You can read about fintech accelerators quickly with our latest round-up. Featuring RBS, BNP Paribas, Ben Franklin Technology Partners and the info on how to apply.

Scotland has got its “first” fintech accelerator with the launch set for May. The new hub will be based in Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) Entrepreneurial Spark business centre in Edinburgh. Start-ups will get access to RBS’s tech expertise and networks, as well as help from Entrepreneurial Spark partners Dell EMC, law firm Harper Macleod and KPMG.

Like most politicians, Nicola Sturgeon MSP, first minister for Scotland, jumped at the opportunity to pipe up over something positive: “Scotland is already playing an active role in the fintech sector and the strategy will further enhance our standing, both nationally and internationally.”

It’s always sunny in Philadelphia. And it will now also be fintech as not-for-profit economic development organisation Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania is calling for start-ups for its accelerator programme.

The programme is in partnership with Washington DC-based Village Capital and the deadline to apply is 10 March. It will run from April to June and will focus on Greater Philadelphia’s opportunities in financial services technology innovation. You can apply here.

French banking group BNP Paribas and innovation platform Plug and Play have launched a three-month fintech and insurtech acceleration programme in Paris.

The programme will provide ten start-ups with services including business plan coaching; business development opportunities; fundraising opportunities; BNP Paribas’ business relationship manager support; Plug and Play mentorship; and access to networking events and speaker series. You can apply here. Application deadline is 10 March.