiftScale’s 2019 partners, Barclays and Macquarie.

SwiftScale is by invitation only, with a rigorous selection process for both scaleups and executive members. Of the 693 tech companies identified globally, only 10 were chosen to participate.


The 2019 cohort includes a broad range of emerging enterprise technologies designed to tackle operational challenges and deliver positive business change across industries, from financial wellbeing to cyber security to mental health to intelligent automation.

SwiftScale's 2019 cohort
SwiftScale’s 2019 Cohort

“It’s such a privilege to be working with inspiring founders shaping the future of business. We’re delighted to be joining forces with Barclays and Macquarie as we support outstanding startups on their scaling journeys. These partnerships bring three incredible networks together and offer our cohort unprecedented access not only to the connections of two world-leading companies, but also to SwiftScale’s extensive community of senior executive and investor relationships.”

Alex Sainty, CEO & Co-founder, SwiftScale

“Barclays is excited to partner with SwiftScale and their extended network of corporates, investors and scaleups. This partnership will enable us to further expand our reach into the FinTech market and expose Barclays to new technologies. We’re thrilled to bring this all together and look forward to hosting future events with Swiftscale at our Rise London site in Shoreditch.”

Mariquit Corcoran, Managing Director, Barclays

“We see SwiftScale’s creation of this unique model as a critical value-add which allows entrepreneurs to connect with large enterprise customers at an engaged senior level. SwiftScale’s offering is highly complementary to the work of our Venture Capital team which identifies — and invests in — outstanding entrepreneurs, and connects them with end customers”

Daniel Phillips, Executive Director, Macquarie Bank

Photographer – Brenna Duncan

The cohort:

Catalytic’s user-friendly automation platform orchestrates and manages work processes involving RPA, people and systems

Immersive Labs is the world’s first fully interactive, on-demand and gamified cyber skills development platform

Neyber is an award-winning financial provider helping people look after their money, and employers look after their people

Remesh’s agile research platform enables companies to quickly engage with a live audience and ask open-ended questions, at scale

SpotQA created Virtuoso to make automated application testing intelligent, fast and accessible to anyone

Teach on Mars’ mobile-led learning software puts a smart, social learning assistant in every user’s pocket

Tilkee enables organisations to track all sent documentation and view real-time insights on every recipient’s reading behaviour

Unmind is a workplace mental wellbeing platform creating healthier, happier, more human organisations

XM Cyber continually and automatically simulates cyber attacks, enabling companies to identify and remediate hidden security issues

YellowDog provides on-demand access to virtually unlimited computer power, without any extra hardware investment



Barclays is a transatlantic consumer and wholesale bank offering products and services across personal, corporate and investment banking, credit cards and wealth management, with a strong presence in our two home markets of the UK and the US. With over 325 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 40 countries and employs 82,000 people. Rise, created by Barclays (thinkrise.com), is a global community of the world’s top innovators working together to create the future of financial services. With a diverse network of FinTech talent, one of the world’s leading accelerator programmes and workspaces based in the main FinTech hubs of the world, Rise is an exclusive place for FinTech companies to connect, create and scale together with Barclays.


Macquarie is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equity and commodities. An ASX top-10 listed company with a market capitalisation of approximately $A44 billion, Macquarie employs more than 15,700 people globally with offices in 30 markets, and has total assets under management of $A551.3 billion. The diversity of Macquarie Group’s operations, combined with a strong capital position and robust risk management framework, has contributed to a 50-year record of unbroken profitability.


SwiftScale is an innovation exchange helping brands and corporates to collaborate with fast-growth startups (scaleups) and vice versa. By introducing business leaders to relevant scaleups, SwiftScale raises awareness of emerging enterprise technology and highlight its potential to drive positive business change. In return, scaleups access an extensive network of growth investors and senior stakeholders from prospective corporate clients and partners.